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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have announced that the Rev. William H. Allport, Jr. from the Diocese of West Texas has resigned from the Structure Task Force for personal reasons.
Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and President Jennings have named the Rev. Canon Marianne S. Ell from the Diocese of North Dakota. She is the vice president of Province VI.
Approved at the July General Convention 2012, Resolution C095 calls for development of a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration.”
The other members of the Task Force for Church Structural Reform named by Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and President Jennings are:
In addition, two partners from other Anglican Communion provinces have been appointed: the Very Rev. Peter Elliott of the Anglican Church of Canada, dean of the Diocese of New Westminster and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver; and the Rev. Sathianathan Clarke, Th.D., of the Church of South India, who is the Bishop Sundo Kim Chair in World Christianity and professor of theology, culture and mission at Wesley Theological Seminary.
According to resolution C095, “The membership of the Task Force shall reflect the diversity of the Church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the Church’s institutional leadership.”
In addition, the task force will conduct a special gathering with representation from every diocese in preparation of its final report, due by November 2014. The date and location of the special meeting will be determined later.
Resolution C095 in full is here: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions?by=number&id=c095