THE STANDING COMMITTEE
CANON 13, DIOCESE OF MAINE (Of the Standing Committee)
Section 1. The Standing Committee shall at its ﬁrst meeting choose a Chair and a Secretary, either Clerical or Lay. The Secretary shall record all proceedings in a book provided for the purpose, and this, with all papers relative to the business of the Diocese, shall be open to examination by the Bishop and by the Convention; and a report of the acts shall be made to the Annual Convention, except such acts as pertain to its function as a Council of Advice to the Bishop.
Section 2. A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 3. The Standing Committee shall be a Council of Advice to the Bishop, and shall be summoned at any time that the Bishop may desire its advice.
Section 4. The Standing Committee shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese when a vacancy occurs in the Episcopate, except in cases otherwise provided for by the Canons of the General Convention or of the Diocese.
NEED TO ELECT in 2021: One clerical and one lay member for a three year term each
Responsibilities: The Standing Committee serves as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese when a vacancy occurs in the Episcopate (except in cases otherwise provided for by the Canons of the General Convention or of the Diocese). Other responsibilities include serving as Council of Advice to the Bishop, consenting for election of bishops in ECUSA, reviewing and approving building plans and loans by congregations, as well as interviewing and recommending people in the ordination process.
Time Commitment: The Standing Committee meets monthly, usually in Portland. Special meetings may be called.
Expenses: Travel expenses reimbursed by diocese if requested.