Vermonters Accept Appointments to Interim Bodies of The Episcopal Church
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church recently published the names of several Vermonters in connection with various Interim Bodies, a combination of committees, commission, and task forces that carry out the work of The Episcopal Church between conventions. In the October 2 edition of The Mountain, we announced that Canon Lynn Bates had accepted an appointment to the Task Force to Assist the Office of Pastoral Development. In addition, the following Vermonters have accepted appointments:
Nanci Gordon, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT, is serving on the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations, which is responsible for submitting nominations for the elections of Trustees of The Church Pension Fund, Members of the Executive Council, the Secretary of the House of Deputies and the Treasurer of the General Convention, Trustees of the General Theological Seminary, the General Board of Examining Chaplains, and the Disciplinary Board for Bishops. Nanci’s term expires in 2021.
Thomas Little, diocesan chancellor and member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Shelburne, VT, is serving on the White & Dykman Committee. The Committee has various responsibilities regarding ongoing updates to the Episcopal Church’s Annotated Constitutions and Canons, a task that originated with Edwin Augustine White in the 1920s and expanded by Jackson Arman Dykman in the 1940s. This is not a term-limited appointment. Little is serving on the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons, which is responsible for reviewing proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons that are submitted to the Commission and placing them in proper Constitutional or Canonical form as well as conducting continuing reviews of the Constitution and Canons with respect to help ensure their internal consistency and clarity. His term expires in 2024.
The Rev. Stannard Baker, a deacon from the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, VT, is serving on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, which is largely responsible for collecting, collating, and cataloging material bearing upon possible future revisions of the Book of Common Prayer and recommending additional resources, such as The Book of Occasional Services, that respond to the church’s desire to celebrate the diversity of its membership. His term expires in 2024
Kathleen Moore, a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Arlington, VT, candidate for ordination, and student at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, is serving on the Task Force on Liturgical & Prayer Book Revision. As explained in a July blog post from The Episcopal Church, this task force is largely responsible for working with the Standing Commission on Governance, Structure, Constitution and Canons “to give the 2021 General Convention proposed revisions to the constitution and canons for more flexibility in liturgical choices.” Kathleen’s term expires in 2021.