The Agreement of Union is the packet of materials that would be submitted to the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church for ratification, should our conventions vote “yes” on the resolutions at our Special Joint Convention. It contains the proposed name of the new diocese, the draft constitution and canons, financial information, steps toward the election of a bishop diocesan and more.
At this convention, the action taken will be to vote on the resolutions for juncture, not to “pass” or “adopt” the individual contents of the Agreement of Union. The Agreement essentially demonstrates to the dioceses and the wider church that we’ve done our homework to prepare for this moment. Should we vote to juncture, the draft canons and budgets would remain amendable prior to adoption at the First Convention of the Diocese of the Great Lakes.
>> Click here to access the Agreement of Union document, plus additional materials: the text of the resolutions before convention and the rules of order for the convention.
The convention will not have printed copies of the 63-page Agreement available. It is available digitally and for printing at home or at church before you travel.The text of the resolutions will be printed and available as a standalone, one-page document.
A note on what would come after our vote:
Should each diocese vote to approve juncture, our dioceses would submit the Agreement of Union to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church for formal affirmation this summer. We would remain separate dioceses until the adoption of the new constitution and canons at the first convention of the new diocese in October. The transition period of formally aligning processes, structures, and policies would begin in the summer, expand following the convention in the fall, and continue over time as we would live into being one body.
Should one or both dioceses vote to decline juncture, our dioceses would remain separate bodies and our diocesan leadership would be charged with further discernment and conversation about how to appropriately disinvest from our multi-year diocesan partnership, including review and decision-making around our shared programming, shared staff, and other collaborations, as well as determine how best to plan for and search for bishops diocesan. Some continued collaboration may be possible, though likely unsustainable at the high level we have now without formal alignment on the horizon.