CONSTITUTION AND CANONS APPLYING TO LAY DELEGATES TO CONVENTION

Summary of Article III, Section 4 of the Constitution of the Diocese of Maine

Average Sunday Attendance Number of Delegates

0-50

2

51-100

3

101-150

4

151 or more

5

 
 

DIOCESE OF MAINE CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE III

Section 4. Each Parish in union with the Convention, or the Vestry thereof, and each Organized Mission in union with the Convention, or the Bishop's Committee thereof, may, at any meeting duly convened for the purpose, elect Lay Delegates to represent them in the Convention as follows:

(1) Each having Average Sunday Attendance of fifty or fewer may elect two Delegates.

(2) Each having Average Sunday Attendance of more than fifty and not more than one hundred may elect three Delegates.

(3) Each having Average Sunday Attendance of more than one hundred and not more than one hundred fifty may elect four Delegates.

(4) Each having Average Sunday Attendance of more than one hundred fifty may elect five Delegates.

Section 5. Lay Delegates shall be persons of at least 15 years of age, communicants in the Parish or Mission by which they are elected, regular supporters of its work, and shall meet the eligibility standards of the Laws of Maine.

Section 6. (1) No delegate from a Parish or Mission shall be allowed to vote in the Convention unless the Parish or Mission which he or she represents shall have paid all assessments levied upon it pursuant to any Canon within the preceding calendar year. Such delegate shall, however, be entitled to be seated and to participate in the deliberations of the Convention.

(2) No delegate shall be allowed to vote in the election of a Bishop unless the Parish or Mission he or she represents shall have paid all sums due to the Episcopate Fund within the preceding three calendar years prior to the year in which the election is to occur.

(3) No delegate shall be allowed to vote in the election of a Bishop unless the Parish or Mission he or she represents shall have been represented by at least one lay delegate in the three preceding annual Conventions. This provision shall not apply in the event that such a Parish or Mission shall have been in union with the Convention for a lesser period.

(4) The Convention for good cause shown and by two thirds majority vote, may excuse the delegates of any Parish or Mission from the requirements of subsection 3 of this section so long as the Parish or Mission shall have been represented by a lay delegate at at least one of the three preceding annual Conventions.

(5) Any Parish or Mission wishing to apply for the excuse provided in subsection 4 shall state its case in writing to the Credentials Committee of the Convention, which shall report its recommendation to the Convention on such requests.

(6) No delegate from a Parish or Mission shall be allowed to vote in the Convention unless the Parish or Mission which he or she represents shall have filed with the Bishop of the Diocese, or where there is no Bishop, with the ecclesiastical authority of the Diocese, not later than three days before the start of the Convention or June 1 of the year in which such Convention is to occur, whichever comes first, a report prepared annually for the year ending December 31 preceding, in the form authorized by the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church of the United States and approved by the Committee on the State of the Church.

Section 7. The definition of the words "Average Sunday Attendance”, the manner of ascertaining the number of Delegates to which each Parish or Mission is entitled, and of conducting and certifying their election shall be established by Canon.

Section 8. The evidence of the election of a Lay Delegate shall be a certificate prepared and submitted by the Rector or Priest in Charge (if there be one), or a Warden or Clerk of the Vestry or Bishop’s Committee (if there is no Rector or Priest in Charge), which certificate shall declare that the provisions of this Article have been complied with.

Section 9. The Treasurer of the Diocese, the Treasurer of the Maine Episcopal Missionary Society, and the Chancellor of the Diocese shall be entitled to seats and votes in the Convention.

Section l0. No Lay Delegate shall be entitled to a seat in any Convention other than that for which the Delegate was elected.

DIOCESE OF MAINE CANON 19, Of Delegates to the Annual Convention

Section 1. The number of Lay Delegates to which a parish or mission is entitled at any convention of the Diocese of Maine will be based on the Average Sunday Attendance specified in the Annual Parochial Report for the calendar year just passed. All doubtful cases shall be submitted to the Bishop for decision. 

Section 2. Where no Annual Parochial Report is filed for the calendar year just passed, the parish or mission shall not be entitled to any delegates. In the case of a parish or mission newly admitted to union with the convention, the number of delegates shall be based on the Average Sunday Attendance at the time of union.

Section 3. Lay delegates may be elected by their Vestry or at the Annual Meeting of the congregation. A certificate of the Delegates elected to the Convention shall be verified, signed, and sent by the Rector or Priest in Charge, or in the absence of either, by a Warden.

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