Definition of a Province
A Province, one of the nine geographical gatherings of dioceses within the Episcopal Church exists to support the body of Christ in that part of the Church by…
A. Fulfilling their responsibilities as outlined in the Episcopal Church canons, or as may be assigned to it by the General Convention and/or Executive Council by:
- 1. Electing Provincial Synod officers and responding to all matters brought to the Synod, including enactment of budget and governing ordinances.
- 2. Electing judges to a Provincial Court of Review.
- 3. Electing clerical and lay provincial Executive Council Representatives
- 4. Electing or appointing other provincial representatives.
- 5. Participating in the development of program and budget proposals for consideration by the General Convention
- 6. Receiving program funding from the General Convention budget and providing accountability to the General Convention for the use of those funds.
B. Discerning the mission and ministry distinctive to that region and time, and facilitating the empowering of those ministries within the province by:
- 1. Encouraging and facilitating cooperation and collaboration across diocesan lines, with the Executive Council, and with the Episcopal Church Center Staff
- 2. Initiating, implementing, overseeing and evaluating programming, when appropriate and desirable
- 3. Facilitating the sharing of resources and information within and among the provinces.
From The Burlington/Chesapeake Document 2004
Province VI Mission Statement
Province VI bears witness to our life in Christ
By being a community of dioceses;
By empowering our diverse ministries;
By being the communicating link among the dioceses and their people
as well as local, diocesan and national structures;
By building and strengthening a sense of community and fellowship in the
by fulfilling our canonical requirements
through the grace of God and to God's glory.