In a letter sent to the diocese on June 10, 2021, Convention Secretary Ann Sabo has made the announcement of the Standing Committee’s call to hold a special session of the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio for the purpose of acting on the nomination of the Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith as Provisional Bishop, effective August 15, 2021. The special session will be held electronically via Zoom on Saturday, July 17, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m.
The text of the letter follows:
Notice is hereby given that a Special Session of the 146th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio has been called by The Standing Committee under Article VII of The Constitution of the Episcopal Church of Southern Ohio and will be held via Zoom at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
The business to come before the Special Session is an action to name the Right Reverend George Wayne Smith as Provisional Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio effective August 15, 2021. The Diocese of Southern Ohio is authorized to name Bishop Smith as Provisional Bishop as an act of Convention pursuant to Title III, Canon 13, Section 1 of The Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Southern Ohio has consulted with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and his representatives regarding this action to name Bishop Smith as Provisional Bishop, as required under Title III, Canon 13, Section 1. As Provisional Bishop, Bishop Smith would be authorized to exercise all the duties and offices of the Bishop of the Diocese until a permanent Bishop is elected and ordained.
Pursuant to The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Southern Ohio the delegates and alternates who were elected or appointed for the Annual Convention held November 7, 2020, will serve as delegates and alternates for the Special Session on July 17, however, each Parish may appoint substitute delegates and alternates if the original delegates and alternates are not available to attend. In addition, all canonically resident Clergy in the Diocese of Southern Ohio are eligible to attend this Special Session.
For Parishes receiving this Notice, a list of the certified delegates to the 146th Convention for your Parish will be sent by a separate email to all clergy and wardens. If the individuals on the list are not able to attend the Special Session, please fill out a Change of Delegate Form (found on the convention website, www.dsoconvention.org) before July 10, 2021.
This Notice is being sent by the Secretary of the 146th Convention under Canon III of The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
June 10, 2021.
Secretary of the 146th Convention