Canon VI: Intentional Episcopal Communities

Canon VI: Intentional Episcopal Communities

Section 1. An Intentional Episcopal Community shall be defined as a Christian community, located in Connecticut, that identifies primarily with the Episcopal/Anglican way of following Jesus, worships regularly in the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer, lives beyond itself in visible and tangible ways, and contributes to the common life of the Diocese.

Section 2. A) A group of individuals or an organization wishing to form an Intentional Episcopal Community may petition to be recognized by the Annual Convention of the Diocese as an Intentional Episcopal Community upon the recommendation of the Bishops, with the consent of the Standing Committee.

B) A Parish wishing to become an Intentional Episcopal Community must first become a Worshiping Community, as defined in these canons, for a period to be determined by the Bishops and not less than two years.

Section 3. A) Every Intentional Episcopal Community is responsible to live within a system of support and accountability that links its life and ministry with that of the Episcopate and with the whole Diocese, including financial contributions to the Budget of Convention at a level determined by the Mission Council in consultation with the Bishops.

B) The Bishops shall make available to the Intentional Episcopal Community a system of support and accountability to encourage and enable the development of its life and ministry, including but not limited to: ministry from and visitation by a Bishop of the Diocese; access to Diocesan grants, loans and insurance plans; participation in the life of the Regions of the Diocese; and the use of trade and service marks of The Episcopal Church and the Diocese.

C) An Intentional Episcopal Community that fails to provide financial contributions to the Budget of Convention at the rate determined by the Mission Council for two consecutive years shall be considered out of relationship with the Diocese and shall forfeit all privileges therein.

D) The Bishops, with the consent of the Standing Committee, may terminate the status of any group of individuals or organization as an Intentional Episcopal Community of the Diocese.

Section 4. Every Intentional Episcopal Community must have a governance structure agreed to by the Bishops.

Section 5. Each Intentional Episcopal Community shall provide a report of their activities, ministry, and leaders annually to the Office of the Episcopate, in the format determined by the Bishops.