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Committees on Episcopacy (81169-JA-¶413)

Amend ¶413 as follows:
  
¶413.3
  (3) After receiving a complaint as provided in Par. 413.2, the president and the secretary of the College of Bishops, or the secretary and another member of the college if the complaint concerns the president (or the president and another member of the college if the complaint concerns the secretary), in consultation with a lay and clergy member of the jurisdictional or central conference committee on episcopacy appointed by the chair of the jurisdictional or central conference committee on episcopacy, shall make a supervisory response.  shall, within 10 days, consult the chair of the jurisdictional or central conference committee on episcopacy who shall appoint a lay and a clergy member not representing the same Episcopal area and not of the same gender and not members of the Episcopal area of the bishop to which charges are being made, shall together make a supervisory response.
  
¶413.3b
The supervisory response is pastoral and administrative and shall be directed toward a just resolution.  It is not a part of any judicial process.  The supervisory response should be carried out in a confidential manner and should be completed with 120 days.  There may be 2 additional extensions of 120 days if the supervising Bishop determines and the two jurisdictional episcopacy committee members appointment to the supervisory process (413.3) shall determine that an extension will be productive..........
  
¶413.d
If the supervisory response results in the resolution of the matter, the bishop in charge of the supervisory response and the two episcopacy committee members appointed to the supervisory process (413.3) shall monitor the fulfillment of the terms of the resolution....
  
¶413.3e
Administrative Complaint-If the complaint is based on allegations of incompetence, ineffectiveness, or unwillingness or inability to perform Episcopal duties, the president and secretary of the College of Bishops( or the two members of the college who are handling the complaint) may  shall refer the complaint to the jurisdictional or central conference committee........
  
Add new ¶413.5
5.  Each jurisdiction shall develop a protocol for the caring of lay, clergy and staff determined to be affected by the processing of the complaint.

Rationale

These changes broaden participation in the complaint process against Bishops to include more fully the jurisdictional episcopacy committee so that the integrity of the process is communicated to all parties and a plan for follow-up is put into place.