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The Ordinances
of the
Collyridian Episcopal Ecumenical Convocation

Revised June 2009

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Ordinance 1. The name of this convocation shall be heretoforth “The Collyridian Episcopal Ecumenical Convocation.” Any document or instrument created, distributed, or executed in prior to the date on which this ordinance came into effect, bearing the name of “The Collyridian Britannic Episcopal Church” shall be construed as referring to this convocation.

Ordinance 2.

(a) This Convocation is a voluntary and non-binding association of sovereign and independent Episcopates and other similar ecclesiastical entities headed by a duly elevated (consecrated or enthroned) bishop, or in absence of a bishop by a standing committee of at least three (3) duly ordained presbyters, established for the purpose of mutual aid, resource sharing, common missions and accountability to further the Collyridian and Philomarianite faith, as well as other similarly expressed feminine-centred spiritual practices, within the framework of sacramental, liturgical and traditional expressions. The Convocation has no power to regulate or control the internal affairs or governing structure of any constituent Episcopate, Missionary Episcopate, Vicariate or Area Mission.

(b) The authority of this Convocation extends to and is exercised primarily in the areas of agreed-upon common missions and establishments, as well as in mediation or arbitration of disputes between constituent Episcopates or any dispute involving a bishop, or in the matter of incardination, excardination, consecration, enthronement and discipline of bishops in communion with this Convocation and its members.

Ordinance 3.

(a) The membership in this Convocation is open to any ecclesiastical entity, religious order, or similar community whose general practice is sacramental and whose polity is episcopal whether or not such episcopacy is considered “historic” in an established apostolic succession.

(b) Each member entity shall be represented by its bishop ordinary, or in the absence of the bishop ordinary, in the order of precedence, by the bishop coadjutor, bishop suffragan, bishop auxiliary, vicar general, or by a standing committee consisting of no less than three (3) ordained presbyters.

(c) Upon request from such member entities, this Convocation may supply episcopal service to any member entity lacking a bishop ordinary or coadjutor. Such a supplied bishop is to assist the established standing committee of the episcopate, and may not assume the ecclesiastical authority unless the said episcopate officially elects or appoints that bishop to become its ecclesiastical authority, in accordance with the established constitution and canons of the said episcopate.

(d) This Convocation may, in the interest of preserving the symbolic tradition inherent in the apostolic succession, re-ordain any bishop joining this Convocation without a traceable succession, or bar such bishop from serving as a primary consecrator of any newly elevated bishop. This section notwithstanding, solely with this specific exception, non-historic bishops have the same and equal rights and responsibilities in this Convocation as all other bishops.

Ordinance 4.

(a) The Convening Bishop of this Convocation shall be the ecclesiastical authority and chief minister of this Convocation, and its affiliated episcopates within the prescribed parameters of these Ordinances. The Convening Bishop shall be the primary representative of this Convocation in ecumenical relations, and the titular head of this Convocation for ceremonial purposes.

(b) The Convening Bishop shall be elected by the simple majority of the Episcopal Council and the Council of Delegates.

(c) In the absence of a duly elected Convening Bishop, an Interim Convening Bishop shall be appointed by the Episcopal Council until such time when another Convening Bishop may be elected by the two Councils.

Ordinance 5.

The General Convocation shall consist of the Episcopal Council and the Council of Delegates.

(a) (1) The Episcopal Council consists of all bishops in the affiliated episcopates of this Convocation, except for those bishops who are formally barred from the Council by the action of the two-thirds of the bishops in good standing.

(a) (2) Bishops-elect, vicars general and vicars episcopal who have not been elevated to the holy order of bishops shall be non-voting members of the Episcopal Council.

(b)(1) The Council of Delegates consists of representatives from each affiliated episcopates’ priesthood, diaconate, minor orders and laity. The precise methods and numbers of electing Delegates shall be determined by the constitutions and/or canons of each affiliated episcopate.

(b)(2) Each affiliated episcopate is entitled to be represented in the Council of Delegates by no more than seven seats to be filled by presbyters and  deacons canonically resident in that episcopate, and minor-order clerics and laypersons with active membership in a parish, mission or congregation of that episcopate.

(c) To constitute a quorum for the transaction of business each Council must have the minimum of 70 percent of active seats present.

(d) Each Council must elect a Moderator and a Clerk upon the beginning of the first sitting of the Council for every calendar year. Incumbents and previously elected Moderators and Clerks may be reelected without term limits.  (e) In the absence of a Moderator or a Clerk, or untimely death, incapacitation, resignation, leave-of-absence or dismissal of the said officer, a Moderator pro tempore or Clerk pro tempore respectively shall be appointed by the Convening Bishop.

Ordinance 6.

All officers of the Episcopal Council and the Council of Delegates shall be elected from among the membership of the respective Council by its voting members using written or electronic secret ballots.

Ordinance 7.

The Moderator of each Council shall form and appoint various committees to carry out the necessary responsibilities of the Council.

Ordinance 8.

The Episcopal Council shall annually appoint the Executive Committee, consisting of the Convening Bishop and two other bishops (or presbyters appointed Vicars General by the Convening Bishop upon approval of the majority of the Episcopal Council), to oversee and carry out the administration of this Convocation.

Ordinance 9.

The Clerk of each Council shall be responsible for maintaining the roster of the respective Council, maintain and publish records of proceeding and votes, facilitate communications between members of the said Council, and send out necessary notices.

Ordinance 10.

(a) The fiscal year of the Convocation shall begin on May 1 and ends on April 30 of each calendar year.

(b) Common finances of this Convocation shall be overseen by a Joint Committee on Finances appointed by both the Episcopal Council and the Council of Delegates. The Joint Committee on Finances shall present a unified budget for each fiscal year to both Councils for approval.

(c) The head of the Joint Committee on Finances shall be the Treasurer of this Convocation, and shall work with the Executive Committee to administer the business of this Convocation.

(d) Neither the Convening Bishop nor the Moderator of each Council may serve as the Treasurer of the Convocation.

(e) The common missions of this Convocation shall be financed by voluntary contributions; assessments and other mandated dues or fees shall not be levied on any affiliated episcopate, any of its clergy, or other members.

Ordinance 11.

(a) This Convocation shall work to establish or cause to establish educational and training programs for clergy candidates, active clergy and other leaders of the church, and establish a standard program for the purpose of examining, licensing and certifying the education of qualified individuals.

(b) The Executive Committee shall establish and oversee the Collyridian Commission on Divinity and Ministerial Education, which shall be the primary certifying and supervisory agency for this Convocation’s educational programs, empowered to issue certifications and licenses within the mission and purpose of this Convocation and as permitted within the structure of laws and regulations governing degree-granting institutions.

Ordinance 12.

(a) There shall be an independent and impartial Ecclesiastical Tribunal, consisting of five adjudicators elected from two bishops and three presbyters or deacons canonically resident in any of the affiliated episcopates. The bishop with a seniority shall serve as the presiding officer of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

(b) Members of the Tribunal shall be elected annually by both Councils and shall serve from the date of election until the new members are elected in the following year.

(c) In the event of vacancy the Convening Bishop shall appoint adjudicators pro tempore to serve until the new members are elected.

(d)(1) Decisions rendered by the Ecclesiastical Tribunal may be appealed to the full membership of the Episcopal Council, in which case the said decisions may be reversed only by a “unanimous consensus minus one” of the Council.

(d)(2) Decisions involving the discipline, sanctions or excardination of a bishop may only be reversed by the Episcopal Council if two-thirds of the Council of Delegates concur with the Episcopal Council’s ruling.

(d)(3) A bishop may not vote in the Episcopal Council for or against the reversal of any previous rulings rendered by the Ecclesiastical Tribunal if the bishop is party to that specific case.

Ordinance 13

The Executive Committee shall appoint an archivist or a historian to maintain the archive and history of this Convocation, including the records of any past consecrations and ordinations done.

Ordinance 14

(a) Affiliated episcopates of this Convocation, as well as individual bishops, presbyters and deacons, minor-order clerics and lay members, shall be guaranteed the freedom of conscience, religious expressions, spiritual practices and beliefs in so far as their communal or individual worship and missions are concerned, including doctrinal, liturgical and kerygmatic liberties.

(b) This Convocation, in carrying out its common missions and activities, is empowered to establish guidelines and outlines of common shared values to facilitate its ministries and to inform its members and the general public.

(c) There shall be a collection of common liturgies for the purpose of facilitating the Convocation’s common worship and to assist its affiliated communities. Such common liturgies shall be structured and selected from Latin rites in Anglican use, Latin rites in Roman use, Byzantine rites, Syriac rites including Antiochian and Maronite rites, and from Slavonic rites. Shorter, reformed liturgies may be adapted also from existing Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America or of Canada, Presbyterian Church (USA) or United Methodist Church worship books.

(d) Liturgical language shall be appropriately modified for Collyridian use, except for liturgies intended for ecumenical worship, which may be written using an inclusive language.

Ordinance 15

Any previous governing documents in force, such as any documents establishing and governing the former Collyridian Britannic Episcopal Church, are hereby repealed and superseded in its entirety by this instrument, but the validity of any past actions taken by them shall not be affected. Any officers currently in office by the authority of the said documents shall remain in office until their terms expire and new officers are elected or appointed in accordance to this instrument.

Ordinance 16.

These Ordinances may be amended or repealed by the action of two-thirds of each Council’s membership and by the signed approval of the Convening Bishop. A veto by the Convening Bishop may be overridden by the unanimous vote (except for that of the Convening Bishop) of the full membership of the Episcopal Council. These Ordinances shall take effect when signed and promulgated by the Interim Convening Bishop.

ENACTMENT

I hereby promulgate the Ordinances of the Collyridian Ecumenical Episcopal Convocation, by the virtue of ecclesiastical authority presently under my custody pending an election of the Convening Bishop for this Convocation.

Signed and caused the ecclesiastical seal of the Convocation to be affixed upon this instrument under my hand on this seventh day of July, in the year 2009.

/s/ + Sarah

The Rt. Rev. Sarah-Andrea Amy Morrigan

Interim Convening Bishop

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