Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Constitution

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ARTICLE I
JURISDICTION AND ACCESSION

The Clergy and Laity of that portion of the Episcopal Church located in the State of South Carolina lying north and west of the counties of Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee, Sumter, Calhoun, Orangeburg and Barnwell, known as the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, for the purpose of establishing orderly government of the Episcopal Church within these boundaries, and to avail themselves of the advantages of the Word and Sacraments of God's Holy Church, do establish this CONSTITUTION. The Diocese of Upper South Carolina is within the jurisdiction of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, otherwise known as The Episcopal Church, which is a constituent member of the Anglican Communion, a Fellowship within the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. This Diocese accedes to and adopts the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church and acknowledges its authority.

ARTICLE II
DIOCESAN CONVENTION

The legislative authority of the Diocese shall be vested in a Convention selected from the membership of the Diocese and convened annually or by special call, as set forth in the Canons of the Diocese, to exercise its authority as granted by this Constitution and the Canons promulgated hereunder.

ARTICLE III
OFFICERS OF THE DIOCESE

The Bishop of the Diocese shall be President of the Convention, and the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. If the Bishop is absent or unable to serve, the Bishop Coadjutor, or the Suffragan Bishop, if there is one, shall administer the duties of President of Convention and Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese. Should none of them be present, the Presiding Officer of the Diocesan Executive Council shall be the President of the Convention and if the Presiding Officer of the Diocesan Executive Council is not present, a presiding officer shall be elected by the Convention. The Diocesan Executive Council, in performance of its duties as The Standing Committee, shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in the absence of an Episcopal officer as described above. Whenever in this Constitution or the Canons promulgated hereunder the term "Bishop" is used without the adjectives "Coadjutor", "Suffragan", or "Assistant", the term shall refer to the Diocesan Bishop.

The other officers of the Diocese shall be a Chancellor, a Vice-Chancellor if needed, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Registrar, who shall also perform the duties of Historiographer, and such other officers as the Bishop and the Diocesan Executive Council deem necessary.

ARTICLE IV
DIOCESAN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The affairs of the Diocese are to be managed by the Bishop of the Diocese, The Standing Committee, which shall consist as provided for in the Canons of the Diocese, and by such other officers and committees as may be provided for from time to time by the Canons. The Standing Committee shall also assume the responsibilities of the Diocesan Executive Council as defined in the Canons of the Diocese. The Canons and such By-Laws as shall be enacted shall provide for the time and manner in which the Diocesan Executive Council and other officers and committees are elected or appointed.

ARTICLE V
STATEMENT OF MISSION AND MINISTRY

The Diocese recognizes that the Diocesan budget and other financial resources of the Diocese exemplifies the Mission and Ministry of the Diocese. In furtherance of the Mission and Ministry of the Diocese, the Diocesan Executive Council, in conjunction with the Bishop, shall be responsible for requesting the Episcopal Pledge from each congregation of the Diocese. After a complete review of the needs for the Mission and Ministry of the Diocese for the coming year, the Episcopal Pledge shall be established by the Diocesan Executive Council in the most cost effective method for achieving that part of the Mission and Ministry of the Diocese which cannot be accomplished by individual congregations. The process for development of the budget, along with the total balances of all assets and liabilities of the Diocese which are necessary for the Mission and Ministry of the Diocese, shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and the Canons promulgated hereunder.

ARTICLE VI
AMENDMENT

This Constitution may be amended by concurrence of a majority at one Annual Convention, and by two-thirds of each order present at the next Annual Convention. The amendment shall become effective immediately upon the successful vote.

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