If there is a case involving potential clergy misconduct, the Regional Disciplinary Board is the pool of individuals from which are selected to serve as members of a Conference or Hearing Panel. The Title IV canons seek to provide for appropriate and transparent accountability when clergy have committed some sort of misconduct. It also seeks to be built upon a model of reconciliation and healing, as opposed to confrontation.
Canonical amendments to create the Regional Disciplinary Board were approved at the 204th
Diocesan Convention in 2020, which replaced the Diocesan Disciplinary Board (consisting of nine members: five clergy and four lay) with a 13-member body (seven clergy and six lay) comprised of one lay and one clergy representatives from each of the following contiguous Dioceses: Northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Southern Ohio, West Virginia, and Western New York. Each Diocese has elected one lay and one clergy member with an initial term of one, two, or three years which were assigned shortly following the election of all members. The thirteenth member (clergy), the Rev. Brad Purdom, Canon for Congregations in the Diocese of Ohio, was be selected by the Bishops of the six Dioceses.
The Regional Disciplinary Board will elect one lay and one clergy person, with one-, two-, or three-year terms to be determined following the election of all members of the Regional Disciplinary Board.
The clergy members of the Board must be canonically and geographically resident within the Diocese, have been ordained to the order from which they were elected for five or more years, and not be, either at the time of election nor the five years prior to election,
under sentence or pastoral direction.
Gifts, Experiences, and Skills
- The lay members of the Board shall be adult communicants in good standing in the Diocese
- All Disciplinary Board members are required to complete training in Title IV matters, including the materials developed on the new website approved by the 79th General Convention: www.titleiv.org
- In compliance with the 201st Diocesan Convention Resolution R-2, all Diocesan elected office holders are required to receive anti-racism training within one year of their assuming office
- Facility to understand, interpret, and apply the Canons of the Church
- Ability to weigh varied and potentially conflicting evidence in discerning what has transpired, whether it is an infraction of the Canons, and what an appropriate response might look like
- Ability to base decisions upon intellectual analysis, even in an emotionally charged context