Province III meeting was held earlier this week in West Virginia.
Bishop Paul and Archdeacon Stringfellow were in attendance to represent
the Diocese of Bethlehem.
resolution that passed a few months ago, at the Province III Synod
2010, April 26, had registered "deep concern and distress to Executive
Council [of the Episcopal Church] with the method and presentation of
the Triennial Budget at the General Convention at Anaheim, California,
in July 2009 and the manner in which staff was released during
accompanying explanation noted that "the fact that the draft budget
presented in April was reduced by 23% and not presented to the House of
Deputies until the finished budget was brought to the floor bordered on
the irresponsible. The manner of the release of Episcopal Church Center
Staff during the Convention itself was at best unpastoral and at the
a July 9 note to "Bishops, Council Members and Friends" of Province
III, province coordinator Barbara Seras shared a June 30 response to the
resolution from Winnie Varghese, chair of the Executive Council
Networking and Advocacy Committee.
want to first reassure you that many share the feelings expressed in
the resolution," Varghese wrote. "I also want to let you know what steps
are being taken the The Executive Council to insure that we insure a
working environment for Church Center staff consistent with our
expressed values. We are in the process, through the Governance and
Administration for Ministry committee of Council, of reviewing personnel
and contracting policies at The Church Center. That work should be
reported out at the next meeting, which will set the stage for the next
steps. In preparation for that meeting, in October in Salt Lake City, I
will ask the chairs of the other committees if they would join me in a
conversation about the continuing role of Council in oversight of
policies governing The Church Center or if they feel these issues are
being addressed by work they are doing. I don't actually know what other
work will be concluded at that point, and what will be left to do, so
I'm not sure what will come of that conversation, but I think it is the
There are nine provinces in the Episcopal Church. Province III includes the thirteen dioceses of
Bethlehem, Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, Easton, Maryland,
Northwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Southern Virginia, Southwestern
Virginia, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia in the
five states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and
the District of Columbia.
See the Province III website here.