The Standing Committee is one of the three governing bodies of the Diocese, along with Diocesan Council and the Trustees. The Standing Committee has the following specific responsibilities:
- Serves as the Bishop’s Council of Advice, bringing diocesan concerns to the Bishop’s attention and responding to the Bishop’s own thoughts and concerns;
- Deals with property matters. All parish decisions to sell or encumber property must be approved by the Standing Committee.
- Gives consent to candidacy and ordination of deacons and priests in the diocese and to the election of bishops in other dioceses of The Episcopal Church.
- Fulfills all functions required of it by the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church & of the Diocese
- Designs and manages the search and election process when a new bishop is needed.
- Serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority when there is no Bishop.
Standing Committee members serve for a four-year term. Members are expected to commit to working collaboratively with the Bishop for the welfare of the Diocese. Members attend an evening meeting during the annual retreat of the Commission on Ministry. Occasionally, members are asked to attend Diocesan regional meetings. Lay Standing Committee members must be adult communicants of The Episcopal Church in good standing. Clerical members must be entitled to a seat at Diocesan Convention.
The Standing Committee meets at 9:45 am at Trinity Commons on the third Monday of the month, except in December, when the meeting is usually one week earlier. Meetings are usually, but not always, adjourned by 12:30 pm. With the consent of the President of Standing Committee, members who live some distance from Cleveland may, on occasion, join the meeting via conference call.
To assist transition, the November Standing Committee meeting begins with a joint session between outgoing and newly-elected members immediately following the close of Convention. New members also receive a summary of the previous year’s minutes and the annual report submitted at Convention.
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.
Gifts, Experiences and Skills
- The Diocese will benefit from Standing Committee members who are constructive; who know both when to listen and when to speak; and who will respect the diverse views both of this body and of the diocese.
- Due to the Standing Committee’s function within the wider church, members will need to become familiar with the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Ohio.
- The Standing Committee benefits from having members drawn from parishes that are diverse in size and location.
Recently, the Standing Committee has discussed the value of regional confirmations; worked with the Commission on Ministry to continue improving the care of those in the ordination process; consented to various episcopal elections throughout the Episcopal Church; and consented to parish requests to alienate church property, created a resource for Standing Committee candidacy and ordination interviews; and developed a parish guide for encumbrances and alienation of real property.
Continuing Members of the Standing Committee
Ms. Jenna Bing, St. Hubert's, Kirtland Hills
Mr. Dennis Coughlin, St. Paul's, Cleveland Heights
Mr. Greg Daniels, Christ Church, Hudson
Mr. Richard Preston, St. Andrew's, Toledo
The Rev. Gayle L. Catinella, St. John's, Youngstown
The Rev. Vanessa E. B. Clark, St. James, Painesville
The Rev. Christopher R. McCann, St. Luke's, Chardon
The Rev. Charlotte Reed, Christ Church, Hudson