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Diocesan Council

Position Description

The Diocesan Council:

  1. Serves as an advisory group to the Bishop and the Diocesan staff on financial and other matters. 
  2. Oversees the development of the Diocese’s operating fund budget and recommends the budget to Diocesan Convention for approval. 
  3. Provides guidance and oversight for the Diocese between conventions.
  4. Works in committees to support Diocesan staff and Diocesan ministries.
  5. Serves as liaisons to parishes of the Diocese.

Diocesan Council members serve for a three-year term; some are elected by Convention and others by the Mission Area Councils. Members are expected to participate actively in Diocesan Council meetings; to serve as liaisons to one or more Council committees that address spiritual and material stewardship oversight of various ministries;  Lay Council members must be confirmed adult communicants of the Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical Council members must be canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio.
Diocesan Council meets approximately eight times each year. The organizing meeting, usually held the first weekend of December, will be held in 2018 on November 30-December 1:  a Friday night/Saturday meeting. Most other Council meetings will be held at Bellwether Farm, 4655 N. State Route 60, Wakeman, Ohio, usually on the third Thursday of the months of January, February, March, May, June, September and October from 4:00 pm-6:30 pm. 
Gifts, Experiences and Skills
The Diocese will benefit from Diocesan Council members who understand and can develop the mission of the Diocese of Ohio, as well as that of the wider Church; have interpersonal and communications skills that help create a collegial, accountable environment; possess a general working knowledge of basic financial matters; and the structure of the Episcopal Church. Diocesan Council members should be committed to fostering the welfare of all parishes and affiliated ministries in the Diocese. 
Recent Accomplishments
In addition to preparing and recommending the operating fund budget, in the past year, Diocesan Council reviewed and approved the curriculum for the anti-racism training program authorized by Diocesan Convention.  Council also spent most of several meetings engaging in the work of Becoming Beloved Community.  Council also monitoring the progress of construction at Bellwether Farm.

Continuing Members of Diocesan Council

Mr. Curtis Allen, St. Matthew's, Ashland
Mr. Raymond Cox, Church of Our Saviour, Akron
Ms. Karen Neilsen, St. Timthy's, Macedonia
Ms. Anna Sutterisch, Church of the Ascension, Lakewood
Ms. Ute Lindenmaier Vilfroy, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland
Mr. Doug Skladan, St. Andrew's, Elyria
The Rev. Bridget Coffey, St. Andrew's, Toledo
The Rev. Shawn Dickerson, St. James' Church, Boardman
The Rev. John Drymon, Trinity, Findlay
The Rev. Mike Floyd, Christ Church, Huron
The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway, Grace Church, Willoughby

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Candidates for Diocesan Council

Elect two lay and two clergy for three-year terms: