In a statement issued by House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson at the conclusion of the first meeting of her Council of Advice, she urged the House of Deputies to "begin to see itself in a new way."
"Some may perceive their role as deputy to be finished once the gavel goes down at the close of General Convention," she said. "In fact, deputies have responsibilities which extend beyond that time."
The complete text of Anderson's statement follows:
The House of Deputies President's Council of Advice met October 16-17 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.
The Council, composed of 14 persons, is appointed by the President under the authority of Canon I.1.1(b) and gives the president, upon her request, consultation and advice.
This meeting, which was conducted in an environment of prayer and collegiality, focused on council organization and planning. The work of the House of Deputies between General Conventions and the role of deputies were topics of discussion.
Sally Johnson, Esq., General Convention Deputy from the Diocese of Minnesota, has been appointed as my chancellor. Sally is known by the House of Deputies as knowledgeable and faithful. She has served the House as Chair of the Legislative Committee on Constitution and Canons and in the triennium as a member of the Title IV Task Force.
There are many opportunities for deputies to engage in mission support and service during the triennium between General Conventions. Deputies are leaders in their dioceses. They are deputies until their diocese elects a new deputation for the next Convention. It seems to me that we need to look to the deputies between General Conventions in a variety of ways.
As we begin to explore the opportunities available to us during this triennium, the House of Deputies may begin to see itself in a new way. Some may perceive their role as deputy to be finished once the gavel goes down at the close of General Convention. In fact, deputies have responsibilities which extend beyond that time. In a letter to the deputies after General Convention I reminded them that their continuing role as a deputy or seated alternate is "to communicate the actions taken and the positions established by General Convention to your electing jurisdiction." I provided resources to assist deputies in carrying out that responsibility.
Now it is time to look forward to our work during the triennium. I have focused the Council of Advice on the role of deputies and the opportunities available to us to do our work together in the name of Jesus Christ.
The roster of Council of Advice members is available here.
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