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Healing a Hurting World

MERCY IN MISSION:

47th Diocesan Convention

The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015

Inside: Speakers, Workshops, Elections, Reports, 2016 Proposed Budget


The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith, Bishop

September 2015 8005 25th St. East Parrish, FL 34219 Phone: (941) 556-0315 In Florida: (800) 992-7699 Fax: (941) 556-0321 www.episcopalswfl.org

Dear Friends in Christ, The theme for the 47th Annual Convention is Mercy in Mission: Healing a Hurting World. This thematic statement includes a portion of our Diocesan mission statement and Episcopal Relief and Developments mission. This shows that while we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of ERD at our Convention the local work we do here compliments the global work the ERD accomplishes. We are proud to welcome Abagail Nelson from the ERD with us for our Convention. Regarding our local efforts, each of our 77 congregations performs Mercy in Mission outside themselves each year. Our parishioners work in homeless kitchens, fill food pantries, establish medical programs, enlist missionary volunteers and educate children. We are all a part of literally hundreds of programs, some inside the church, some outside the church. My vision for us and for this Diocese is to continue to expand that Mercy in Mission. We pray that God will equip and enable the people around us each day to heal our hurting world. We seek to become more and more the true Body of Christ. Our work in Healing a Hurting World does not just happen when we are doing social work, or participating in programs. Healing our world happens when people in our parishes engage ministry in their daily lives. Healing comes when local officials ensure that laws are applied fairly; when students work to better working conditions for our farm workers; when nursing home and hospital administrators dedicate their work to the glory of God; and when our business leaders use the ethics of the Gospel. One New Testament example is described in the story of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus in the gospel of Luke. Luke 10:36, 37 reads: “Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” We are all confronted with those who have been robbed on the road. Realistically, we often know what we should do in like circumstances, yet we often fail for a wide variety of reasons. Being together helps give us the strength of correct spiritual thinking and bold hearts for decision making no matter what circumstance confronts us. I welcome you to our 47th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. This convention guidebook will help you be a part of the Body of Christ that is always called to Mercy in Mission and sent to Heal our Hurting World. Faithfully yours,

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About Convention 2014

What’s Inside for 2015 Speakers ...........................................6 Agenda ........................................... 9 Rules of Convention .................... 11 Elections........................................12 Nominees .................................... 13 Resolutions ................................... 22 The proposed 2016 Budget ......... 23 Reports to Convention ................ 37

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On the Cover Views of mission efforts in, and supported by, the Diocese of Southwest Florida. From top left: Reach Rwanda; Cornerstone Kids, Tampa; St. George’s food pantry, Bradenton; Leap of Faith afterschool program St. Raphael’s; Interfaith Outreach of Venice supported by St. Mark’s; backpacks in Arcadia at St. Edmund’s the Martyr; Interfaith Outreach food distribution; Interfaith outreach lunches; Cornerstone Kids, Tampa. Inset from top, Day of Hope at Church of the Redeemer; baptism at St. Edmund’s Arcadia; deacon run Canley Cup at Diocesan Convention. 3


About Convention 2015

At the Ministry Fair Joan Kline of Church of the Ascension, Clearwater, visits the booth of Our Little Roses, represented by Carol Garrison, wife of Bishop Michael Garrison. Our Little Roses supports girls without families in Guatemala.

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take home and start using immediately. We suggest ways to get outside your doors and meet your neighbors. We offer healing prayer and training for Lay Eucharistic Ministers. Get new ideas on youth ministry. We’re delighted that we’re able to bring the experts to you. Please see all the details on Page 6.

Some of our convention delegates have attended 15 ... 20 ... 30 or more conventions. Others are here for the first time. Whether you’re a seasoned delegate or a new one, we’re glad you’re here to help do the work of the Diocese, meet your fellow Episcopalians from all around the Diocese, and get to know the Friday Night Food and Fellowship breadth and depth of what it means to be an Episcopalian in Southwest Florida. One of the highlights of convention We join together for is the chance to share a meal, meet continuing education, a For 2015: Mercy in Mission new friends and connect with old ones. celebration of ministries, Healing a Hurting World By popular demand, our Friday night worship, and the work of the party again this year is at Hurricane diocese. Thank you, delegates, Healing a Hurting World is the work Charley’s restaurant, directly west of the for your gift of time and of Episcopal Relief & Development, Convention Center across U.S. 41. attention to this important work. which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. You must pre-register and pay in Pick up your convention Preaching at our opening Eucharist is advance for the Friday night party. You’ll button at the registration tables Abagail Nelson, senior vice president/ receive your tickets when you register at and make the most of our time programs for the Episcopal agency. the Conference Center on Friday. We are together. We’re glad that you, the unable to accommodate walk-ins. leaders of this Diocese, are here. How to Get There: After the opening This is our time to work, play and Eucharist, exit the Conference Center pray together. through the doors on the north end (the river side, onto the patio where lunch is served). Guides Friday’s Workshops: with flashlights will direct you to the walkway, which Building Up Your Toolkit runs UNDER U.S. 41. It is accessible for those who use wheelchairs or walkers. Our workshops on Friday are designed to equip you with You can leave your car in the parking lot, take this safe practical advice, useful suggestions, and fresh ideas you can walkway, and enjoy a fun evening. 4

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Doing the Work of the Diocese At the business meeting on Saturday morning, Bishop Smith will deliver his “state of the Diocese” address. Delegates will pass resolutions, elect candidates to fill vacancies on committees, councils, and boards, and approve the budget. We will also congratulate All Souls, North Fort Myers, as it moves from mission status to become the newest parish in our diocese. Please see the Rules of Convention on Page 11 so you understand how convention operates and how you can participate in the debate. Please also look at the Convention Primer you received in the packet that was mailed to you in August. There you will learn how to register, how alternates may change to full delegate status, how delegates are seated, and much more. The business meeting is where we set the agenda for the future of the Diocese. Don’t wait until Saturday morning to do your homework. Examine the budget, read the biographies of those seeking office, and study the resolutions.

The Canley Cup Food Drive It wouldn’t be convention without the friendly competition of the Canley Cup Food Drive. We offer convention participants the opportunity to help restock the shelves of food pantries that serve those in need. Our deacons are in charge of this deanery smackdown, which leads to the awarding of the coveted Canley Cup award at the business meeting on Saturday. Please be generous: Start stocking up now at sales and the “buy one/get one” offers at your supermarket. The food we collect goes to families, so we ask you to buy the sizes of cans and packages that you would buy for your own use. (In other words, not giant institutionalsized cans and boxes.) Don’t forget items such as spices, seasonings, condiments and shelf-stable milk. We’ll have tables and scales to receive your donations at the front entrance doors of the Conference Center. Please bring your contributions in boxes rather than bags (they’re easier to stack, move and store) and make sure they are clearly marked with the name of the deanery so we can give credit where due.

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Worship Throughout the Weekend Our worship knits us together as a diocese. Whether we come from a small church or a big one; whether we prefer Rite I or Rite II; whether we like the Hymnal 1940 or praise music ... when we join in prayer, we are one. • We begin with Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. Friday, October 16, in Hibiscus Hall. We’re delighted that once again the string players from Good Shepherd Day School will be with us. • Our opening Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Hibiscus Hall. Our preacher is Abagail Nelson, senior vice president/programs for Episcopal Relief and Development, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. • Our business meeting on Saturday, October 17, begins at 9 a.m. with Morning Prayer. Our organist and music director for the weekend is Dwight Thomas, who serves in that capacity at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter.

Check in Friday Morning • Locate the registration tables on the concourse of the conference center. • Registration for Friday is alphabetically organized from A – Z. There is no designation for clergy, lay delegate/ alternate and guests/visitors. • Everyone is listed by individual name, not by congregation or city. • You will be handed your nametag and your tickets for lunch and dinner if you have ordered these. No additional lunch or dinner tickets will be sold or will be available at convention. • Once you have received this information you may help yourself to the continental breakfast, visit the Ministry Fair tables and locate your first workshop room.

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Friday Speakers & Workshops MORNING SESSION: 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon Understanding Mission Through the Eyes of Neighbors In this workshop participants will discover ways in which their congregation can reevaluate their parish mission and strategic plan based on cues and clues from their surrounding neighborhoods. This workshop will be presented by The Rev. Ronald Byrd, Lead Consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation’s newest program initiative called Vital Teams. Vital Teams is developing a twoday training for Episcopal vestries, mission-committees, and other types of strategic leadership teams in congregations. It is also partnering with seminaries and other leadership formation institutions across the Episcopal Church to place greater priority on teaching team leadership skills. Finally, Vital Teams is developing a set of easy-to-use tools to help congregations identify individuals with strong team leadership skills, tools that can be applied in a variety of contexts including clergy search processes. In these three ways - training, partnerships, and tools for identifying new leaders - Vital Teams aims to strengthen the leadership teams that are at the heart of every Episcopal congregation. This pilot is currently in its second year of a three-year development process. In 2011, Ron and St. Katherine’s developed and successfully launched the Forster Woods Day Center, a day care facility that provides assistance to persons living with dementia and other physical and mental impairments. Prior to becoming an Episcopal priest in 2007, Ron was employed for over 20 years in executive management and leadership positions at four Fortune 500 companies. Ron is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and holds degrees in Marketing, Management, Finance, and Business Administration. Presenter:  The Rev. Ronald Byrd; Lead Consultant for the Episcopal Church Foundation’s newest program initiative called Vital Teams; Rector of St. Katherine’s Church in Williamston, Michigan

Creating a Strong Youth Presence This workshop is not “how to do youth ministry” for youth leaders. It is designed for parish leadership, vestry members and other key leaders who want to see a strong and thriving youth presence in their congregation and consider it a priority. The basic premise is that youth ministry is different in every 6

place and possible in every place. Participants will be introduced to the proven and effective “ThreePhase Model” developed by Youth Presence Ministries that enables your congregation to explore youth ministry in new and exciting ways. We’ll have time for Q&A and discussion of the challenges you’re facing in your congregations in reaching and involving young people in leadership and ministry. Canon Palarine will offer individual congregational follow-up, support and consultation for those who want to continue the conversation beyond convention. If young people are important to you, whether your congregation is small or large, whether you have a thriving or struggling or non-existent youth ministry, this workshop is for you. Presenter: The Rev. Dr. John Palarine, Canon for Program and Youth, Diocese of Southwest Florida

Going Through: Navigating Your Church in Times of Change When challenges come to your church, such as financial obstacles and cultural shifts, how does your church go through these times of change? Transition is crucial for renewed life in a congregation and it brings out either the positive or the negative witness story of a church. What is your witness as a congregation? Jesus says, “Let us cross over” (Mark 4:35). If healing is foundational in the church, not an afterthought, it becomes the navigational tool through the transitional time, bringing the whole church (corporately and individually) through these challenging times, intact and transformed. Let us cross over together. Presenters: The Rev. Doug Scharf, Rector, Holy Innocents, Valrico; the Rev. Dr. Sharon Lewis, Amazing Love Healing Ministries

Safeguarding All God’s People This is the standard training to heighten awareness of sexual abuse and harassment of children and youth, seniors, staff and volunteers, and offers detection and prevention training. Trainees will be issued a certificate of completion that is good for five years. Recommended for those who work with children, youth, and seniors, including eucharistic visitors. Presenter: Diocesan Safe Church team Mercy in Mission:


Friday Speakers & Workshops PLENARY SESSION 1 to 2:30 p.m.

An Afternoon with Brian McLaren: The Christian Faith of the Future Any list of the major figures in Christian thinking today includes Brian McLaren: author, public theologian, ecumenical networker, leading figure in the “emerging church” movement. He is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. His most recent book, We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation, explores constructive and practical theology and looks at what Christian faith will be in the 22nd century and beyond. Time magazine named him one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals. As McLaren says in his book Everything Must Change, Jesus’s message of the Kingdom of God was “not focused on how to escape this world and its problems by going to heaven after death, but instead was focused on how God’s will could be done on earth, in history, during this life.”

About Brian McLaren Brian graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, magna cum laude, 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada. And in 2010, he was awarded a second Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Virginia Theological Seminary. Healing a Hurting World

He began his career teaching college English. In 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, transdenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He left teaching in 1986 to become the church’s first full-time pastor, and served until 2006, when he left the pastorate to devote full time to writing and speaking. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular speaker for campus groups, seminaries, and clergy and leadership conferences, nationally and internationally. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including the gospel and global crises; theology and postmodernity; liturgy, preaching and spiritual formation; evangelism and inter-religious dialogue, and faith and social justice. Brian has also co-authored and edited several books, and has contributed articles, columns, and interviews to many periodicals, including Leadership, Sojourners, Worship Leader, and Conversations. He has been profiled in Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and many other print media, and Time listed him among twenty-five influential Christian leaders in America. He has appeared on a variety of national media, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, FOX News, PBS, and NPR. He was a founding member of Emergent Village, Red Letter Christians, and the Cana Initiative, and has served on several other nonprofit boards including International Teams (iteams.org), the Seattle School (theseattleschool.edu), and Sojourners (sojo.net). He has taught or lectured at many universities and seminaries (including Yale, Princeton, Fuller, George Fox, Biblical, Asbury, Western, Mars Hill Graduate School, Wesley, and Dominican). 7


Friday Events AFTERNOON SESSION 3 to 5 p.m.

Get Ready Before Disaster Strikes Southwest Florida is a prime target for hurricanes, flooding and lightning strikes. Don’t wait until a disaster happens to start thinking about how to respond. This session will present a proven process for effective disaster planning, response and recovery. Learn how easily you can create and maintain your plan using a web-based/mobile application. Th is presentation will highlight successes, failures and lessons learned from decades of church property disasters both large and small. Learn how to establish a benchmark for the properties to ensure continuity of information that can be passed from vestry to vestry over the years. Presenter: Dave Mistick of Circumspex LLC in Orlando, “the disaster guru,” expert in disaster recovery, insurance, and church restoration; winner of an American Institute of Architects award for church renovation.

Training for Eucharistic Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers This workshop will provide training for those in the lay ministries of Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor. A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the consecrated elements at a celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements in a timely manner, after a celebration of Holy Eucharist, to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the celebration. Eucharistic Visitors are also required to be current in Safeguarding God’s People training. Open to those already licensed and those who would simply like to learn more about this ministry. Presenter: Deacon Melissa Sands

Opening Eucharist Features Abagail Nelson of Episcopal Relief & Development Our opening Eucharist is at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Hibiscus Hall. Our preacher is Abagail Nelson, senior vice president/programs for Episcopal Relief and Development, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Unpacking General Convention 78 Members of the General Convention in Salt Lake City present some of the highlights of the 78th gathering of The Episcopal Church. The two-hour session will include a half-hour of orientation on General Convention, and then followed by comment and reflections on actions by the House of Bishops and by the House of Deputies. Presenter: A selection of bishops and deputies.

Hang Out with Brian McLaren Our plenary speaker will be available in a relaxed setting to chat informally, answer questions and sign his books. Come talk with Brian about how his ideas might be translated to your congregation. 8

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Saturday Convention Agenda

Forty Seventh Annual Convention The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Saturday, October 17, 2015 Registration and Coffee........................................................................................................................................ 8 – 8:50 a.m. Quiet Time before Morning Prayer...................................................................................................................... 8:50 – 9 a.m. Morning Prayer, Rite II: The Rt. Rev. Michael Garrison, Officiant ..................................................................... 9 – 9:30 a.m. Bishop’s Address.................................................................................................................................... …….9:30 – 10:15 a.m. First Business Session....................................................................................................................................10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Introduction of Visiting Dignitaries .................................................................................. The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith Appointments for Convention ........................................................................................... The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith Credentials Report........................................................................................................ The Rev. Canon Michael Durning Welcoming All Souls, Ft. Myers As a Parish............................................................................. The Rev. Alisa Carmichael Introduction of New Canonically Resident Clergy....................................................... The Rev. Canon Michael Durning Introduction of Non Canonically Resident Clergy....................................................... The Rev. Canon Michael Durning Final Credentials Report............................................................................................... The Rev. Canon Michael Durning Report of the Committee on Dispatch of Business................................................................ The Rev. Canon Eric Cooter Report on Nominations, Elections and Explanation of Process............................................................. Ms. Sheree Graves First Ballot............................................................................................................................................. Ms. Sheree Graves Break

11. Voice Vote Confirmation/Deanery Reps to Diocesan Council…...............................Committee on Dispatch of Business 12. Bishop Appoints and Convention Confirms...............................................................Committee on Dispatch of Business 13. Bishop’s Appointees....................................................................................................Committee on Dispatch of Business 14. Report of Vote....................................................................................................................................... Ms. Sheree Graves 15. Noonday Prayer .................................................................................................... The Rt. Rev. Barry R. Howe, Officiant 16. Necrology...................................................................................................................................... The Rev. Rosalind Hall Lunch 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. 17. Second Ballot......................................................................................................................................... Ms. Sheree Graves 18. Report of the Treasurer and Budget Presentation.........................................................................Ms. Anne Vickers, CFO 19. Resolutions through Constitution and Canons.................................................. The Very Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman 20. Report of the Resolutions Committee.............................................................................................. Mr. Gregory Hearing 21. Report of Vote....................................................................................................................................... Ms. Sheree Graves 22. Third Ballot........................................................................................................................................... Ms. Sheree Graves 23. Announcement: 2016 Diocesan Convention...............................................................................................Ms. Judy Stark 24. Other Resolutions (if necessary)....................................................................................................... Mr. Gregory Hearing 25. Courtesy Resolutions........................................................................................................................ Mr. Gregory Hearing 26. Report of Vote (if necessary).................................................................................................................. Ms. Sheree Graves 27. Closing Prayer and Adjournment........................................................................................ The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith Healing a Hurting World

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Saturday Convention Details Credentials and Seating The annual business meeting of the diocese requires a separate registration process from Friday. We do this to differentiate “members of convention” (lay and clergy voting delegates) from all other attendees. At the business meeting, seating is designated as follows: • Voting members of convention sit at designated tables at the front of the hall labeled by deanery and congregation. • Retired clergy, who retain seat and voice, sit at tables specifically designated for them. They do not sit with their former congregations. • Tables marked “Special Guests” are set aside for members of Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Finance Committee, Chancellor and Vice Chancellors, Chaplians for the Retired, Honorary Members of Convention, Visiting Bishops and other designated Special Guests. • All others are seated in the designated guest gallery. These include, but are not limited to, lay alternates; noncanonically resident clergy; clergy spouses; and anyone else wishing to attend this annual business meeting of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. The Saturday registration and seating maintain the integrity of the voting system, ensuring that everyone who is on the floor of convention is authorized to be there. From this registration we are able to obtain an accurate count of the delegates and the congregations represented in order to determine a quorum. That establishes the number of votes required to conduct the business of convention, such as approving resolutions and the budget, electing candidates and dealing with other business that may be brought to the floor. You may not pick up your Saturday voter packets or sign in for the business meeting before Saturday morning. In your voter packet you will find convention information, ballots, tickets for lunch, etc. Nametags for Saturday are specifically color-coded as an additional way for us to easily distinguish the credentialed members of convention from our guests.

Clergy Members of Convention Diocesan Canons list six separate distinctions for clergy members of convention. The canon that applies to you will be noted on your nametag. The preliminary roster was posted online in July so that you have adequate time for review and change requests. It is too late to make status changes on convention weekend.

Lay Member Change, Alternate to Delegate Delegates who know in advance of convention weekend that they will be unable to attend may arrange to have their congregation’s alternate changed to full delegate status. The change form is on the diocesan website along with other convention registration materials. This form must be completed and signed by the rector/vicar/priest in charge and senior warden or secretary of the vestry, and mailed to Jan Nothum in the bishop’s office to be received no later than close of business on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. For delegate changes on the day of convention (Saturday only), alternates and their rector, vicar, priest-in-charge or interim must visit the credentials table in the registration area. The clergy member must sign the change form. If no clergy member from the congregation is present, a clergy member of the bishop’s staff will verify and sign the change form. At that point the alternate’s 10

Those who are members of convention are seated on the floor with their respective congregations.

Saturday On-Site Registration Begins at 8 a.m. •

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Locate the registration table in the concourse of the conference center that corresponds to your standing as an attendee. The choices will be clergy/clergy spouse/lay delegate/lay alternate/ pre-registered guests/visitors. In each section, there will be alphabetically designated signs atop each table (A-J, K-N, and so on) and you will be shown where to form a line. Make certain you are at the correct table category and in the correct line alphabetically. Everyone is listed by individual name, not by congregation. You will be handed your nametag and packet. You will be handed your lunch tickets for Saturday No additional lunch tickets will be sold or available at convention. Once you are registered, proceed to the floor of convention in Hibiscus Hall. Locate your deanery sign then find the table designated with your church name. Joint Ministry Congregations will be seated together at adjoining tables and marked. Only voting delegates may sit at these tables. Retired clergy sit at their specially designated tables.

nametag will be updated and the alternate will receive a voter packet and will be seated at the congregation’s table on the floor of convention. Delegate changes are only permitted prior to the presentation of the final Credentials report (usually this comes about at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday). After that time no changes in delegate/delegation status may be made. Once you have picked up your nametag and voter packet, you are officially registered and you alone are responsible for your personal convention materials and ballots. No duplicate materials will be handed out. Your voter packet includes the day’s agenda. We begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. and the business session at 9:30 a.m. You are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and visit the Ministry Fair in the concourse before you enter the floor of convention in Hibiscus Hall. Mercy in Mission:


Rules of Convention RULE I: MAJORITY VOTE REQUIRED Unless otherwise specified, all decisions shall be by majority of the Members of Convention.

RULE II: DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS (A) No items of any kind, except water and similar generic provisions, shall be placed on the tables on the Convention floor.

(D) Members presenting nonprocedural motions shall have the motion written out prior to making the motion, and shall immediately furnish the written motion to the Secretary of the Convention to ensure that it is accurately stated to the Convention and recorded in the journal of the Convention. Nonprocedural motions that are not written out prior to presentation shall be ruled out of order. (E) No Member may speak longer than two (2) minutes at one time, without leave of the Convention. (F) No member may speak a second time to a question if any other Member who so desires has not spoken for a first time to that question.

(B) Except for materials accepted for inclusion in the registration packets, no papers, including biographical data for persons running for office, shall be distributed on the tables on the Convention floor or to people as they register for Convention.

(G) No member may speak more than twice in the same debate without leave of the Convention.

RULE III: OBJECTIONS TO CONSIDERATION OF A QUESTION Objection to the consideration of a question can be made only when the question is first introduced before it has been debated. Such objection requires no second, cannot be debated or amended, and must have a two-thirds vote to sustain it.

(H) Total debate on a motion shall be limited to fifteen (15) minutes, except when extended by a twothirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the Convention. Clergy from Clearwater’s Church of the Ascension review convention nominations in 2014. Pictured are The Rev. Linda Barley, The Rev. Dr. Michael Branscombe and The Rev. John Hiers.

RULE IV: QUESTIONS OF ORDER

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All questions of order shall be decided by the Presiding Officer without debate. If a member wishes to request reconsideration of the decision, it must be requested immediately. The Presiding Officer shall take such consultation as seems advisable and make a final decision, which is not debatable or appealable.

• Once the business meeting has begun, if you wish to speak at an appropriate time, please approach one of the two microphones on the convention floor and wait to be recognized by the chair. • First state your name and congregation, and then make your comments, which are limited to three minutes. Then return to your seat. • Convention works through the agenda, with scheduled breaks and a lunch period. immediately after nominations close.

RULE V: RULES OF DEBATE (A) Members of Convention intending to address the Convention shall use one of the designated microphones and shall preface their remarks with their name and congregation or organization. (B) Remarks shall be addressed to the Presiding Officer and not to another member. (C) Debate shall be confined strictly to the subject before the Convention. Healing a Hurting World

(I) Total debate on any one Resolution, including all proposed amendments thereto, shall be limited to forty-five (45) minutes, except when extended by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the Convention.

RULE VI: CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTIONS

In order for a Resolution to be presented to and considered by the Convention, it must conform to the provisions of the Canons of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. A proposed resolution that is not presented to the Convention in accordance with the Canons shall be ruled out of order. RULE VII: MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES A Motion to Suspend the Rules requires a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote, is not debatable, and cannot be amended or reconsidered.

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Election Overview Here, William Pardy of the mission to State College of Florida in Bradenton collects ballots.

Business Session, Seating and Voting

Election A: Standing Committee, Lay Member (elect 1) Mr. Kevin Fitzgerald Ms. Renee Osborne

Election B: Standing Committee, Presbyter Member (elect 2) The Rev. Randall Hehr The Rev. Cesar Olivero The Rev. Jon Roberts The Rev. Michael Rowe The Rev. Ryan Wright

Election C: Diocesan Council “At Large” Lay Member (elect 2) Mr. Ronald Stuart Clayton Mr. Blanton Garnett Mr. Allen O. Getz

Election D: Disciplinary Board, Lay Member (elect 2) Mr. Allen O. Getz Ms. Virginia Harper Ms. Jackie Lavelle Smith The Hon. Douglas Spangler

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As you enter Hibiscus Hall, a floor manager will direct you to the appropriate area -- the floor of convention or the guests’ gallery. We do this to assure that only those who are entitled to vote are seated on the voting floor of convention. This is how we insure the integrity of the vote, which you, the delegates, have told us repeatedly, is critically important to you. Once the business meeting has begun, if you wish to speak at an appropriate time, please approach one of the two microphones on the convention floor and wait to be recognized by the chair. First state your name and congregation, and then make your comments, which are limited to three minutes. Then return to your seat. Convention works through the agenda, with scheduled breaks and a lunch period. Votes will be taken throughout the day on a variety of issues. For some votes, you will fill in a printed ballot and hand it to an assigned page, who will then carry the ballots to the tellers to be counted electronically. Other votes may be taken by a show of red or green cards, which you will receive in your voter packet, along with other official materials. At the appropriate time, hold up red for “No” and green for “Yes.” The floor pages will count the cards. We believe this is a more accurate system than a voice vote.

Election “E” Disciplinary Board, Clergy Member (elect 1) The Rev. Charles Roy Allison

Election “F” Trustee, University of the South Mr. Aaron Welch

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Election Nominees Election A: Standing Committee, Lay Elect one lay person to a three-year term

Kevin M. Fitzgerald St. Mark’s, Marco Island Biography: Kevin M. Fitzgerald, a native of Chicago, graduated from The University of Missouri-Columbia. He and his wife Lana have been a part of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Marco Island since moving to Florida in 2002. Fitzgerald has served as Jr. Warden, a three time Sr. Warden, endowment committee member and has led a building capital campaign, and was Secretary of the Search Committee that called the Rev. Kyle Bennett in 2005. Fitzgerald is also responsible for training and scheduling acolytes and lay readers at St. Mark’s. In addition to his leadership duties with the Brotherhood of St. Mark, he acts as trainer for the Safeguarding All God’s Children Program. On a diocesan level he is currently in his second year as the vice chair of the Standing Committee, completing his first term. He has chaired the Congregational Development Committee made up of both Clergy and Lay members from around the Diocese that reports directly to the Bishop. Fitzgerald was a member of the CDC for five years, and works as one of the online administrators for Safeguarding All God’s Children. Fitzgerald just returned from the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City as an elected Deputy from the Diocese of Southwest Florida. He and Lana own a full-service commercial real estate company with offices in Naples and Fort Myers, NAI Southwest Florida, Inc. with a focus on the west coast of Florida. Fitzgerald’s experience is in corporate real estate working with real estate executives around the world that have multi-market assignments with limited human resources. In 2011 he served as Board Chair of NAI Global, a worldwide commercial real estate organization with 6,700 advisers in 55 countries. Nominee Statement: On a diocesan level Kevin M. Fitzgerald currently is in his second year as the vice chair of the Standing Committee completing his first term. Fitzgerald is seeking re-election to continue the important work of the Standing Committee as it relates to the development of seminarians seeking ordination to the the deaconate and priesthood. In the recent past he has chaired the Congregational Development Committee made up of both Clergy and Lay members from around the diocese that reports directly to the Bishop. Fitzgerald was a member of the CDC for five years, and works as one of the online administrators for Safeguarding All God’s Children. Fitzgerald just returned from the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City as an elected Deputy from the Diocese of Southwest Florida. Healing a Hurting World

Renee Osborne St. Mary’s, Bonita Springs Biography: I am currently a member of St. Mary’s in Bonita Springs (4 years), and previously a member of St. James in Wichita, KS for 10 years. When I met my husband 14 years ago, he introduced me to a life-changing experience… the Episcopal Church! Having been born and baptized Lutheran, and later transitioning to the Methodist Church, I have experienced many aspects of church life through Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Development and Strategic Planning. To learn the Episcopal Church’s formation and structure, I had a great teacher in my father-in-law, who was an Episcopal priest for 65 years. While in Kansas, my husband and I, through the Kansas2Kenya (K2K) Mission in Africa, developed the Foundation for the Osborne Library, which opened in June 2013 in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. Additionally, last year, we opened the Osborne Library in Nakuru, Kenya. Working with the K2K team, along with Bishop Dean Wolfe, I acquired great internal experience within the Diocese. I also worked with the Development Team, Bishop Wolfe and the Diocese, for the Kansas School of Ministry (renamed in 2013, Bishop Kemper School for Ministry). Presently, at St. Mary’s, I am serving my second year on the Vestry, 2015 and 2016 Stewardship Chairperson, and Co-Chair for our newly rebranded ECW. Prior to retiring to SW Florida, I held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for our company, Midwest Single Source, Inc. I have served numerous positions on various non-profit Boards of Directors. After 25 years in the Printing/Office Supplies industry, I now have the good fortune to volunteer my time at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs. Nominee Statement: I am very interested in serving on the Standing Committee as Lay Representative. With past experiences on non-profit Boards, and most recent, my involvement with the infrastructure of K2K in Africa, I believe I can bring a wealth of experience. Subsequently in my tenure at St. Mary’s, the Stewardship Commission led the most extremely successful campaign with a spiritual awakening attitude. Earlier this year, I and another ECW member partnered as co-chairs to unite the Fellowship Commission and ECW into one vibrant, cohesive unit. Energy, life experiences and perspective are a few ways I can offer my service and discernment to the Standing Committee. I hope you will consider me for this position. Thank you.

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Election B: Standing Committee, Clergy

we will meet them straight on if we keep our focus on the great commission. Our world has many hurting people and it is my hope that we will continue to embrace them all with the love of Christ.

Elect two presbyters to a three-year term.

The Rev. Jon Roberts, Rector, Calvary, Indian Rocks Beach

The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Hehr Priest-in-Charge, Holy Trinity, Clearwater Biography: I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, confirmed by Bishop Hargrave at the Cathedral, and ordained in the Diocese of Connecticut. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music and Master of Arts in Religion degree from Yale University. In 2012 I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. I have served four parishes in the Diocese of Southwest Florida over the past 25 years. I currently serve Holy Trinity in Clearwater as Priest-in-Charge, a position I have held since 2013. The Diocese of Southwest Florida is my home. I value our diocesan community and wish to offer my service as a member of the Standing Committee. Nominee Statement: I served on the diocesan Evangelism Committee from 1989 to 1995, the Congregational Development Committee from 2011 - 2012, and as Dean of the Tampa Deanery from 2008 to 2011. These opportunities, as well as many learning experiences in parish ministry, have prepared me to serve on the Standing Committee. I will bring careful listening and caring support to my colleagues in this ministry.

The Rev. Cesar Olivero Rector, St. James’, Port Charlotte Biography: I am currently seeking nomination for my fourth term on Standing Committee. I have served the diocese in this capacity for the past nine years and it has truly been a blessing. I have also served as a Deputy to General Convention twice. I have served the Venice Deanery as Dean for five years. I was also a member of the Cursillo secretariat for five years. Nominee Statement: The experience I have gained as a Standing Committee member, has allowed me to better serve the Diocese and our Bishop. As the church continues to meet new challenges, I am hopeful to be of use to this Diocese. This position allows me to be involved in the ordination process as well as consent to new bishops coming before the church at large. I am excited about the election of our new Presiding Bishop Elect and believe the church is headed for greater and more powerful evangelism to reach those for Christ. There are other challenges that the church will be faced with and 14

Biography: The Diocese of Southwest Florida has been my home for the last fifteen years and I continue to serve within it faithfully and joyfully. I have served churches in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Florida and joined Calvary Episcopal Church in Indian Rocks Beach in 2013 with my wife Lynne and our two children, Emma and Watson. Prior to becoming a parish priest, I was a scientist who worked in both academic and corporate industries serving as a molecular biologist at Duke University and later in the Biotech industry. The transition from biology to theology was most natural for me as it helped me understand the world in which God has created. Through my voluntary mission experience working with young people as a lay minister in both domestic and international places, my love has deepened as a servant leader for the Lord. Liturgically and theologically I was trained at Nashotah House theological seminary in Wisconsin where I learned to practice the Benedictine Rule of Life and continue to practice to this day. Being a youth minister and a parish priest, I feel that I am uniquely devoted and qualified to understand the larger body of Christ. Nominee Statement: My special gifts include helping congregations through difficult transitions, helping them grow under limited resources and exercising pastoral care and mutual respect through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Michael G. Rowe Rector, St. Mary’s, Bonita Springs Biography: Raised in Montreal and educated at McGill and Oxford (and later at the University of the South), I have served in Montreal, Bermuda, Maine and Southwest Florida giving me broad experience of our church in different contexts. I was blessed to be nurtured in a Christian home and to come to adult faith through the Anglo-catholic parish of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal. At the same time friends in evangelical and charismatic circles broadened my experience and understanding. I hope this has drawn me to a deep appreciation of the rich variety of Christian faith within our Church and within the whole church. I love to celebrate our faith in Christ, invite others to share it and with them go deeper into the heart of Mercy in Mission:


God. I know that God not only makes sense of our lives and helps us live them well; he also gives us the great privilege of working with him in his great adventure of restoring the whole creation. I am a better person for being married to my wife Dianne and sharing with her the joys and tragedies of family life. Nominee Statement: I am completing my first term on the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee has a particular responsibility for the integrity of our church life. Policy and program are generally developed and implemented elsewhere. The Standing Committee is especially responsible for ensuring that those who are ordained as deacons, priests and bishops are truly called and appropriately equipped for their ministries and that they have followed the steps that our constitution and canons require. Other issues go to the same point: ensuring that we as a church live up to our standards and practices that we have enacted. The Standing Committee also advises the Bishop, usually (although not necessarily!) at his request. This work requires thoughtful deliberation, attention to detail, fidelity to church decisions and standards whatever one’s view of them might be and a readiness and ability to hear, understand and consider others’ points of view. I hope I bring these characteristics to the work of the Standing Committee. I have been clerical deputy to General Convention and have served in many capacities in four dioceses in three countries, including Anti-racism Committee, seminary lecturer, tutor and examiner, Cursillo Secretariat and Leaders’ School, Diocesan Council and Episcopal Nominating Committee as well as one term on the Standing Committee here in Southwest Florida.

The Rev. Ryan A. Wright Church of the Epiphany, Cape Coral; St. John’s, Pine Island Biography: I joined the Episcopal Church during my first year of undergraduate studies. I quickly became involved in student ministry becoming the president of religious life council which oversaw all faith life on campus. At the same time I began to grow into leadership in the church participating in countless lay ministries. I graduated from Stetson University with a double major in World History and religious studies. Following college I worked in University administration and started a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. During that time I received a call to ordained ministry, entered the process, and left for Seminary. I graduated from the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan. I was ordained deacon and began work at St. Paul’s Church in Naples, where I was ordained Priest. At St. Paul’s, I oversaw a complete renovation of the church, worked together with a team to begin the farmer’s market, and began a successful growth program. Following my work at St. Paul’s, I was called to become the Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Epiphany in Cape Coral, and Vicar of St. John’s Church on Pine Island. Both churches were in crisis when I arrived. Diligently working to restore health and bring stability over the past years, with the help of a great clergy team and devoted members, we are on our Healing a Hurting World

way to success. During my time in the Diocese, I have enjoyed working with both the Naples and the Ft. Myers Deaneries. I have served the Diocese in sundry ways including but not limited to the Diocesan School of Ministry Board, Clergy Events Planning Committee, the Ecclesiastic Court, and have been active with Cursillo. Nominee Statement: I believe that I am uniquely qualified to bring some diversity to the Standing Committee. I have just celebrated my 8th year of ordination yet I am still under the age of 40 (38). My age coupled with my experience gives me a unique perspective on the church and its future. My work with congregations in crisis and my responsibility for multiple congregations simultaneously has required dynamic thought, creativity, and complex solutions while still remaining grounded in tradition, scripture, and reason. If elected I will be prepared with a readiness to listen, consider others’ point of view, and offer my perspective thoughtfully and prayfully. I am prepared to devote the time and energy necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this office with excellence and integrity.

Election C: Diocesan Council, At Large, Lay Elect two lay representatives to a two-year, at-large term

Ronald Stuart Clayton St. Bartholomew’s, St. Petersburg Biography: Retired Senior Officer with TD Financial Group (35 years) with a wide knowledge of financial markets and instruments. Served as Trustee for private trusts for politicians and as a director and officer of corporations. My background in finance and management has helped our Church turn itself around. I believe my background can assist other churches to stabilize their finances. I believe in providing social services to those less fortunate. Our Church has started programs to distribute food and clothing. We have assisted a school for children up to age 5, funded by Government programs since its inception. Nominee Statement: I have served as Treasurer for seven years and have also served as a member of vestry. I run our stewardship campaigns. I also provide advice on products available through the Episcopal Church Foundation. We have built a solid portfolio of donors which will provide long term funds for our Church. My degree in religion and anthropology gives me a broad perspective and beliefs. I believe I have unique talents which can be put to good use in helping to guide our Diocese to further growth.

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W Blanton Garnett, Jr. Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Petersburg Biography: I am the founder and president of a financial advisory firm. I specialize in designing and implementing customized corporate retirement plans and personal private wealth strategies for individuals and families. I have been in the financial services industry for 27 years and have been a corporate consultant for 33 years. I am a graduate of University of Nebraska (1981). I have been married for 30 years to my wife Lela; we have 3 daughters and 1 grandson. I have served on numerous Boards of Directors for local not-for-profit organizations in various roles as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. In the church, I have served as a vestry member (4 terms), Senior Warden, treasurer (5 years), capital campaign chair (twice), stewardship chair (4 times!), Audit Committee, Sunday School teacher, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. I have served as a leader of the Cathedral through difficult times and have learned a great deal about understanding differing points of view and working together to arrive at consensus. I have also had the pleasure of serving in leadership positions during times of plenty and have learned the importance of leaders who understand the importance of for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health in the life of our community. The skills and abilities I have gained in guiding my clients through good times and bad and serving the Church in good times and bad has given me the understanding, ability and patience to prayerfully evaluate all sides of situations and circumstances, determine appropriate solutions and implement a plan to deliver the desired outcomes. I am a planner; the talents I have developed through the years in service to the church and in business appear to make me well-suited to be a productive member of the Diocesan Council. Nominee Statement:: I am honored to have my name submitted in nomination as a Lay Member at-Large of the Diocesan Council. I am a small business owner and I have significant experience in planning and implementing business plans/ solutions, corporate strategies and financial plans. I also have a great deal of experience in church leadership as Senior Warden, Treasurer, Vestry member, Stewardship Chair, Capital Campaign Chair, Audit Committee, Parish Life Committee, LEV, LEM, Sunday School teacher. As a church leader I have assisted in everything from planning and implementing annual stewardship campaigns to annual budgeting and planning capital fundraising for planning of and building new facilities. The role of the Diocesan Council necessitates that its members have a broad spectrum of experience and skills. The Cathedral and the Diocese have been such an important part in my family’s and my life that the opportunity to serve our community in this important role is both an honor and a privilege.

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Allen O. Getz St. Andrew’s, Tampa Biography: Born in Massachusetts and moved to Maine. Relocated to Tampa 32 years ago. Undergraduate work at University of Maine and graduate work at University of Southern Maine. Been involved in all aspects of business from sales to operations. Senior Management at several large companies directing successful expansion development. Also experience in turn-around situations and have had success in turning companies in a losing situation to one of profitability. Past Member of Diocesan Council, Finance Committee and the Congregational Development Committee. Currently on the Disciplinary Committee. Nominee Statement: I was on Diocesan Council previously from the Tampa Deanery. I would like to offer my experience and knowledge to the Council again. I am currently on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s and am the Junior Warden. I have held posts also as Treasurer. I have served on Vestries in Maine and also here in Florida. I was Senior Warden of St. Mary’s in Dade City and have served on the Vestry previously here at St. Andrews and was Treasurer. I also served on the Vestry at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland. I was Chair of the Finance Committee in our Diocese for six years.

Election D: Disciplinary Board, Lay Elect two lay persons to a three-year term.

Allen O. Getz St. Andrew’s, Tampa Biography: Born in Massachusetts and moved to Maine. Relocated to Tampa 32 years ago. Undergraduate work at University of Maine and graduate work at University of Southern Maine. Been involved in all aspects of business from sales to operations. Senior Management at several large companies directing successful expansion development. Also experience in turn-around situations and have had success in turning companies in a losing situation to one of profitability. Past Member of Diocesan Council, Finance Committee and the Congregational Development Committee. Currently on the Disciplinary Board. Nominee Statement: I was on Diocesan Council previously from the Tampa Deanery. I would like to offer my experience and knowledge to the Council again. I am currently on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s and am the Junior Warden. I have held posts also as Treasurer. I have served on Vestries in Maine and also here in Florida. I was Senior Warden of St. Mary’s in Dade City and have served on the Vestry previously here at St. Andrews and was Treasurer. I also served on the Vestry at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland. I was Chair of the Finance Committee in our Diocese for six years. Mercy in Mission:


Dr. Virginia Harper Iona Hope, Ft. Myers Biography: A cradle Episcopalian, Dr. Virginia Harper is a 5th generation Floridian by proxy. Her maternal grandparents and great great grandparents are credited with founding St. John’s in Tallahassee and St. Andrews in Fort Pierce. She is the daughter of a Navy officer and banker. While Florida has been her generational home, Dr. Harper has lived in 10 different states and Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. For the past 29 years she has called Fort Myers home. Her second home is Alexandria, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Harper, when not at church, has lived a dual professional life both as a teacher and a business owner. She is currently resuming studies to finish her paralegal degree. She has been active in and served on various community boards including the FGCU Student Conduct Committee, the Fort Myers Women’s Community Club, the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, and the National Association for Women in Construction. Dr. Harper is the proud mother of two grown children, Rob and Jill, who are both about to become attorneys. Nominee Statement: I am a joyful, engaged, yet humble, Episcopalian. We are all the best ambassadors for our faith. I am a planting member and former vestry woman of Iona Hope Episcopal Church in Fort Myers and most recently serve as Clerk of the Vestry. My ministerial passions include hunger ministries and welcoming and ushering, and serving where I am needed (which suits well as I am an extrovert.) My personal journey includes daily Bible study, checking on my friends, and giving personal support to the Love A Child ministry of Sherry and Bobby Burnette in Haiti. I believe that we have a special heritage that includes historically honoring the contributions our church has made to universal Christian growth, and my next great passion is getting the word out about our great faith. For the past three years I have served on the Ecclesiastical Board including being trusted with a leadership role. I have learned a lot and there is still a lot more to be learned with the Canons as my guide. I would be honored to be elected to continue to serve.

Jacqueline (Jackie) LaVelle Smith, St. John’s, Clearwater Biography: In 1979, my young daughter was beginning to explore her faith path and was seeking guidance through her journey. Realizing this was a journey that I myself had not completed, it was time to begin. In my church exploration, the Episcopal Church warmed my heart and provided the love and compassion of Christ that I was seeking in my church home; I was baptized in 1980 in Pensacola, FL. After relocating to Cleveland, Ohio in 1982. I found a new faith family within the walls of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I served in many roles including Altar Guild, Church School teacher, Choir Mom, Adult Youth Leader, EYE, Vestry and Commission for Racial Understanding. I also Healing a Hurting World

greatly enjoyed cooking and serving various meals for the church members for many years as well as answering the call to Greater Cleveland Congregation Ministry. After moving to Clearwater, I found my faith family at St. John’s where I am an active member. I presently serve as a Eucharistic Minister, Daughters of the King (Vice President) and the Jr. Warden on the Vestry. It has also been pleasing for my faith growth as I attend Sunday services, Bible Study and the healing service regularly. All these experiences help me grow in my commitment to Christ. In my retirement I have found greater opportunities to expand my services to the community. As a member of the Board of AIDS Partnership, which holds a faith -based mission, I serve as Dinner Coordinator for the monthly client meals. I have also been certified as an HIV Tester and take great pleasure in providing a resource for people through faithful compassion. I now feel called to additionally serve at the Diocesan level. I therefore willingly raise my hand and say, “Here I am Lord.” Nominee Statement: I am interested in serving on the Disciplinary Board because I enjoy problem solving. I have the ability to see both sides of an issue and to remain neutral. I believe the listening experience that I gained from serving with the Commission for Racial Understanding, the Greater Cleveland Congregation Ministry, from being a parent and from working with FAST, have allowed me to hear and respect many views. I believe that I have made sound decisions when asked. I embrace all voices that are to be heard and do not prejudge or put people or ideas into a box. My faith walk and my life experiences enable me to serve on this Board. I have a willingness to serve, experience in listening and am a member in good standing of the Episcopal Church. I ask for your confidence in allowing me this responsibility.

Hon. Eugene Douglas Spangler,Jr. Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota Biography: A lawyer member of Florida Bar since 1975, I am now serving for the last eight years as a Judge of Workers Compensation Claims, currently in the Tampa office. I am married to my wife of 35 years, Jan, and live in Parrish. We have three grown sons. I have been a member of Redeemer more than three decades. I have previously served in diocesan offices: Deputy to General Convention 2000, Diocesan Council (x2), Dioc. Review Committee, Cursillo teams and Committee, Vestry (four terms) and previous Senior Warden, Church of Redeemer, youth leader, lay reader, verger more than 20 years, men’s ministry, and Home Fellowship leader/participant. Nominee Statement: My previous term on the Diocesan Review Committee, the predecessor of this committee, taught me the 17


importance of this responsibility. My legal training and judicial experience will allow me to serve this Diocese to my highest and best ability. As mentioned above in my biography, I enjoy serving at the local level of my parish weekly but continue to feel called to serve my greater diocesan family in any way I can.

Election E: Disciplinary Board, Clergy

Election F: Trustee, University of the South Elect one lay trustee to a three-year term.

Aaron Welch Christ Church, Bradenton Biography: Aaron is a graduate of University of the South with BA in Biology. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in Plant Pathology.

Elect one clergy member.

Rev. Charles Roy Allison, II Rector, St. Mark’s, Tampa Biography: I was born and raised in the Diocese of Southwest Florida, and have been married to my wife, Marcia, for 20 years. We have 2 daughters, and I am currently the Rector of St. Mark’s in Tampa, and the Chaplain at St. Anslem’s Chapel Center at The University of South Florida. I spent most of my professional life working in operations for pharmaceutical and HME health care companies in the Tampa Bay area, and graduated from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 2012. When I take the time, I enjoy fishing, kayaking and cycling.

Nominee Statement: Aaron has served multiple terms on the Vestry of Christ Church and currently serves as the Senior Warden. He has also been active in assisting Christ Church’s youth groups for more than 20 years.

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Nominee Statement: I studied the changes and impact of Title IV while in seminary, and served on the Disciplinary Board from 2012-2015. I feel it is important that the laity are heard and their concerns investigated when allegations about clergy conduct cause them concern. However, I also acknowledge that the clergy are dealing with varying opinions, desires and frustrations that may or may not be issues or behaviors requiring disciplinary action. Reconciliation has to be the focus of issues brought before the Disciplinary Board, while also identifying conduct and behaviors not consistent with that of ordained clergy, and are in violation of the canons of the church.

Follow us on the web: More details on Convention, including a PDF of this booklet, are online at episcopalswfl.org. Twitter or Instagram? Use the hashtags #episcopal or #anglican to let the world (and convention) know what’s happening. We will retweet, repin and repost to our own Diocesan followers.

Connect, Share Ideas and Notes at the Ministry Fair Walk down the main concourse of the Conference Center and it’s ministry central. This is where we show off the missions and ministries that thrive in our diocese. This is a great place to network and find resources and contacts ... to be inspired ... and to do some shopping to support these ministries. Visit our very popular Altar Guild Free Market, where congregations offer at no charge vestments and equipment they no longer need. The Ministry Fair opens at 8:30 a.m. Friday and closes after lunch on Saturday. Pictured here, Olatha Leggett of Cornerstone Kids greeting attendees at the 2014 Convention.

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Voting Worksheets Use these worksheets to know which candidates are on the ballot

Election A

Election B

Standing Committee, Lay

Standing Committee Presbyter

Elect One Lay Person to a Three-year Term

Elect Two Presbyters to a Three-year Term

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Mr. Kevin M. Fitzgerald, St. Mark’s, Marco Island

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The Rev. Dr. Randall K. Hehr, Priest-inCharge, Holy Trinity, Clearwater

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Ms. Renee Osborne, St. Mary’s, Bonita Springs

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The Rev. Cesar Olivero, St. James’, Port Charlotte

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The Rev. Jon C. Roberts, Calvary, Indian Rocks Beach

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NOMINATING COMMITEE The Rev. Canon Michael Durning, Chair of Nominations Committee, thanks Diocesan Council for this opportunity to be of service. Committee members: Clearwater: Ft. Myers: Manasota: Naples: St. Petersburg: Tampa: Venice:

The Rev. Wayne Farrell The Rev. Charles Cannon Mr. Kraig Koach The Rev. Edward Gleason The Rev. Robin Whitlock Mr. Steve Straske Mr. Bobby Wood

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Election C

Election D

Diocesan Council, At-Large

Disciplinary Board, Lay

Elect Two Lay Persons to a Threeyear Term

Elect Two Lay Persons to a Three-year Term 1. Mr. Allen O. Getz

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Mr. Ronald Stuart Clayton St. Bartholomew’s, St. Petersburg

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Mr. W. Blanton Garnett, Jr. Cathedral Church of St. Peter

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Mr. Allen O. Getz St. Andrew’s, Tampa

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Iona Hope, Ft. Myers 3. Ms. Jacqueline LaVelle Smith

St. John’s, Clearwater 4. The Hon. Doug Spangler, Jr.

Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota

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ELECTIONS RULES AND HIGHLIGHTS Additional candidates may be nominated from the floor of convention. We are unable to provide biographical information for floor nominees because voting takes place immediately after nominations close. Take time to study the candidates and their qualifications and give prayerful consideration in determining whom you will choose to do the work of the Diocese in the years to come.

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Election E

Election F

Disciplinary Board, Clergy

Trustee, University of the South

Elect One Clergy to a Three-year Term

Elect One Lay Trustee to a Three-year Term 1. Mr. Aaron Welch

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VOTING You will need three items in order to fill out your ballot properly: The candidates list; the ballot and a No. 2 pencil. On the candidates list, you’ll notice each candidate has a unique number in front of their name. To vote for a specific candidate, find their name on the candidate list and note that candidate’s number.

Here, Parish Administration Resource Martha Goodwill accepts pencil-cast ballots from The Rev. Canon Eric Cooter from Dispatch of Business.

On the ballot, fill in the bracket with the number that corresponds with the candidates’ number. Fill the bracket in completely. Please, no circles, check marks or other stray marks on the ballot. Ballots that are marked incorrectly will not be counted. Healing a Hurting World

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Presented Resolutions Resolution 2015-1: Resolution to Amend Diocesan Canon II.4.b.1. Offered by Diocesan Committee on Constitution and Canons, conferring electronically in June and July, 2015:

RESOLVED, by the 47th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southwest Florida meeting at Punta Gorda on the 17th day of October, 2015 That Canon II of the Diocese of Southwest Florida be amended as follows:

Canon II [No changes to Sections 1, 2, or 3]

Section 4. Convention Committees.

[No changes to subsection a.]

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A Nominating Committee that is charged with developing a slate of candidates for the various elections that may be held at a meeting of the Convention. The Committee shall be charged with nominating candidates representative of the Diocese. The Committee shall consist of seven (7) persons, one (1) from each deanery, plus the chair, who shall be a clergy Member of Convention or an elector and who shall be named by Diocesan Council.

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No later than seven (7) FIVE (5) months prior to the scheduled date of the annual meeting of the Convention, the Committee shall circulate a request to all Congregations and deaneries for names of persons to be nominated to positions to be filled by Convention.

[No changes to the rest of Section 4, or to Section 5.]

Explanation: The current timetable for requesting nominations has proven unrealistic in practice. Moving the timeframe from seven months to five months before the Annual Meeting of the Convention will still permit adequate notice without adding to the administrative demands already placed on both congregations and diocesan staff during the first quarter of the year.

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida The 2016 Diocesan Budget Process and Reporting

2016 Diocesan Budget This diocesan budget is the product of a deliberate process of conversations that include the diocesan community through Diocesan Council, committees, leaders and focus groups. While truly a year-long process, the budgeting work formally begins in June and continues through final presentation in October.

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The Office of the Bishop staff communicated with a variety of diocesan leaders regarding individual line items. The Endowment Fund Board determined the 2016 spending rule per the Endowment Fund Policy. Funds available for distribution are determined by using a total return principal. The approved spending rate for 2016 is 4.5% of the threeyear rolling average market value of the endowment account ending in June 2015. The Bishop Compensation Subcommittee reviewed the compensation of the Bishop. The Finance Committee reviewed draft budgets in their July and August meetings, and recommend the final draft to Council. Diocesan Council approved the final budget at their August 15, 2015 meeting. The budget was presented to convention delegates and clergy at the Fall Deanery Convocations in September.

Within this budget presentation are the following: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I.

Operating Budget - Summary (one page summary of the operating budget) Operating Budget - Detail (detailed operating budget) Capital Budget Summary (summary of DaySpring Master Plan implementation) Endowment Spending Rule Analysis (explanation of endowment spending rule calculation) Designated Funds (summary of the activity of the council-designated funds) Restricted Funds (summary of the activity of the individual donor-restricted funds) Apportionment Schedule (detailed schedule of 2016 apportionment amounts which fund the diocesan budget, by church) Apportionment Calculation (detailed definition of the apportionment calculation in our diocese) Parochial Report Analysis (comparison of parochial report totals for 2013 and 2014)

Healing a Hurting World

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Operating Budget Summary 2015-16 Change 2015 Budget

$

2016 Budget

%

INCOME Operating Apportionment

$

2,953,079

$

3,047,176

$

94,097

Investment Income

$

6,785

$

5,106

$

(1,679)

Income Released from Restricted/Designated Funds-General (a)

$

63,367

$

72,418

$

9,051

$

3,023,231

$

3,124,700

$

101,469

3%

Seminarian Transition

$

9,132

$

32,096

$

22,964

89%

Deanery

$

7,000

$

7,000

$

-

0%

Congregation Leadership Development

$

32,000

$

32,000

$

-

0%

Mission and Congregational Development

$

168,031

$

162,900

$

(5,130)

-2%

INCOME EXPENSES Congregational Support and Development

Uncollectable Apportionment Allowance Total Congregational Support and Development

$

147,654

$

152,359

$

4,705

3%

$

363,817

$

386,355

$

22,538

4%

Ministry Ministry Development

$

34,086

$

17,554

$

(16,532)

Cultural & Ethnic Ministries

$

115,000

$

125,000

$

10,000

9%

Recovery Ministries

$

13,800

$

13,800

$

-

0%

DaySpring Program Development

$

55,000

$

55,000

$

-

0%

Youth, Young Adult and Families

$

126,000

$

186,000

$

60,000

41%

Beyond Diocese Total Ministry

-43%

$

698,630

$

594,026

$

(104,604)

-17%

$

1,042,516

$

991,381

$

(51,135)

-5%

16,858

Administration Administration

$

263,966

$

280,824

$

Cemetery

$

3,739

$

3,394

$

Bishop Discretionary

$

-

$

-

$

-

0%

Investments

$

-

$

-

$

-

0%

Personnel

$

1,390,470

$

1,438,024

$

47,554

4%

Retired Personnel

$

24,722

$

24,722

$

-

0%

Total Administration

$

1,682,897

$

1,746,964

$

64,068

5%

$

3,089,229

$

3,124,700

$

35,471

1%

(65,998) $

0

$

65,998

EXPENSES NET TOTAL OPERATING

$

(344)

7% -9%

Notes a. Income released from restricted or designated accounts that is restricted to a particular expense category is presented with the expense (see detailed budget). b. Starting with 2016, capital-related items are presented in a separate Capital Budget

24

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Operating Budget Details 2015-16 Change Line 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

2015 Budget

Accounts INCOME

$

2016 Budget

%

Apportionment 570000 - Operating Apportionment Total Apportionment

$

2,953,079

$

3,047,176

$

94,097

$

2,953,079

$

3,047,176

$

94,097

$

6,785

$

5,106

$

(1,679)

$

6,785

$

5,106

$

(1,679)

$

63,367

$

72,418

$

9,051

$

63,367

$

72,418

$

9,051

$

3,023,231

$

3,124,700

$

101,469

3%

Investment Income 570200 - Investment Income Total Investment Income Transfers of Released Income (a) 572000 - Released from Restricted Funds-General Total Transfers

11 12

TOTAL INCOME

3%

13 14 15 16

EXPENSES Congregational Support and Development Seminarian Transition

17

572002 - Released from Restricted Funds-Seminarian Transition

$

18

582180- Seminarian Transition/Deployment

$

22,500

$

47,500

$

25,000

$

9,132

$

32,096

$

22,964

$

7,000

$

7,000

$

-

$

7,000

$

7,000

$

-

19 20 21 22 23

Total Seminarian Transition

(13,368) $

(15,404) $

(2,036)

583350 - Deanery Support Total Deanery 580492 - Congregation Education

$

10,000

$

10,000

$

-

25

580491 - Fresh Start (Transition) Programming

$

6,000

$

6,000

$

-

26

581400 - Stewardship Programming

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

27

583340 - Meetings

$

11,000

$

11,000

$

-

$

32,000

$

32,000

$

-

29

Total Congregation Leadership Development

30

572003 - Released from Restricted Funds-Mission

$

(46,534) $

(53,851) $

(7,317)

572001 - Released from Designated Funds-Mission

$

(55,435) $

(63,248) $

(7,813)

32

580493 - Congregation Expertise Support

$

45,000

$

45,000

$

-

33

581020 - Congregation Aid

$

130,000

$

120,000

$

(10,000)

34

581265 - New Mission Investment-Program

$

15,000

$

15,000

$

-

35

581266 - New Mission Investment-Personnel

$

80,000

$

100,000

$

20,000

$

168,031

$

162,900

$

(5,130)

36

0%

Mission and Congregational Development

31

37

0%

Congregation Leadership Development

24

28

251%

Deanery

Total Mission and Congregational Development

-3%

Uncollectable Apportionment Allowance

38

570100 - Uncollectable Apportionments

$

147,654

$

152,359

$

4,705

39

Total Uncollectable Apportionment Allowance

$

147,654

$

152,359

$

4,705

3%

40 41

Total Congregational Support and Development

$

363,817

$

386,355

$

22,538

6%

42 43

Ministry Ministry Development

44

573750 - School for Ministry Development Revenue

$

45

582121 - School for Ministry Dev Expense*

$

(4,000) $ 4,000

$

4,000

$

-

46

582150 - Education for Ministry

$

2,000

$

2,500

$

500

47

572004 - Released from Restricted Fund - Seminarian

$

582160 - Seminarian Support

$

49

580720 - Clergy Spouse Association

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

50

582190 - Commission on Ministry

$

6,000

$

8,400

$

2,400

$

34,086

$

17,554

$

(16,532)

$

115,000

$

125,000

$

10,000

$

115,000

$

125,000

$

10,000

(18,000) $

52 53 54 55

Total Ministry Development

50,000

$

(33,346) $

-

48

51

(28,914) $

(4,000) $

35,000

$

(4,432) (15,000)

582194 - Cultural & Ethnic Ministries Total Cultural & Ethnic Ministries

56

573900 - Recovery Ministries Revenue

$

584030 - Recovery Ministries Expense*

$

31,800

$

31,800

$

-

$

13,800

$

13,800

$

-

59

Total Recovery Ministries

(18,000) $

0%

DaySpring Program Development

60

582400 - Program Development

$

55,000

$

55,000

$

-

61

Total DaySpring Program Development

$

55,000

$

55,000

$

-

62

9%

Recovery Ministries

57 58

-49%

Cultural & Ethnic Ministries

0%

Youth, Young Adult and Families

63

573500 - Youth Program Revenues

$

(50,000) $

(90,000) $

64

580850 - Youth Programs Expense

$

110,000

$

180,000

$

70,000

65

582182 - Youth Program Personnel Support

$

2,000

$

2,000

$

-

66

582179 - E.Y.E./Prov. Youth and Young Adult Events

$

4,000

$

4,000

$

-

Healing a Hurting World

(40,000)

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Operating Budget Details 2015-16 Change Line 67

Accounts 572007 - Released from Restricted Fund - SCF Chaplaincy

$

2015 Budget (1,168) $

2016 Budget (1,346) $

(12,000) $

(19,660) $

$

% (178)

68

573510 - USF Chapel Center Income

$

69

582195 - USF Chapel Center Expenses

$

24,000

$

28,660

$

4,660

70

582196 - College Ministry Programming

$

12,168

$

10,946

$

(1,222)

71

582197 - College Ministry Personnel

$

22,000

$

56,400

$

34,400

72

585218 - General Young Adult and Family Ministry Programming

$

15,000

$

15,000

$

-

$

126,000

$

186,000

$

60,000

73 74

Total Youth, Young Adult and Families

(7,660)

48%

Beyond Diocese

75

584010 - Episcopal Networks & Travel

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

76

585010 - Episcopal Church Asking

$

580,474

$

537,153

$

(43,321)

77

585015 - Millenium Development Goals

$

18,156

$

16,873

$

(1,283)

78

585080 - Episcopal Relief & Development

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

79

585020 - Province IV - Support

$

10,000

$

10,000

$

-

80

585030 - Sewanee - University of the South

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

81

585050 - General Conv/Synod Expenses

$

60,000

$

-

$

(60,000)

82

585060 - Dominican Development Group

$

15,000

$

15,000

$

$

698,630

$

594,026

$

(104,604)

-15%

$

1,042,516

$

991,381

$

(51,135)

-5%

83 84

Total Beyond Diocese Total Ministry

-

85 86 87

Administration Administration

88

583300 - Office Expenses

$

26,000

$

24,000

$

(2,000)

89

583315 - Maintenance, Housekeeping, Repairs

$

23,574

$

25,432

$

1,858

90

583310 - Utilities

$

28,892

$

28,892

$

-

91

583302 - Background check expense

$

3,000

$

3,000

$

-

92

583330 - Insurance

$

38,000

$

38,000

$

-

93

583335 - Legal and Auditing

$

31,000

$

30,000

$

(1,000)

94

583336 - Banking and Professional Fees

$

4,000

$

4,000

$

-

95

583360 - Diocesan Convention

$

35,000

$

38,000

$

3,000

96

582100 - Diocesan Liturgy Support

$

3,000

$

3,000

$

-

97

583600 - Publication Costs and Website

$

40,000

$

50,000

$

10,000

98

583325 - Postage

$

8,000

$

8,000

$

-

99

583345 - Equipment and Software

$

3,000

$

3,000

$

-

100

580370 - Office of the Bishop

$

5,500

$

5,500

$

-

101

583601 - Bishop Endowment Appeal

$

15,000

$

20,000

$

5,000

$

263,966

$

280,824

$

16,858

102 103

Total Administration

104

572060 - Released from Restricted Fund - St. Barth's Cemetery

$

105

599040 - St. Bartholomew's Cemetery

$

6,000

$

6,000

$

$

3,739

$

3,394

$

(344) (1,041)

106 107

Total Cemetery

(2,261) $

(2,606) $

(344) -

108

572005 - Released from Restricted Funds-Bishop Discretionary

$

(17,285) $

(18,326) $

573300 - Donations to Discretionary Fund

$

(10,000) $

(10,000) $

110

599090 - Bishop Discretionary - Miscellaneous

$

27,285

$

28,326

$

1,041

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

$

-

111 113 114 115 116

Total Bishop Discretionary

-

583308 - Unrealized (Gain) Loss on Invest. Total Investments

0%

Personnel The Episcopate 580100 - Bishop - Stipend

$

102,032

$

109,175

$

7,143

118

580150 - Bishop - Housing

$

70,090

$

74,996

$

4,906

119

580200 - Bishop - Insurance

$

21,015

$

21,015

$

-

120

580250 - Bishop - Pension

$

30,982

$

33,151

$

2,169

121

580300 - Bishop - Professional Exp.

$

30,000

$

30,000

$

-

122

580310 - Bishop - Continuing Ed.

$

3,000

$

3,000

$

-

123

580900 - Assisting Bishops - Stipend

$

16,000

$

16,480

$

480

124

580910 - Assisting Bishops - Prof Exp

$

8,000

$

8,000

$

-

$

281,119

$

295,816

$

14,698

125 Mission and Ministry

127

580400 - Canon to the Ordinary - Stipend

$

72,645

$

74,824

$

2,179

128

580410 - Canon to the Ordinary - Housing

$

51,692

$

53,243

$

1,551

129

580420 - Canon to the Ordinary - Insurance

$

18,840

$

18,840

$

-

130

580430 - Canon to the Ordinary - Pension

$

22,381

$

23,052

$

671

131

580440 - Canon to the Ordinary - Prof Exp

$

12,000

$

12,000

$

-

26

0%

Investments

117

126

-9%

Bishop Discretionary

109

112

6%

Cemetery

Mercy in Mission:


Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Operating Budget Details 2015-16 Change Line

$

2015 Budget 48,581

584460 - Canon for Ministry Dev - Housing

$

584470 - Canon for Ministry Dev - Insurance

$

135

584480 - Canon for Ministry Dev - Pension

136

584490 - Canon for Ministry Dev - Prof Exp

137

584400 - Canon for Mission - Stipend

138 139

$

%

$

2016 Budget 50,638

$

20,000

$

20,000

$

24,860

$

24,860

$

-

$

12,345

$

12,715

$

370

$

10,000

$

10,000

$

-

$

59,001

$

42,147

$

(16,854)

584410 - Canon for Mission - Housing

$

19,200

$

38,400

$

19,200

584420 - Canon for Mission - Insurance

$

18,974

$

18,974

$

-

140

584430 - Canon for Mission - Pension

$

13,937

$

14,499

$

562

141

584440 - Canon for Mission - Prof Exp

$

10,000

$

10,000

$

-

142

582201 - Dio Youth/DS Programming - Stipend

$

26,000

$

36,500

$

10,500

143

582202 - Dio Youth/DS Programming - Housing

$

-

$

-

$

-

144

582203? - Dio Youth/DS Programming - Insurance

$

9,200

$

4,500

$

(4,700)

132

Accounts 584450 - Canon for Ministry Dev - Stipend

133 134

2,057 (0)

145

582204 - Dio Youth/DS Programming - Pension

$

9,000

$

-

$

(9,000)

146

582205 - Dio Youth/DS Programming - Prof Exp

$

5,000

$

10,000

$

5,000

147

583201 - Staff - M&M-Compensation

$

128,966

$

135,836

$

6,870

148

583211 - Staff - M&M-PR Taxes

$

9,866

$

10,391

$

525

149

583221 - Staff - M&M-Insurance

$

19,888

$

19,888

$

-

150

583231 - Staff - M&M-Pension

$

12,897

$

13,584

$

687

151

583241 - Staff - M&M-Prof Exp

$

1,500

$

1,500

$

-

$

636,772

$

656,391

$

19,620 3,259

152 153

Finance and Administration

154

583100 - CFO - Compensation

$

108,627

$

111,886

$

155

583110 - CFO - PR Taxes

$

8,310

$

8,559

$

249

156

583120 - CFO - Insurance

$

24,995

$

26,025

$

1,030

157

583130 - CFO - Pension

$

10,863

$

11,189

$

326

158

583140 - CFO - Prof. Expenses

$

12,000

$

12,000

$

-

159

583200 - Staff - Finance&Admin-Compensation

$

194,971

$

197,085

$

2,114

160

583210 - Staff - Finance&Admin-PR Taxes

$

13,003

$

13,930

$

161

583220 - Staff - Finance&Admin-Insurance

$

40,814

$

39,595

$

(1,219)

162

583230 - Staff - Finance&Admin-Pension

$

16,997

$

18,209

$

1,211

163

583540 - Staff - Finance&Admin-Prof Exp

$

4,000

$

4,000

$

-

164

580510 - Pastors to Clergy & Fam - Stipend

$

-

$

-

$

-

927

165

580530 - Pastors to Clergy & Fam - Professional Exp

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

166

584700 - Dev/Stewardship/Canon Pastor - Stipend

$

28,000

$

28,840

$

840

167

584700 - Dev/Stewardship/Canon Pastor - Medical

$

-

$

4,500

$

4,500

168

584740 - Dev/Stewardship/Canon Pastor - Prof Exp

$

5,000

$

5,000

$

-

$

472,580

$

485,817

$

13,237

$

1,390,470

$

1,438,024

$

47,554

169 170

Total Personnel

171

Retired Personnel

172

572006 - Released from Restricted Funds-Retirement

$

173

580700 - Health Insurance Benefit for Retired Clergy

$

89,092

$

99,809

$

10,717

174

580710 - Retirement Benefits

$

6,000

$

6,000

$

-

$

24,722

$

24,722

$

$

1,682,897

$

1,746,964

$

64,068

4%

$

3,089,229

$

3,124,700

$

35,471

1%

$

(65,998) $

0

$

65,999

$

284,782

$

317,976

$

33,194

$

284,782

$

317,976

$

33,194

1,660

175 176

Total Retired Personnel Total Administration

(70,370) $

(81,087) $

3%

(10,717)

(0)

0%

177 178

TOTAL EXPENSE

179 180

NET TOTAL - OPERATING

181 182 183

OTHER INCOME

184

570050 - Capital Apportionment

185

12%

186 187

OTHER EXPENSE

188

570101 - Uncollectable Capital Apportionment (assumption)

$

14,239

$

15,899

$

189

583306 - Depreciation Expense (non cash)

$

104,545

$

106,172

$

1,626

190

583410 - DaySpring Capital Maintenance Support

$

100,000

$

75,000

$

(25,000)

$

218,785

$

197,071

$

(21,714)

$

(0) $

120,906

$

120,907

$

(298,702) $

191

-10%

192 193

NET TOTAL - GRAND TOTAL Notes a. Total amount released from Restricted/Designated (presented alongside the expense line)

Healing a Hurting World

(341,632)

27


Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2015-2019 5 Year Capital Sources and Uses of Funds Assumes DaySpring Master Plan Phase 1 implementation in 5 Year timeframe Phase 2 and 3 timing to be determined

Line

Accounts

1

SOURCES OF FUNDS:

5 YEAR TOTAL

2 3

Cash Reserves on Hand (on Balance Sheet)

$

631,572

4 5

570050 - Capital Apportionment, Net of Allowance

$

2,107,824

6

573010 - Capital Income Gifts

$

2,500,000

7

Total Income (on Income Statement)

$

4,607,824

TOTAL SOURCES OF FUNDS:

$

5,239,396

8 9 10 11 12

USES OF FUNDS:

13 14

583410 - DaySpring Capital Maintenance Support

$

375,000

15

583351 - Professional Expense - Real Estate

$

481,076

$

856,076

3,739,300

16

Total Cash Uses (on Income Statement)

17 18

Capitalized Fixed Assets (on Balance Sheet):

19

Buildings - Phase 1 (Building and Site Construction)

$

20

Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment - Phase 1

$

70,000

21

Phase 1 Construction Contingency (15%)

$

574,020

23

Phase 2 (Large Worship/Meeting)

$

-

24

Phase 3 (Adult Lodges)

$

-

25 26

TOTAL USES OF FUNDS:

$

22

28

5,239,396

Mercy in Mission:


Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Endowment Spending Rule Analysis 2016 Market Value Endowment Fund Income Fund Endowments/ Restricted Funds

Total

Revolving Loan Fund

2011-Q3 2011-Q4 2012-Q1 2012-Q2 2012-Q3 2012-Q4 2013-Q1 2013-Q2 2013-Q3 2013-Q4 2014-Q1 2014-Q2 2014-Q3 2014-Q4 2015-Q1 2015-Q2

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

4,973,055 5,238,493 5,548,561 6,554,820 7,094,891 7,059,605 7,302,729 7,239,865 8,062,736 9,852,892 10,041,126 10,342,997 10,152,350 10,716,507 10,778,683 10,688,618

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

1,359,759 1,020,550 736,861 667,443 796,099 855,977 928,204 952,228 1,042,184 1,014,183 1,052,536 1,092,775 963,229 975,625 1,059,020 1,284,640

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

6,332,814 6,259,043 6,285,422 7,222,263 7,890,990 7,915,582 8,230,934 8,192,094 9,104,920 10,867,075 11,093,661 11,435,772 11,115,579 11,692,132 11,837,703 11,973,258

3 Year Average as of 6/30/15

$

9,111,083

$

1,001,392

$

10,112,475

$ $

409,999 34,167

Spending Rate 2016 Distribution* Monthly

4.50% $ $

409,999 34,167

NA NA NA

Explanation: The percentage of the FUND made available for distribution shall be determined each year by the BOARD and will normally fall in the range of three to five percent. In so doing, market performance of the portfolio will be an important consideration. It will be the goal of the BOARD to grow, or at least maintain, the purchasing power of the FUND taking inflationary effects into account. Funds available for distribution are determined by using a total return principle, i.e., return derived from dividends and interest as well as realized and unrealized capital gains. The funds available for distribution during any one year will be limited to a percentage of the market value of the corpus that is based on a three-year rolling average, with measures taken at the end of each of the preceding twelve quarters. The approved spending rate for 2016 is 4.5% of the three-year rolling average market value of the endowment ending in June 2015. This rate is justified by considering the 3-year average return of 8.63%, 3-year average inflation of 1.3%, and endowment management fees of .67%. This spending rule releases a total of $409,999 from restricted and designated invested funds for use in 2016. Of this total $24,782 is the Diocesan Endowment Management Program (DEMP) for 13 churches. The calculated funds available for distribution are then included in the diocesan budget for 2016 and distributed monthly.

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Budget - Designated Funds These are funds grouped according to designations approved by Diocesan Council.

6/30/2015 Balance Endowments DaySpring Endowment Episcopal Charities Endowment

Mission Fund Mission Fund Revolving Loan Fund Notes Receivable Cash Available

Total Designated Funds

Rate

Budgeted 2016 Distribution

Income Released to:

$ $ $

726,521 694,087 1,420,608

4.5% (d) 4.5% (d)

$ $ $

27,763 26,529 54,292

DaySpring EC Grants

$

1,654,941

4.5% (d)

$

63,248

Operating Budget

$ $ $

2,180,692 1,300,560 3,481,252

3%-4.25% 3.00%

$ $ $

65,421 39,017 104,438

$

6,556,802

$

221,978

$ $ $ $

63,248 104,438 54,292 221,978

Notes a. Total to Operating Budget b. Total to Designated Funds c. Total Out to Third Party

Reinvested into RLF Fund Reinvested into RLF Fund

d. Approved spending rule: 4.5% of the trailing 3 year average balance

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Budget - Restricted Funds These are funds legally restricted by the donor's wishes.

6/30/2015 Balance

Restriction Category / Fund Name Congregation Loans Flagler (St Mary, Tampa, Available funds) Rev. Cap.Loan (St Mark, Tampa)

Rate

28,062 28,062

Revolving Loan Fund

$ $ $

12,201 6,125 18,326

Operating Budget

4.5% (d)

$

4,885

Operating Budget

18,108 12,203 770,621 586,026 22,101 1,409,059

4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d)

$ $ $ $ $ $

692 466 29,451 22,397 845 53,851

Operating Budget

$ $ $ $ $ $

491,012 22,101 191,901 120,967 46,533 872,515

4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d)

$ $ $ $ $ $

18,765 845 7,334 4,623 1,778 33,346

Operating Budget

$

35,211

4.5% (d)

$

1,346

Operating Budget

$ $ $

1,009,331 1,112,380 2,121,711

4.5% (d) 4.5% (d)

$ $ $

38,574 42,513 81,087

Operating Budget

St Bartholomew Cemetery

$

68,178

4.5% (d)

$

2,606

Operating Budget

Hubbs

$

403,061

4.5% (d)

$

15,404

Johnson 50% Blacktop Werk SWFL Endowment-Unrestricted

$ $ $ $

219,487 29,992 1,539,332 17,366

4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d) 4.5% (d)

$ $ $ $

4,194 1,146 58,830 664

Dunning

$ $

2,209,238

Fixed

$ $

2,700 82,938

For Distribution to Church Johnson 50%

$

219,487

$

4,194

Total Restricted Funds

$

8,460,711

$

310,640

Underprivileged Smith Missions

Foster Plumley Leach Slemaker Evans 50%

Theological Education Lindsey Evans 50% Greene Mochino Hall

College Chaplaincy Kiely SCF Chaplaincy Fund Benefit of elderly Archambault Ross

Cemetery Other

114,636 935,396 1,050,032

0.00% 3.00%

$ $ $

406,704 160,255 566,959

3.00% 4.5% (d)

$

127,808

$ $ $ $ $ $

Income Released to:

$ $ $

Bishop Discretionary Tulane (part A-St Mark Tampa loan) Tulane (part B-Endowment)

$ $ $

Budgeted 2016 Distribution

4.5% (d)

Operating Budget Church of the Ascension

Benefitial Interest in Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation The Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit Florida corporation, organized to provide retirement support for the aged under the auspices and control of the Central, Southwest and Southeast Florida Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church currently through a scholarship program which is intended to help eligible elderly Episcopalians from the three dioceses obtain quality housing and healthcare. The Diocese elects four members to the governing board to the Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation, Inc. At 12/31/2014, the total assets of the Foundation were $11,992,741. Notes a. Total to Operating Budget b. Total to Designated Funds c. Total Out to Third Party

$ $ $ $

278,384 28,062 4,194 310,640

d. Approved spending rule: 4.5% of the trailing 3 year average balance

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City Holmes Beach (Anna Maria) Arcadia Boca Grande Bonita Springs Bradenton Bradenton Bradenton Brooksville Cape Coral Clearwater Clearwater Clearwater Clearwater Dade City Dunedin Englewood Fort Myers Fort Myers Fort Myers Fort Myers Fort Myers Beach Hudson Indian Rocks Bch LaBelle Largo Lehigh Acres Longboat Key Marco Island Naples Naples Naples Naples New Port Richey North Fort Myers North Port Osprey Palm Harbor Palmetto St. James City (Pine Island) Pinellas Park Plant City Port Charlotte

Church Annunciation St. Edmund St. Andrew St. Mary Christ Church St. George St. Mary Magdalene St. John Epiphany Ascension Good Samaritan Holy Trinity St. John St. Mary Good Shepherd St. David Iona-Hope St. Hilary Lamb of God St. Luke St. Raphael St. Martin Calvary Good Shepherd St. Dunstan St. Anselm All Angels by the Sea St. Mark St. John St. Monica St. Paul Trinity-by-the-Cove St. Stephen All Souls St. Nathaniel Holy Spirit St. Alfred St. Mary St. John St. Giles St. Peter St. James

Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Apportionment Schedule

Line 8

Capital Additions $ 39,460 $ $ 22,641 $ 104,295 $ 232,494 $ $ 2,405 $ 9,344 $ 31,798 $ 175,694 $ 4,029 $ 137,898 $ 45,426 $ $ 179,016 $ 9,660 $ 44,125 $ 21,515 $ 2,107 $ 18,807 $ 1,000 $ 3,167 $ 11,665 $ 300 $ $ 2,624 $ 36,888 $ 75,966 $ 18,210 $ 25,456 $ 4,295 $ 499,231 $ 8,521 $ 10,332 $ 14,136 $ $ $ 5,159 $ 15,000 $ 7,987 $ 60,466 $ 2,375

Normal Operating Income $ 349,090 $ 129,580 $ 496,103 $ 856,197 $ 944,668 $ 200,072 $ 270,587 $ 108,848 $ 213,025 $ 1,182,722 $ 183,320 $ 537,416 $ 319,672 $ 304,759 $ 352,291 $ 332,241 $ 537,906 $ 525,424 $ 317,665 $ 396,323 $ 97,265 $ 156,713 $ 277,738 $ 69,728 $ 131,560 $ 131,746 $ 321,342 $ 554,816 $ 575,989 $ 503,397 $ 362,044 $ 1,882,837 $ 180,507 $ 277,261 $ 121,270 $ 168,491 $ 358,557 $ 161,574 $ 83,980 $ 300,774 $ 263,758 $ 331,616

Total Subject to Apportionment $ 388,550 $ 129,580 $ 518,744 $ 960,492 $ 1,177,162 $ 200,072 $ 272,992 $ 118,192 $ 244,823 $ 1,358,416 $ 187,349 $ 675,314 $ 365,098 $ 304,759 $ 531,307 $ 341,901 $ 582,031 $ 546,939 $ 319,772 $ 415,130 $ 98,265 $ 159,880 $ 289,403 $ 70,028 $ 131,560 $ 134,370 $ 358,230 $ 630,782 $ 594,199 $ 528,853 $ 366,339 $ 2,382,068 $ 189,028 $ 287,593 $ 135,406 $ 168,491 $ 358,557 $ 166,733 $ 98,980 $ 308,761 $ 324,224 $ 333,991

2014 Parochial Report

Subtotal A (lines 3+4+5+6)

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Operating @10% 34,909 12,958 49,610 85,620 94,467 20,007 27,059 10,885 21,303 118,272 18,332 53,742 31,967 30,476 35,229 33,224 53,791 52,542 31,767 39,632 9,727 15,671 27,774 6,973 13,156 13,175 32,134 55,482 57,599 50,340 36,204 188,284 18,051 27,726 12,127 16,849 35,856 16,157 8,398 30,077 26,376 33,162 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Capital @10% 3,946 2,264 10,430 23,249 241 934 3,180 17,569 403 13,790 4,543 17,902 966 4,413 2,152 211 1,881 100 317 1,167 30 262 3,689 7,597 1,821 2,546 430 49,923 852 1,033 1,414 516 1,500 799 6,047 238

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

2016 Apportionment

Total 38,855 12,958 51,874 96,049 117,716 20,007 27,299 11,819 24,482 135,842 18,735 67,531 36,510 30,476 53,131 34,190 58,203 54,694 31,977 41,513 9,827 15,988 28,940 7,003 13,156 13,437 35,823 63,078 59,420 52,885 36,634 238,207 18,903 28,759 13,541 16,849 35,856 16,673 9,898 30,876 32,422 33,399


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Totals

City Punta Gorda Ruskin Safety Harbor St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Petersburg St. Pete Beach Sanibel Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Sarasota Seminole Spring Hill Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tampa Tarpon Springs Temple Terrace Valrico Venice Venice Zephyrhills

Church Good Shepherd St. John Holy Spirit St. Augustine St. Bartholomew St. Bede St. Matthew St. Peter St. Thomas St. Vincent St. Alban St. Michael & All Angels Nativity Redeemer St. Boniface St. Margaret St. Wilfred St. Anne of Grace St. Andrew Grace St. Andrew St. Chad St. Clement St. Francis St. James House of Prayer St. John St. Mark St. Mary All Saints St. Catherine Holy Innocents Good Shepherd St. Mark St. Elizabeth

Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida 2016 Apportionment Schedule

30,471,756

$

3,179,756

Capital Additions $ 11,670 $ $ 2,200 $ 6,850 $ 34,772 $ 27,140 $ $ 162,010 $ $ $ 55,205 $ 200,022 $ $ $ 2,798 $ 25,360 $ 55,668 $ $ 36,511 $ 35,476 $ 137,893 $ $ $ $ 207,606 $ 20 $ $ $ $ 485 $ 108,886 $ 178,092 $ 7,600 $ -

Normal Operating Income $ 356,183 $ 419,884 $ 174,914 $ 99,716 $ 227,054 $ 143,806 $ 117,699 $ 834,206 $ 729,320 $ 282,983 $ 235,060 $ 818,589 $ 292,067 $ 1,934,459 $ 1,164,555 $ 231,876 $ 248,232 $ 180,750 $ 307,942 $ 302,191 $ 631,184 $ 109,205 $ 229,496 $ 25,351 $ 250,862 $ 1,118,475 $ 378,040 $ 411,197 $ 263,246 $ 343,065 $ 461,222 $ 340,860 $ 842,181 $ 95,014 $

Line 8

$

33,651,512

Total Subject to Apportionment $ 367,853 $ 419,884 $ 177,114 $ 106,566 $ 261,826 $ 170,946 $ 117,699 $ 996,216 $ 729,320 $ 282,983 $ 290,265 $ 1,018,611 $ 292,067 $ 1,934,459 $ 1,167,353 $ 257,236 $ 303,900 $ 180,750 $ 344,453 $ 337,667 $ 769,077 $ 109,205 $ 229,496 $ 25,351 $ 458,468 $ 1,118,495 $ 378,040 $ 411,197 $ 263,246 $ 343,550 $ 570,108 $ 518,952 $ 849,781 $ 95,014

2014 Parochial Report

Subtotal A (lines 3+4+5+6)

$

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 3,047,176

Operating @10% 35,618 41,988 17,491 9,972 22,705 14,381 11,770 83,421 72,932 28,298 23,506 81,859 29,207 193,446 116,456 23,188 24,823 18,075 30,794 30,219 63,118 10,921 22,950 2,535 25,086 111,848 37,804 41,120 26,325 34,307 46,122 34,086 84,218 9,501 $

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

317,976

Capital @10% 1,167 220 685 3,477 2,714 16,201 5,521 20,002 280 2,536 5,567 3,651 3,548 13,789 20,761 2 49 10,889 17,809 760 -

$

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

2016 Apportionment

3,365,151

Total 36,785 41,988 17,711 10,657 26,183 17,095 11,770 99,622 72,932 28,298 29,027 101,861 29,207 193,446 116,735 25,724 30,390 18,075 34,445 33,767 76,908 10,921 22,950 2,535 45,847 111,850 37,804 41,120 26,325 34,355 57,011 51,895 84,978 9,501


Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Exhibit A - Apportionment Calculation Clarification

The apportionment that each congregation pays to the Diocese of Southwest Florida for the support of the diocese and related activities of the diocese shall be calculated as the sum of two parts: 1) operating apportionment and 2) capital apportionment. The Parochial Report figures used as the basis for these calculations shall be from the report filed two years preceding the year in which the apportionment is due. For example: the 2016 apportionment is calculated using the data filed in the 2014 Parochial Report.

1) Operating Apportionment is calculated as 10% of the congregation's "Normal Operating Income", reported on SubTotal A of the Parochial Report. The 10% rate is the default for every year, however the percentage amount may be adjusted as a part of the annual budgeting process. Any exceptions to the rate for a particular year would be approved through the regular approval process of the diocesan budget for that year. 2) Capital Apportionment is calculated as 10% of the congregation's "Funds Received for Capital Projects", reported on Line 8 of the Parochial Report. These apportionment dollars are directed to the capital needs of the diocese and the support of new missions. The apportionment shall be paid on a regular monthly basis throughout the year unless other arrangements are made with approval of the Diocesan Council in advance.

Please refer to Exhibit B for apportionment calculation definitions as they relate to the Parochial Report

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Exhibit B - Apportionment Definitions and Sources

Operating Income Apportionment

Capital Apportionment

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Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida Parochial Report Analysis 2013-2014

2013 12,952

Sunday Attendance

2013-2014 Change

2014 12,718

% Change

(234)

-2%

$

9,183 20,415,185

$

8,898 20,621,853

$

(285) 206,668

-3% 1%

$ $

24,897,348 811,886

$ $

25,368,892 1,149,375

$ $

471,544 337,489

2% 39%

$ $ $ $ $

3,208,429 613,125 29,530,788 338,924 29,869,712

$ $ $ $ $

3,480,640 472,854 30,471,761 251,243 30,723,004

$ $ $ $ $

272,211 (140,271) 940,973 (87,681) 853,292

$ $ $ $ $ $

2,847,820 3,079,060 3,737,057 726,488 10,390,425 40,260,137

$ $ $ $ $ $

3,248,924 6,425,750 4,374,987 878,479 14,928,140 45,651,144

$ $ $ $ $ $

$ $ $ $

2,944,517 801,231 26,413,961 30,159,709

$ $ $ $

3,091,204 679,193 26,461,799 30,232,196

$ $ $ $

146,687 (122,038) 47,838 72,487

5% -18% 0%

1,723,015 3,180,938 107,811 981,110 5,992,874 36,152,583

$ $ $ $ $ $

4,058,810 3,299,086 112,198 912,070 8,382,164 38,614,360

$ $ $ $ $ $

2,335,795 118,148 4,387 (69,040) 2,389,290 2,461,777

131% 3% 6% -9%

Subtotal Non-Operating Expenses (Subtotal F) Total Expenses (Total G)

$ $ $ $ $ $

Total Cash in Checking/Savings (Line 19) Total Investments at Market Value (Line 20) Total Debt

$ $ $

11,149,171 35,761,316 15,633,829

$ $ $

13,476,817 36,553,511 15,251,323

$ $ $

2,327,646 792,195 (382,506)

22% 3% -2%

(526)

-2%

Number of Signed Pledge Cards Total Dollar Amount Pledged Plate, Pledge and Regular Support (Line 3) Available for Operations From Investments (Line 4) Other Operating Income, Unrestricted/Restricted Gifts for Operations, Contributions from Congregation's Organizations (Line 5) Unrestricted Bequests used for Operations (Line 6) Normal Operating Income (Subtotal A) Assistance From The Diocese (Line 7) Total Operating Revenues (Subtotal B) Capital Funds (Line 8) Additions To Endowment (Line 9) Contributions for Outreach & Mission Programs (Line 10) Funds for Transmittal To Other Organizations (Line 11) Subtotal Non-Operating Revenues (Subtotal C) Total Revenues (Total D) Apportionment Paid To Diocese (Line 12) Outreach From Operating Budget (Line 13) All Other Operating Expenses (Line 14) Subtotal Operating Expenses (Subtotal E) Capital Improvement Expenditures (Line 15) Expenses for Congregation's Outreach and Mission (Line 16) Contribution to Episcopal Seminaries (Line 17) Funds Sent to Other Organization (Line 18)

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30,947

30,421

401,104 3,346,690 637,930 151,991 4,537,715 5,391,007

8% -33% 3% -27% 3% 18% 164% 15% 24% 49% 14%

0%

38% 7%

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Reports to Convention 2015 Anti-Racism Committee Report The Anti-Racism Committee met this year with the goals of reviewing and reaffirming the need for ongoing AntiRacism training in the Diocese, offering Committee-sponsored Anti-Racism trainings and other programming; and making recommendations for restructuring the Anti-Racism Committee. The Episcopal Church requires formal Anti-Racism training for those preparing for the deaconate and priesthood. The Church also requires anti-racism training for diocesan staff and lay and ordained diocesan leadership (see General Convention Resolutions 2000-B049; 2012-A127). The most current recommendation for this formal training is 12 hours. Our Diocese has provided this formal training in the past, but has not systematically done so recently for diocesan staff and lay and ordained leadership. We as a Diocese, however, have been successful offering short workshops on race and racism-related themes at recent Diocesan Conventions. The Committee recommends our Diocese commit to a renewed focus on anti-racism ministries and begin offering more formal anti-racism training and more racial reconciliation/racial justice programming opportunities for clergy and laity. To this end, in April 2015, the Committee was invited to and provided a half-day anti-racism program for the School for Ministry. The Committee also began exploratory discussions about our Diocese sponsoring a diocesan-wide service of racial reconciliation in the upcoming year. In these racially troubled times in our country, the Episcopal Church and other dioceses have had such services including most recently the Diocese of Atlanta (October 2014). The Committee is also planning to review several of the 2015 General Convention resolutions related to racial justice and make recommendations about which ones might be a higher priority for our Diocese. Finally, the Committee deliberated about ways to re-structure itself. Some areas to revisit included (1) committee charge; (2) committee composition [e.g., size increase, demographic representation (gender, race/ethnicity, age, etc.); orders representation; geographic representation; political representation; etc.; (3) committee name; (4) identification and modification of selected anti-racism related curricula; and (5) developing and/or recommending anti-racism, racial reconciliation, and racial justice online resources for the Diocese. Navita Cummings James, Ph.D., Chair

Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation, Inc. The Bishop Gray Retirement Foundation’s financial assistance program continues to provide financial aid to low-income elderly Episcopalians from the Southwest, Southeast, and Central Dioceses of Florida seeking help with the costs of retirement living and medical expenses. We do still gratefully receive donations from individuals and parishes from the three dioceses. The board of trustees would like to preserve the endowment fund as much as possible, using only the income from investments for distributions. During 2015, we have helped 48 Episcopalians, living in retirement communities, assisted living and senior facilities in the three dioceses. Approximately $500,000 will be distributed for financial assistance this year mostly in the form of monthly Healing a Hurting World

housing grants. Sample Retirement/ALF/Senior Living Facilities housing BGR Foundation financial aid recipients: The Crossroads, Davenport; Savannah Court of Lake Wales; Savannah Court of Maitland; Winter Park Towers; Orlando Lutheran Towers; Trinity Towers South, Melbourne; Pinellas Heights, Largo; Calusa Harbour, Fort Myers; McCown Towers, Sarasota; Hampton Point, Punta Gorda; Grand Reserve, Zephyrhills; Palm’s Edge ALF, Riviera Beach; Lake Worth Towers; St. Andrews Residence, West Palm Beach; St. James Residence, West Palm Beach; Emeritus at Jensen Beach BGR Foundation Board of Trustees: • Southwest Diocese: The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith, President; Dr. C. Thomas Gooding; Ms. Barbara Kelly; The Rev. Deacon Bill Moyers • Southeast Diocese: The Rt. Rev. Leopold Frade, Vice President; Canon Richard E. Miller; The Rev. Canon Howarth L. Lewis, Jr.; The Rev. Canon Donna Dambrot; The Ven. Thomas Bruttell; • Central Diocese: The Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer; Mr. Alexander C. Mackinnon, Secretary/Chancellor; Mr. Guy D. Colado; The Very Rev. Hugh McGlashon, Jr.; Dr. Thomas Bates Ginger Van Valkenburgh, Exec. Director

Chaplain to the Retired Clergy The Bishop reorganized the diocesan chaplains to retired clergy and families following the death of long time chaplain Larry Smellie. There are now 5 chaplains who represent our 7 deaneries. The Rev. Glad McCurtain is chaplain for Clearwater Deanery, The Rt. Rev. Barry Howe is chaplain for St. Petersburg Deanery, The Rev. Tracy Wilder is chaplain for Tampa Deanery, The Rev. Reid Heydt is chaplain for Manasota Deanery, The Rev. Arthur Lee is chaplain for Venice Deanery, and The Rev. Chris Gray is chaplain for Ft. Meyers and Naples Deaneries. The chaplains attended the Provincial Chaplains Retreat in Delray Beach, sponsored by the Church Pension Group’s Office of Pastoral Care. We also participated in the annual Bishop’s Spring Lunch for retired clergy/spouses at DaySpring. This annual event included presentations by the Church Pension Group, Holy Communion, sermon by the Bishop Smith, and lunch. We have over 450 retired clergy and spouses living in the Diocese and about half of them are canonically resident. Canon pastors respond to pastoral needs as notified. This is usually accomplished by connecting the retired person with a local clergy person and seeing that pastoral care is provided locally. Sometimes we visit ourselves with the sacrament and then help them get established with a local congregation, if they don’t already have one. Other times we assist them in reestablishing their relationship with rector/deacon/ congregation. We attend funerals of retired clergy/spouses and do follow-up visits/phone calls. There is a retired clergy fund in the diocesan budget that serves as a financial gap for medical needs for retired diocesan clergy that Canon Gray administers when requested. The Rev. Canon Chris Gray, Canon for Stewardship and Pastoral Care 37


College/Campus Ministry Two years ago, a re-visioning of the strategy for campus ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida began to emerge. A Campus Ministry Task Force was formed and the group began meeting to examine and study the best practices of several college ministries, on campuses located throughout Province IV of the Episcopal Church. Through those meetings, the Task Force proposed the re-development of student-led/ student-focused ministry on the existing campuses of the University of South Florida (Tampa) and State College of Florida (Bradenton), along with a new mission startup on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers). The strategy includes partnering with a congregation located in the geographic locale of each targeted institution of higher learning. The partnership with the local rector focuses on developing Chaplain leadership, who works with, mentors, and coaches student Interns serving as local mission developers. This new strategy focuses on identifying, training, and providing financial resources (scholarships) to students within the Episcopal Church, who possess a desire and sense of call, to serve as Interns on campus. At the same time, the strategy includes the re-development of the University of South Florida chaplaincy and now that ministry is currently going through a time of transition. The Diocese has partnered with St. Mark’s in Tampa and the Rev. Roy Allison to provide local leadership for this ministry. Fr. Roy and Deacon Alisa Carmichael oversee a residential chaplaincy where we have five USF students living in covenanted community in the Chapel Center facility. While pursuing either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, the resident interns at USF focus on community living, worship, and local/national/international mission work. At SCF Bradenton, there is a Rector/Chaplain, part-time Chaplain Assistant, along with two student interns serving on this campus working closely with other ecumenical partners, to provide opportunities for worship, scripture study, fellowship, and local mission work for the students. At FGCU Fort Myers, there is a Rector/Chaplain and one student intern serving on that campus. Each campus ministry is unique in its approach and structure and thus, each Chaplain has included a short update on how their particular ministry is progressing, and the vision they have for campus ministry in their local context. The Rev. Canon Eric Cooter Canon for Ministry Development State College of Florida SCF Campus Ministries began the second semester of the 201415 school year by employing a part-time assisting lay chaplain. Mr. William Pardy who had the intern position the first semester has grown into this role and as a result we have now set a pattern for student ministry here at SCF. We will continue to employ William this coming semester and will also have two interns working with him. Our new interns will be involved in planning and assisting with weekly events such as free lunches and coffee, Bible study, worship and fellowship. Campus ministry will also plan and host four outreach events, two on campus and two off campus. We will also continue to build our presence on the Venice campus. Campus ministry has become an integral part of the SCF campus. We continue to partner with the office of Student Life and other faith communities in Manatee County in an effort to bring consistent and meaningful ways for students to experience 38

community and explore their faith. We have great plans for the coming school year and ask that you pray for us daily as we journey into this mission field. God continues to guide and provide. He has gathered the workers and we continue to seek His will and move by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Rev. Bryan O’Carroll, Chaplain Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Bradenton St. Anselm’s Chapel Center at University of South Florida The Chapel Center at USF became an Associated Worshipping Community at the Diocesan Convention in 2014, and gathers as a community once a week for worship, fellowship and a meal while school is in session. Rev. Roy Allison became the Chaplain of the Chapel Center in January 2015, and works with Dcn. Alisa Carmichael to ensure the community thrives and grows as a Christian presence and influence on campus and in the Tampa community. Our goal for the 2015-16 school year is to involve the Chapel Center residents in campus, local, regional and foreign mission as a part of their commitment to a Christian life and journey while students at USF. We have a cookout scheduled to kick off the new semester in August, and at that time residents will select the area of ministry and mission they will be involved in for the coming year. We currently have 5 residents at the Chapel Center, and have room for 2 more residents. We hope to get the word out to our congregations and Episcopal churches throughout the country that the Chapel Center has a place for college students as resident interns. In 2015, we have invested in maintenance and renovation of the building for our residents. We have installed a new smoke alarm system, installed new doors for better energy efficiency and for safety, installed new outside lighting and painted the inside and outside of the building. We not only provide an affordable place for students to live, worship and have fellowship, but also a place that is safe and inviting for the campus and community to come and join us in our ministry. The Rev. Roy Allison, Chaplain Rector, Mark’s Episcopal Church, Tampa Engage Campus Ministry, Florida Gulf Coast University FGCU is emerging from a July transition in chaplaincy from the Rev. Dr. James Reho, Lamb of God Church, to the Rev. A. Charles Cannon, III, Rector of St. Hilary’s Church. Under the combined leadership of Alexandra Diaz and Fr. Cannon, the Engage FGCU Episcopal Campus Ministry is in the early stages of reforming at FGCU. This is an exciting time as Alexandra Diaz enters her senior year, continues her role as ministry intern and Student President of the Engage FGCU campus ministry and Fr. Cannon begins his tenure as the FGCU Episcopal Campus Ministry Advisor. Planning for the new academic year includes: • Vetting and integrating Fr. Cannon into the United Campus Ministries of FGCU. • Regular monthly meetings between the leaders of the student group, the Canon for Ministry Development and Fr. Cannon. • Regular monthly meetings with the United Campus Ministry of FGCU. • Creation of a website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to attract new students to the ministry. • Establishment of a weekly Thursday evening engagement Mercy in Mission:


gathering at the FGCU campus to include some form of Lectio Divina - Bible study, holy conversation, prayer, fellowship, and community service. • Explore and plan an event that will be social and service in nature to benefit high school aged teenagers with disabilities on or around Valentine’s Day 2016. • Identification of new leadership for the group, as the leader is graduating in May 2016. Challenges and opportunities for ministry center on these statistics: • The current generation of college students is the largest since the Baby Boom, but the lowest percentage to grow up in church. • Approximately 80 percent of college students have never had significant church experience. • More significant life choices (vocation, lifestyle, spirituality and relationships) are made during college than any other stage of life. • Ninety percent of students who have grown up in the church may never return after graduation. We ask your prayers as we begin an exciting academic year at FGCU – Go Eagles! The Rev. Charles Cannon, Chaplain Rector, St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church, Fort Myers

Chancellor’s Report During the year 2015, our Diocesan Community was blessed to have eight attorneys who continue to serve as a valuable resource to the Bishop, the Diocesan Staff, and our congregations. The Chancellor, working with a Vice Chancellor in each of our seven deaneries, collectively provide more than 260 years of legal experience; possess nine board certifications by the Florida Bar as specialists in their areas; and provide advice and counsel as board certified lawyers in wills, trusts and estates, city, county and local government, education, labor and employment, civil trial practice and business litigation. During 2015, more than 300 hours of service were provided to the Diocesan Community by these Chancellors. We owe these lawyers a debt of gratitude for their generosity, dedication, and availability. • Clearwater Deanery: John E. Slaughter, Jr., Esquire; E-Mail: jslaughter@richardsgilkey.com, Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates • Fort Myers Deanery: Robert P. Henderson, Esquire; E-Mail: r.page@roberthendersonlaw.com, • Manasota Deanery: Alan H. Prather, Esquire; E-Mail: ahp@phkhlaw.com , Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County and Local Government • Naples Deanery: Michael A. Durant, Esquire; E-Mail: mdurant@ccdlegal.com, Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate • St. Petersburg Deanery, Susan H. Churuti, Esquire; E-Mail: schuruti@bmolaw.com, Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County and Local Government • Venice Deanery, James D. Park, Esquire, E-Mail: jamesdparkpa@verizon.net • Tampa Deanery: Greg Hearing, Esquire; E-Mail: ghearing@tsg-law.com , Florida Bar Board Certified in Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, Civil Trial Law Healing a Hurting World

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Clergy Spouse Association The clergy spouses of this Diocese have been working as a caring community of those who share the same ministry. We all have the ministry to uphold our spouses as they work for the Church. We provide support and comfort for our sisters and brothers as we all travel a similar journey. At our annual convention luncheon we heard from Unidad “Ning” Bonoan who spoke about the ministry she shares with her husband and parish to stop human trafficking. We contributed to their efforts both by giving Ning an honorarium; then by passing the cup. At our Spring Gathering this past March we had the theme of “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength”. We started our gathering by enjoying a performance of “The Many Voices of Fr. Christian Villagomeza” that we shared with the clergy of the Diocese. Then we were treated to an afternoon at The Ringling Museum. As a group of clergy spouses we feel a kinship to each other and to the families in Seminary. At Advent we sent a little gift to each of our Seminarians and their families living away from home at school. We invite the seminary spouses to join us for our annual lunch and Spring Gathering. We welcome the newly ordained’s spouse at the time of Ordination. We are continuing our outreach ministry to other clergy families in the world by making and selling jewelry. Our outreach ministry is called “Hands helping Hands One Bead At A Time” and originated by one of our earlier members, Grace Thomas, who made paper beads and jewelry at Convention each year. We have established a “Sunshine Fund” in our budget this year. This will be used to send greetings and tokens of prayer to members as the needs arise. We are waiting to foster various Deanery events. We hope to encourage members to get together for different social functions to help foster a feeling of clergy family collegiality. Bonnie Jean Durning

Commission on Liturgy and Music The Commission on Liturgy and Music serves the Bishop and Diocese by planning and executing the liturgies for Diocesan Convention and other Diocesan liturgies as needed. Our goal is to provide well planned, beautiful liturgies to the glory of God, using the best resources our Diocese has to offer. The Very Reverend Fredrick A. Robinson

Commission on Ministry Together with parish communities, families, and the Bishop, the Commission on Ministry tries to prayerfully listen, guide, and support those in our Diocese who are discerning a call to lay or ordained ministry. It remains a blessing to be asked to walk this important spiritual, emotional, and physical journey with so many people. During the year 2014, the Commission had as its membership three lay people: Chuck Henry, Quincey Thoeni, and Gail Marsden; two deacons: The Rev. Keith Backhaus and The Rev. Mary Alice Lopez; and four presbyters: The Rev. Bill Burkett,

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The Rev. Chip Connelly, The Rev. Bryan O’Carroll, and The Rev. Ellen Sloan (Chair). The Rev. Fred Robinson served as Liaison to the Standing Committee, and Canon Michael Durning continues to be the COM’s liaison to the Diocese. The COM remains deeply grateful to Canon Durning and Tana Sembiante, without whom it could not do its important work. A major revision of the COM Manual was completed this year, with a new title “The Discernment Journey.” All Rectors, Vicars, and Priests-in-Charge were notified by email of its availability on the Diocesan website and also in hard copy via the Diocesan Office. We hope those feeling a call to ordained ministry, and those in discernment with them, will find the new manual helpful and instructive. The COM continues to hold Bishop’s Advisory Panels (BAP) in the Fall and in the Spring. The Fall BAP (2015) is scheduled for October 27 and participants ready for that phase of discernment will be notified by the COM, through Canon Durning. The day usually consists of Morning Prayer, a workshop on Spiritual Direction, morning and afternoon interviews with all those seeking Postulancy, and social time during breakfast and lunch. The COM also holds a Vocation Information Evening every year to assist people in discerning if they have a call to serve God in a new way, and how best to begin that journey forward. The evening has been called “A Sacred Time Between Times: Reflections and Discussion on Discerning God’s Call.”  It remains my hope that the COM can continue to listen deeply and well to those “still small voices” not only speaking to it, but also speaking to their congregations, to the Bishop, and to the significant people and family in their lives. Our goal is to work together to help people live into the fullness of their lives as baptized Christians. The Very Rev. Dr. Ellen M. Sloan

Companion Diocese The Companion Diocese programs for the Diocese of Southwest Florida had yet another busy year in 2015. The leaders of the various mission programs who make up the Companion Diocese Committee meet once a month from September through May at DaySpring. The many mission programs within the Diocese of Southwest Florida have continued to effect real change in our companion diocese of the Dominican Republic. More than 100 missionaries participated on various teams and thousands supported from across our Diocese. Here are a few of the highlights of the relational programs administered through our companion program. Tampa Deanery: The Tampa deanery sent three teams with 51 missionaries who returned to Santa Fe for the 4th consecutive year to complete work on the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) church, power wash and paint the vicarage, and work on the new Santa Cruz Vocational School being built by the Dominican Episcopal Church. Additionally for the first time the Tampa Deanery team hosted a VBS for 150 students from the Santa Cruz and nearby San Pedro Apostol primary schools. Clearwater Deanery: The Clearwater deanery sent one team with 12 missionaries to build a new kitchen and cafeteria at Jesus Peregrino School in Baharona. The team also worked at the neighboring La Redencion primary school repainting the common areas and classrooms. 40

Venice Deanery: The Venice project was to build a new kitchen and modify the parish hall to become the cafeteria at the Todos Los Santos School in La Romana. The Venice deanery supplied financial resources and was joined by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clearwater who sent a team of 6 missionaries to work with local workers and volunteers from the community. The team also repainted the sanctuary of the church. Naples Deanery: The Naples Deanery has continued to support the Buen Samaritano children’s shelter, providing lifesaving help to many children in Santiago. St. John’s Episcopal Church: (Naples) has continued to support the construction of the Iglesia Espiritu Consolador church in Dajabon. They also provided much needed surgery for a Louis Alfredo Blanco, a child with severely crossed eyes. The surgery went well and Louis is recovering well. Church of the Redeemer (Sarasota): Sent a 27-person team in June to Puerto Plata. They made much needed repairs to the Nino de Amor preschool and Iglesia Cristo Rey. They also held a VBS and worked on the construction of the new Iglesia San Simon Apostol in San Marcos. St. Peter’s Cathedral: St. Peter’s Cathedral sent one team which provided VBS for hundreds of children at Iglesia San Lucas, in Santiago and La Anunciacion in Tamboril. ECW of the Diocese of Southwest Florida: The Episcopal Church Women of our Diocese have continued to support the Santo Tomas children’s nutritional program. This program began as a Saturday morning Bible study for the children of the community, the local church women quickly realized that many of these children did not have food at home and began to cook a hot meal to go along with the Bible study. Over the years the program has expanded and now feeds over 95 children each Saturday. They have started a homework helper program for the children attending the local public schools. Each afternoon volunteer teachers come and tutor the children. The ECW also collected children’s undergarments at churches across the Diocese on designated “Undies Sundays”. The ECW also collects for scholarships for children attending Episcopal schools in the DR. Many individuals and churches have also contributed to children’s education by providing scholarships to attend the Episcopal schools in the DR and other mission programs operated in the Dominican Republic. We have also sent 2 containers full of donations from across the Diocese to assist our companion churches in the DR. Kathy Gilpin, Companion Diocese Committee Chair; Bill Kunkle, DDG Executive Director

Council on Deacons This past year the Council on Deacons focused on two areas. First, we received and evaluated the Episcopal Grant Applications and made recommendations to the Bishop and the Diocesan Council. The second area was establishing a database for continuing education for clergy in our Diocese. This list has been vetted and it is hoped to have it listed in our diocesan website. The Ven. Dennis McManis, Canon for Mission and Outreach

Cursillo The Cursillo community has had a quite a busy year, having completed two very successful weekends with another scheduled for October. The theme for the February weekend, led by Ray Mercy in Mission:


Stoll, was “In Christ all things are made new”. In May the second Hispanic Cursillo in our Diocese was led by Elber Alver. The theme for this weekend was “El Senor me hablo y me dijo” (The Lord spoke to me and told me);. Although our Hispanic Cursillo community is still in its infancy, it is growing steadily. The passion and energy seen in the praise and worship on this weekend was unbelievable! The theme for the upcoming weekend in October, led by Pat Magnant, will be “To love and to serve”. The Cursillo method is summed up in these words: “Make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ.” Cursillistas throughout our Diocese have been doing just that. Parishes that have been relatively inactive in Cursillo are getting involved again. Frequent parish, deanery, and diocesan Ultreyas keep the community involved and committed to our mission. Bev McMahon

Daughters of the King The Order of the Daughters of the King in the Diocese of Southwest Florida is composed of thirty-five active senior chapters with 607 members and one junior chapter. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. Our chapters regularly visit and offer prayers for the sick and shut-ins, participate in quiet days, healing services, host breakfasts, support women’s issues, as well as hold book and Bible studies. We support “Safe Passage,” a non-profit organization working in Guatemala City to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living in extreme poverty around the City’s garbage dump. We have pledged to continue financial support to the student we sponsor, until she graduates. The new officers who were elected and installed by Bishop Smith in November 2014 are: President-Dr. Vickie Stevens, Vice President-Susan Tharp, Corresponding Secretary- Wendy Smith, Recording secretary-Barbara Gingrich and Treasurer-Ellenor Moncrief. Daughters of the King SWFL was represented by Leila Mizer, president and incoming president, Vickie Stevens at the Kanuga Fall Assembly/Retreat and at the Province IV Assembly Committee Meeting, held in Mississippi, in January. SWFL Diocese was represented as well at the Triennial in Utah by Dr. Vickie Stevens, president and Wendy Smith, DOK corresponding secretary. The Daughters of the King hosted a Spring Retreat and a Fall Assembly at DaySpring to provide members an opportunity to get to know each other and to gain additional ideas and inspiration from guest speakers who support our commitment to prayer, service and evangelism. The President of the DOK, of our companion diocese in the Dominican Republic, Ysabel Lantigua, was a guest speaker at the 2014 fall assembly. The Daughters of the King Chapters in the Diocese of Southwest Florida are committed to the Lord, our parishes, the diocese and each other. Leila Mizer, Past President & Dr. Vickie Stevens, President

Diocesan Altar Guild The Diocesan Altar Guild exists to support our Bishop as well

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as individual churches in their liturgical worship. We are made up of representatives from each deanery and meet four times a year. Our diocesan newsletter, “The Altargram” is published quarterly and is sent to each church electronically. We also have a diocesan website where anyone may post photos of liturgical items that are available. No money changes hands and we are able to share many useful items. Many churches benefit from this central clearinghouse. We can also go to a church and help you decide what to do with things no longer needed. It is with great pleasure each year that we put together the Eucharist for the Convention. Usually we prepare for 500 people. At each convention we also feature our Free Market Exchange tables where many “treasures” are made available. Churches far and wide benefit from our efforts of good stewardship. Goods may be brought to Convention directly. We also serve at the services of Ordination and Confirmation held annually. At the Chrism Mass the Holy Oils are bottled and sent out to each church. We are often called upon to support smaller churches with training for their altar guilds as well as encouraging the newer Spanish congregations. Our resources are available to anyone. Sarah Hill, President

Diocesan School for Ministry Development The school continues to evolve in its efforts to improve the quality of the programs and experiences for the students. The students are those who have been made postulants for Holy Orders to the Diaconate. The school runs on a calendar year with three terms a year. The spring and fall terms of the first two years are focused on the academic proficiencies required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. The summer term is designed to provide Pastoral and Human Awareness training to meet the requirements of the church’s canons. Additionally, the school continues to work with the Council on Deacons to design continuing education programs for clergy. The. Ven. Dennis McManis, Dean

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The Diocesan Stewardship Committee offered their annual Diocesan Stewardship Workshop during the summer of 2015. The workshop was presented by The Rev. Canon Timothy M. Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Diocese of Arizona. He addressed such topics as: year round stewardship, relational stewardship, electronic giving, stewardship and the spiritual life, and how to talk about money. There was also a brief presentation on the God the Giver fall stewardship program sponsored by the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. “God the Giver” material is available at the TENS website. It is an improved version of last year’s “Walking the Way” material which was used by many congregations in the Diocese. The login information and password for TENS.org can be obtained by contacting The Rev. Chris Gray, Canon for Development. The committee worked with congregations throughout the Diocese in all areas of stewardship development and education, with over half of the diocesan congregations receiving stewardship assistance during the year. This past winter the Committee continued working closely with 41


the Diocesan staff to create and produce the Fifth Annual Bishop’s Appeal which was mailed to individual homes throughout the Diocese. We are grateful to all who participated in this labor of love as together we strive to fulfill one of Bishop Smith’s visions for the future of our Diocese. The proceeds from this Annual Appeal benefit the Episcopal Charities Endowment Fund and the DaySpring Endowment Fund. The Committee continued to collaborate with the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and CFO Anne Vickers to assist congregations with their Planned Giving needs through our parish-wide A-Teams. Our hope is to have an A-Team in every congregation to develop congregational based Planned Giving Programs. The Rev. Canon Chris Gray Canon for Stewardship and Pastoral Care

DaySpring Development Committee The year 2015 has been by design a year of future planning, interviewing and making key choices for the future development of DaySpring. Working with the Kaleidoscope development analysis from last year, we proceeded with phase 1of the development plan by locating and designing a new meeting/education/recreation building. This building will serve, for the time being, as a multi-purpose facility until the dioceseis in a position to construct the other buildings. The committee and diocesan staff all agreed that this building was priority one in terms of immediate needs for DaySpring. In order to help facilitate this process we hired Ron Ford as our Owners Representative who is very knowledgeable working with architects and contractors. Also with the help of Ron Ford, we issued RFP’s for an architect and contractor. There were several responses from each and ended with we three architect firms and three contractors to interview. After careful consideration of all candidates we submitted to Council for approval Fawley/Bryant as our architect and Willis Smith as contractor. We would expect construction to begin sometime in early 2016. Michael H Kline, Chairman

Disciplinary Board On behalf of the nine members of the Disciplinary Board, (The Rev. Roy Allison, The Rev. Dr. David Danner, Deacon Jane Kelly, The Rev. Dewey E. Brown. Jr., The Rev. Jo P. Popham, Susan Hookom, Dr. Virginia Harper, Allen Getz, and myself) I am pleased to report that all ecclesiastical discipline canonical requirements have been satisfied. The Disciplinary Board conducted an organizational meeting as required. During this meeting, as subsequently confirmed and approved by both the Standing Committee and the Bishop, John Goldsmith was again selected as the Church Attorney. Members of the Board felt that prior year’s instruction, the prior year’s actual experiences having to apply these, and their own reading gave them sufficient familiarity with the relatively new Title IV disciplinary procedures under which we operate as a Disciplinary Board instead of as an Ecclesiastical Court. Accordingly, we did not have a formal educational program about the new process and the role of each person in it. However, we did learn and very much appreciated the fact that the National Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Constitution and 42

Canons was proposing to the Salt Lake City General Convention both a national training process for interpretation and use of these procedures, as well as a panel of people throughout the country who could respond to numerous questions which can come up during a Title IV proceeding. Personally, I very much appreciate the latter since in past years when these came up I have had to contact Chancellors throughout the country and members of the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons for assistance. Until last year’s report, I was able to tell the Diocese that other than conducting an organizational meeting, the Disciplinary Board had not been required to consider any disciplinary proceedings. Unfortunately, we were not so fortunate last year, which (as noted in last year’s report), was a busier year than in the past, requiring all of the Board members to be actively involved. Just prior to the start of this year, one proceeding (which had necessitated our Diocese’s first involvement with a Conference Panel and the first time I had to appoint members to a Hearing Panel) was completed through a restriction on the exercise of ministry which the Bishop issued after consultation with the member of the clergy involved. Thankfully, this year we have returned to our past tradition. We had no matters referred to the Intake Officer, the Rev. Glad McCurtain, which required any action by the full Board. The Reference Panel (which consists of the Bishop, the Intake Officer, and the President of the Disciplinary Board) did have some meetings and phone conferences during the year in response to matters which had been submitted to the Intake Officer. In one proceeding (which had carried over from last year), the Intake Officer and the Bishop determined that the facts alleged would not constitute Title IV offenses, and thus the matter was dismissed. Another matter was the subject of factual investigation by the Intake Officer and currently is the subject of communications between the Bishop and the priest involved. Both the Bishop and members of the Disciplinary Board have identified several ambiguities with the new Title IV procedures, and while attending the recent General Convention in Salt Lake City as an Alternate Deputy, I raised those issues and questions with both members of the national Church’s Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons and with members of the General Convention’s Constitution and Canons Committee. Some, but not all of these, were included in changes to Title IV adopted at General Convention. Others were referred back to the Standing Commission for further study. I will be preparing a detailed report on these issues and changes for the members of the Disciplinary Board, and would be happy to share a copy with others in the Diocese if they contact me to request one. We pray that during the coming year we can continue with the practice of having only one meeting of the Board – our organizational meeting. I especially want to thank Glad McCurtain for her willingness to continue to serve as Intake Officer even after her retirement, and for her tireless efforts to keep in touch with the Board from wherever in the country she might be traveling. She has given this Board and the Diocese many years of dedicated service – for which we are eternally thankful. The terms of three Board members – the Rev. Roy Allison, Al Getz and Virginia Harper – expire this year. All have been busy members of the Board during their terms. All three are allowed to and have told me that they plan to run again. Roger D. Schwenke Disciplinary Board President

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The Dominican Development Group continues to work with the many mission programs within the Diocese of Southwest Florida. For additional information about these programs see the Companion Diocese Committee report. Overall the DDG has assisted more than 57 mission teams from 16 different dioceses in 2015. We are extremely grateful to the Diocese of Southwest Florida for the support it has given to the DDG since its inception in 1998, and to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Tampa for providing office space which has allowed for the continued growth of our ministry. Ministry Highlights: Please come learn more about these and other mission programs by visiting our booth at the ministry fair. Financials: In 2014 (through July) we received and transferred some $763,723 in support of the development and selfsustainability of the Dominican Episcopal Church. God is good and has blessed the DDG to be a channel for such generosity from our Diocese and the other companion dioceses. Compañeros Dominicanos, the bi-lingual newsletter publication, is distributed by e-mail and hard copy. The primary purpose of the newsletter is to outline the many activities and programs of the DDG, Companion Dioceses, deaneries and individual churches. Copies of the latest issue will be made available for the Diocesan Convention. Exploring Mission: The DDG organizes mission exploration trips in the spring and fall annually. This year’s trips travel east and west and will visit more than 26 missions from Jimani to La Romana. These teams are limited to 12 participants. If you are interested in learning more about our companion diocese contact Bill Kunkle at 813-400-2722. Education: The Dominican Episcopal Church has 28 schools providing quality education to more than 6000 students. This ministry is expanding into vocational training. The first vocational school located in Consuelo is complete and offering valuable training programs designed to provide students with the skills to gain employment in the local communities or to begin their own businesses. Two other vocational and technical schools are under construction in Santa Fe and San Marcos. Clean Water and Sanitary Latrine: The DDG working with the support of several other dioceses has launched a program to provide lifesaving clean water to our schools and the neighboring communities. Additionally, working in the rural communities where latrines are used by thousands of families, the DDG is working to provide “closed” sanitary systems designed to stop the spread of diseases caused by traditional open pit latrines. Solar Power Generation: The DDG working with partners in Delaware, Virginia, and South Carolina are installing solar power systems in Consuelo and Jalonga. The systems will provide a consistent source of electricity in these communities which typically only have power for 5-6 hours per day. Both systems will be used as teaching aides for students studying in the electrical classes provided at the vocational school in Consuelo. Bill Kunkle Executive Director

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations An integral part of living our baptismal covenant as a diocese is extending ourselves to reach others through our Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations in order to foster Christian unity and link arms to deal with social concerns that beset us. Our Diocese connects with the national interfaith circle and Healing a Hurting World

remains an active member of the Florida Council of Churches. We continue to participate in the ongoing dialogues on: Racism, Immigration, Ministry Against Human Trafficking, and most recently, the issue on “Health Care Expansion in Florida”. Some key participation of our diocese was as follows: January 13: Led the Ecumenical Candlelight Vigil for victims of human trafficking at the Church of the Holy Spirit, in Safety Harbor. This was co-sponsored by the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The speakers were Giselle Rodriguez, Outreach Coordinator for FCAHT and a “survivor”, who shared her plight and painful story. April 20: Represented our Diocese and joined 219 delegates coming from various churches and ecumenical associations, including representatives of 18 Episcopal dioceses, at the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity in Charlotte, North Carolina, with conference theme as “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”; and attended the anti-racism forum with the Episcopal Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers. June 1: Represented our Diocese (along with members of the Florida Council of Churches) to support the “Health Care Expansion” hearing at the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee. June 26: Attended the “Concordat Meeting” between The Episcopal Church and the Philippine Independent Church; and gave a presentation on the ministry against human trafficking to the gathering of youth delegates at General Convention in Salt Lake City. The Rev. Raynald S. Bonoan, Officer and Chair

Episcopal Church Women In November 2014, the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southwest Florida elected a new Board at their 2014 Annual Meeting at DaySpring and adopted our mission statement to “Make Christ known with love and compassion”. The Role of the ECW Diocesan Board is to: 1. Represent and build support for Episcopal Church Women and their ministries in every church in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. 2. Develop, support, and inspire women’s leadership at all levels: Branch; Diocese; Province IV; National, and 3. Model and share best practices in communication, programming, leadership, and governance. The Episcopal Church Women’s Board of the Diocese of Southwest Florida also represents and manages the following ministries: Church Periodical Club (CPC), Daughters of the King (DOK), Mission & Ministry, United Thank Offering (UTO), the Sara Howell Memorial Fund and encourages participation and support for DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center. Over the past three years as your ECW President-elect, I have witnessed Episcopal Church Women’s leadership, commitment to Christ, and dedication to their churches. For many women using their God-given gifts has been a lifelong process and for some the adventure has only begun, but our common thread continues… We are the women of the Episcopal Church joined together to do God’s work with love and compassion. Our vision for all women in the Diocese is that we become a vibrant blend of all ages coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the church. As your newly elected President of the Episcopal Church Women for the Diocese of Southwest Florida, I would like to tell you how much the Board and I look forward to the next three years as we worship and work together in our churches and beyond, serving and trusting and thanking Jesus for His Presence 43


Connect for Mission Here, Karen Carroll and Bill Kunkle of Dominican Development Group. The exhibits are an excellent way to connect with mission opportunities within and outside the Diocese. and Peace in our world today.

Lana J. Fitzgerald, President

Episcopal Relief and Development What does it mean to be 75 years old? Much depends on perspective. This is the 75th anniversary of Episcopal Relief and Development. While it is not a person, it is a living entity in many ways. It is Episcopalians reaching out to help others in need, whether it be from a natural or man-made disaster, or raising dignity or a standard of living. “Healing a Hurting World,” is what we do. While every year, day, minute is important, it is nice to celebrate milestones. We are a diamond in the world, something of great value. Episcopal Relief & Development has helped refugees, educated men, women and children, taught and provided health care and awareness for preventing illness, and worked with communities to provide sustainable food sources. We couldn’t have done it without you - together, we have achieved amazing things. We invite you to join us in celebrating 75 years of healing a hurting world. Instead of just wishing someone a blessed day, you can give them one. Maureen Belote and Jody Tiffany, Co-Chairs

Education for Ministry Education for Ministry began in our diocese in 1987. We are a sponsoring diocese, which means that our students receive a $110 discount on tuition each year. This program continues to be a source of education, theology, and individual development for many in the diocese. Some graduates have continued into ordination paths, but many more find their ministry developed for service within their churches and communities. EfM has been described by some as ‘just another Bible study,’ but those who take part in the four-year study – one year at a time – know it to be much more. There is Bible study, yes. The first two years consist of studies of the Hebrew Scriptures (Year 1) and the Christian Scriptures (Year 2). Then Church History (Year 3) and Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounters (Year 4) are covered. Along with reading and discussion, theological reflection takes place, and for most, this becomes the most important part of the 44

session each week. During the 2015-2016 EfM year, there are 9 groups meeting in the diocese, with 15 mentors and co-mentors. In addition to the face-to-face groups, we have students participating in online groups. Online Education for Ministry is a growing part of the program. EfM mentor training events are offered here at least once a year and attract mentors from various dioceses. The 2016 EfM mentor training is scheduled for May 19-21, 2016 at DaySpring. Training of new mentors and regular in-service training for current mentors maintains the quality of the EfM program and assures students that mentors are well-prepared and able to effectively facilitate an EfM group. If you have interest in and/or questions about this intense yet rewarding program, please contact Martha Goodwill at (941)556315 or at mgoodwill@episcopalswfl.org. Martha Goodwill, Diocesan Coordinator

Endowment Fund Board The Endowment Board has continued to oversee growth in our endowment funds from both receipts of new deposits to the fund and solid earnings and growth from investment results. Since the inception of the Endowment Board we have had net income and growth from investment results of $2,225,000 plus new deposits of $5,035,000. From these assets the funds have distributed a cumulative $3,200,000 to the diocesan programs and parishes participating in the endowment through the Diocesan Endowment Management Program (DEMP). Starting from one parish and $55,000, the program now has participation from 15 parishes and cumulative assets of more than $660,000. This shows how much such a program was needed for small and startup parish endowments. These parishes get the ability to have their smaller endowments managed professionally for a cost of less than 3/4 of one percent, something they could not achieve on a standalone basis. “A Team” events continue to attract interest with programs on establishing and maintaining an endowment along with programs on growing an endowment. Members of the Endowment Board and other “A Team” members are available for consultation with your endowment committee or individual parishioners to assist churches in growing and managing their endowment. For the 2016 year, the Endowment Board has adopted a spending rule payout percentage of 4.5%. This is determined based on a twelve quarter rolling average of endowment balances which provides for counter cyclical results in times of growing balances and helps to smooth the distributions over time while protecting the principal. Rusty Whitley, Chair

Finance Committee The Diocesan Finance Committee is a canonically mandated committee of Diocesan Council. It acts as the first fiduciary filter for all financial issues in the life of the Diocese. The Committee reviews and analyzes financial information and when appropriate recommends action to the Diocesan Council who is the final fiduciary body for the Diocese. The Finance Committee works hand in hand with the chief financial officer of the Diocese. In 2015, the Finance Committee: • Provided an ongoing monthly review of all of the Diocese’s financial issues • Reviewed the DaySpring Conference Center finances at every meeting. • Reviewed and recommended the yearly compensation package Mercy in Mission:


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for the Bishop. Proposed and approved a fourth consecutive year of the incentive program to parishes that paid their Diocesan assessment on time. Worked with parishes to achieve timely financial reporting and then providing a financial snapshot with information provided. Continued to approve loans to various parishes through our Revolving Loan Fund. Supervised Diocesan investments through the Endowment Fund Board Sub-Committee and provided individual parishes to invest in that Fund. The Rev. Joel Morsch, Chairman

General Convention Deputation Report The Diocese of Southwest Florida deputation attended the 78th General Convention and preliminary meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 23 to July 3, 2015. General Convention, the ruling body of The Episcopal Church, meets every three years. It is comprised of a House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Each diocese of The Episcopal Church sends a deputation to Convention. Most deputations are comprised of four lay deputies, four clergy deputies plus one clergy alternate and one lay alternate (see below). Legislative Committees are part of the General Convention and they review, revise, and forward resolutions to the Houses. Five of our diocesan Deputies served on General Convention Legislative Committees (Robbins-Penniman, 03 Rules of Order; James, 08 Social Justice and National Policy; Kline, 14 Stewardship; Scharf, 18 Credentials; and Olivero, 19 Confirmation of the Election of the Presiding Bishop; and two served on the new Resolutions Review Committee (Durning and Schwenke). A highlight of this year’s General Convention included the election of The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, as the next Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. (Our own Bishop Dabney Smith was also a candidate for this position and came in second.) Bishop Curry will become the first African American Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Two major topics during the Convention that generated great interest included structural reorganization of the Church and same-sex marriage and blessings. Our church addressed how it could become leaner and dedicate itself even more to the work of mission. The Convention passed resolutions examining the role of Provinces and eliminating or revisiting most standing committees and councils, agencies and boards (CCAB’s) (A006). On the issue of same-sex marriage, the Convention continued to recognize the right of Bishops and priests not to perform same-sex marriages but also approved and provided liturgical options for those Bishops, Dioceses, and priests who do choose to perform same-sex marriages beginning with the First Sunday of Advent 2015 (A036). Sensitive to this critical time in the history our country and the need for us to find more forthright ways to address race, the Convention also passed several resolutions related to racial understanding, racial justice, immigration, human rights, and criminal justice reform. A full listing of resolutions passed, including the budget for the triennium (A197), are available on the General Convention of The Episcopal Church webpage. Note that several of these resolutions request or direct individuals, parishes and/or dioceses to act. Other election results of particular interest to our Diocese include Bishop Smith being elected to serve on the Executive Council and Canon Anne Vickers being elected to serve as a Trustee on the Church Pension Fund Board. Deputies will present a fuller report and discussion on the 78th General Convention during the Deputation workshop at Diocesan Convention. Healing a Hurting World

Lay Deputies: Dr. Navita Cummings James, Chair and Lay 1; Mr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Lay 2; Ms. Sheree Graves, Lay 3; Mrs. Joan Kline, Lay 4 Clergy Deputies: The Rev. Canon Michael Durning, Clergy 1 ; The Rev. Very Rev Douglas Sharf, Clergy 2; The Rev. Very Rev. Cesar Olivero, Clergy 3; The Very Rev. Becky Robbins-Penniman, Clergy 4 Alternates: Mr. Roger Schwenke, Esq., lst Lay Alternate; The Rev. Roy Tuff, 1st Clergy Alternate; Ms. Karen Patterson, 2nd Lay Alternate Navita Cummings James, Ph.D., Deputation Chair

Latino Ministries The Latino population continues its rapid growth in our Diocese and presents wonderful opportunities to establish Spanish speaking communities of worship throughout our Diocese. This past year saw us add three new congregations; today we now have eight Latino communities of worship (Redeemer, Sarasota; St. Francis, Tampa; St. Giles, Pinellas Park; St. Edmund’s, Arcadia; Christ Church, Bradenton; St. Mary’s, Palmetto; St. Monica’s, Naples; and St. Andrew’s, Spring Hill). The Latino Ministries Committee meets regularly to analyze how our growth strategies are performing and to share our successes and challenges to help our current congregations and those churches that are interested in starting a Latino worshiping community. We have also developed demographic profiles for every church in our Diocese to assist churches that may want to investigate their community’s potential. The Ven. Dennis McManis, Canon for Mission and Outreach

Safe Church The Safe Church Committee has not formally met as a group this year. However, we have been represented by the various teachings of misconduct prevention and abuse prevention offered by our Safe Church Trainers. Canon Durning and I with Deacon Mike Sircy’s help rewrote an introductory piece to the platform training course “It All Begins With A Promise”. Iwas asked to join the faculty of the Diocesan School for Ministry this last January to offer a one day course on Ministering to the Victims of Abuse in the Church Setting and offering any additional prevention and reporting materials to help fulfill the new requirements laid out by the Canons of the Episcopal Church in Title III Canon 6. I personally have attended a few webinars put on by Prasidium and Church Pension Group on various Safe Church topics. We are looking forward to reviewing the new materials that is coming out by Preasidium. They will be unfolding more materials to cover such preventions as bullying, elder abuse, and others. Bonnie Jean M. Durning

Sewanee, University of the South The University of the South is home to an outstanding liberal arts college, a School of Letters, and a School of Theology. Located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn., Sewanee’s 13,000-acre campus, the second largest campus in the United States, provides vast opportunities for research, recreation, and reflection. Within the traditionally strong curriculum of humanities, sciences, and graduate theological studies, Sewanee faculty members promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, and hands-on research. 45


The University’s Board of Trustees is composed of the bishops of the 28 owning dioceses, together with clerical and lay representatives elected by each diocese and representatives of other University constituencies. The Board of Regents, to which the Board of Trustees delegates some of its responsibilities for governance, is composed of Episcopal bishops, priests, and lay people, and may include a limited number of members of other Christian bodies. The chancellor of the University, elected by the Board of Trustees, is a bishop from one of the 28 owning dioceses. The University of the South is an institution of the Episcopal Church dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in close community and in full freedom of inquiry, and enlightened by Christian faith in the Anglican tradition, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds, to the end that students be prepared to search for truth, seek justice, preserve liberty under law, and serve God and humanity. The University was founded by church leaders from the southeastern United States in 1857 and is the only university in the nation that is owned and governed by dioceses of The Episcopal Church, specifically the 28 dioceses that are successors to the original founding dioceses. The historic ownership and governance of the University by these Episcopal dioceses has produced a living synergy of leadership, resource, and mutual support, enriching the Church and advancing the University’s role in American higher education. Statistics: School of Theology students: 157 (includes summer students); School of Theology full-time tuition and fees: $16,748; School of Theology faculty: Full-Time: 12, Part-Time: 9; Student/ faculty ratio: 7/1; Fiscal Year July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015 (unaudited) revenue: $66 million; Endowment: $350 million College of Arts & Sciences: Enrollment from the Diocese of Southwest Florida: 13 students total (7 report Episcopal heritage); Financial aid awarded to all college students from the Diocese of Southwest Florida: $115,230 The School of Theology: Enrollment from the Diocese of Southwest Florida: 0 students total (0 in the summer Advanced Degrees Program); Education for Ministry Groups: 7, EfM Diocesan Coordinator: Ms. Martha Elizabeth Goodwill; Support Received from the Diocese of Southwest Florida: $5,075; Support Received from the Diocese of Southwest Florida churches: $0 2014–15 News Highlights: MacSwain Contributes to Discussion on Art & Theological Education; Nov. 13, 2014; The School of Theology Makes Fourth Trip to Cuba; Jan. 21, 2015; School of Theology Named to Seminaries that Change the World; Feb. 24, 2015; The School of Theology Confers Degrees; May 11, 2015; Gift to University Supports School of Theology’s Vision; June 8, 2015; Board of Regents Approves School of Theology Move Back to Central Campus; June 18, 2015; Owning Diocesan Bishop Elected to be 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; June 27, 2015; Education for Ministry Celebrates 40th Anniversary; June 30, 2015 Greg Hearing, Trustee

Standing Committee At the 2014 Convention of the Diocese of Southwest Florida held at the Charlotte County Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, the following persons were elected to serve as members of the Standing Committee: the Rev. Chip Connelly, the Rev. Lance Wallace, and Mr. Dominick Maldonado. The Standing Committee has many important functions, but serves primarily as a council of advice for the Bishop; we serve as a sounding board for any topic or issue the Bishop would like to address. During the past year, the Standing Committee worked closely with Bishop 46

Smith as he prepared for the triennial General Convention and the election of our new Presiding Bishop. Our own Bishop Smith was one of four nominees who stood for election for the office of Presiding Bishop. The Standing Committee also works closely with the diocesan Commission on Ministry in working with those members of our diocesan community who are seeking holy orders. We also have important work related to the governance of the wider church, such as giving consent when any diocese elects a new bishop. Finally, the Standing Committee is legally required to approve decisions about clergy leaving the Episcopal Church and other matters related to church property and finances. This brief description provides an overview of the general duties of the Standing Committee; however, pursuant to the canons, a majority of the specific work of the committee is ultimately required to be confidential and is therefore not reported. The members of the Standing Committee approach our work prayerfully and thoughtfully as we seek to support our Bishop and the wider ministry of our diocesan community. Please keep the work of the Standing Committee in your prayers as we reach out to bring healing and reconciliation to a divided and hurting world. Current Committee Members: The Very Rev. Douglas F. Scharf, President; Kevin Fitzgerald, Vice President; The Rev. Cesar Olivero, Secretary; The Very Rev. Fred Robinson; The Rev. Chip Connelly; The Rev. Lance Wallace; Glenna Hileman, Wayne Ford, and Dominick Maldonado. The Very Rev. Douglas F. Scharf

Recovery Ministries It is with great joy that I once again report for the Recovery Ministry Committee of this wonderful Diocese. Without your support the work of our committee would be unable to continue, for on our own we are powerless. Primarily, the work that we do is to provide four retreats which are held at beautiful Dayspring. Each retreat is based upon three of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We begin on a Friday evening with dinner and then proceed to the “Real Meal”, a 12-Step Rite 2 Eucharist in the St. Thomas Chapel. Afterward there is a presentation that explains one step in great but pragmatic detail. We then break into small group meetings in which we share our personal experience of that particular step. This continues until lunch on Sunday. While this process may seem busy, it is not, because authentic spirituality is both timeless and a matter of “emptying the head and filling the heart”.  The majority of those attending these retreats are men and women who are new to recovery. They typically come from homeless shelters and residential facilities and do not yet know how much the Lord loves them. The generosity of this Diocese makes this happen, so it is with a Radical Attitude of Gratitude that this report is submitted. The Rev. Dr. John A. Lindell

Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry is the catalyst that brings all women and their ministries together in the Diocese of Southwest Florida. We are committed to act as Christ’s hands and feet by supporting one another in our faith journey and as we minister to others in new and innovative ways to worship Christ, to serve, and to support our churches and God’s Kingdom. We come in all sizes, shapes, and ages and we are passionate and support different ministries, but we have one common thread; we are committed to living out the Gospel. The vision for Women’s Ministry is to mobilize women to live into Mercy in Mission:


their baptismal covenant through women’s lay leadership in our Diocese. The vision is to honor all women and their ministry in our oneness. By honoring one another we honor God. As we embark upon another year together may we be filled with spiritual music, enlightened messages, and break bread together joyfully; may we experience a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible—and “all things” means that nothing is left out. Miracles happen when we think and act as God does. May you find God’s peace in your world today and share it. Lana Fitzgerald, Chair Women’s Ministry

Youth and Family Ministries

Bishop Dabney T. Smith Diocesan House Diocese of Southwest Florida DaySpring Episcopal Center 8005 25th St. East Parrish, FL 34219 episcopalswfl.org

Bishops’ Administrative Assistant:

Ms. Jan Nothum - Ext. 986 Cell: 941-306-9582 / jnothum@episcopalswfl.org

Canon to the Ordinary/ Deployment Officer:

The Rev. Canon Michael P. Durning - Ext. 984 Cell: 941- 993-3101 / mdurning@episcopalswfl.org

2015 is a new and exciting year in youth ministry building on the great work Administrative Assistant Mrs. Tana Sembiante - Ext. 983 to Canon Durning: tsembiante@episcopalswfl.org of Michelle Ortiz, the Diocesan Youth Council, and many other adult and youth Canon for Mission & The Ven. Canon Dennis R. McManis - Ext. 976 leaders. The major shift is to a new full-time School for Ministry: Cell: 941- 373-5656 / dmcmanis@episcopalswfl.org position for program and youth which Canon for Stewardship The Rev. Canon Christopher N. Gray began in January. The focus of this ministry and Pastoral Care: Cell: 941-321-0249 / cgray@episcopaswfl.org is fourfold: To help each congregation build a strong youth presence; To continue to Canon for Ministry The Rev. Eric S. Cooter – Ext. 978 support and promote New Beginnings, Development: Cell: 941-548-6027 / ecooter@episcopalswfl.org Happening and other Diocesan youth Canon for Program The Rev. Dr. John Palarine – Ext. 989 events; To raise up diocesan leadership of & Youth Cell: 941-807-9906 / jpalarine@episcopalswfl.org youth and adults; To enlarge and enhance the camp program. Administrative Assistant Mrs. Michelle Mercurio - Ext. 977 We are off to a great start with a New Youth/School For Ministry: mmercurio@episcopalswfl.org Beginnings in February which was well Canon for Finance and Canon Anne Vickers, CFA - Ext.982 attended and life changing for many, and Administration/CFO: Cell: 813-760-4630 / avickers@episcopalswfl.org another one scheduled for November; a powerful Happening weekend in the spring Director Communications: Mr. Garland Pollard – Ext. 979 followed by a Happening leadership retreat Cell: 941-981-2320 / gpollard@episcopalswfl.org scheduled in November. The Diocesan Parish Admin. Resource: Ms. Martha Goodwill - Ext. 980 Youth Council has been restructured and Cell: 941-323-7912 / mgoodwill@episcopalswfl.org now called the Diocesan Youth Leadership Team consisting of 32 youth and adults Bookkeeper: Mrs. Barbara Leonard - Ext. 981 bleonard@episcopalswfl.org from around the Diocese. This group has met twice to help direct and lead the youth Receptionist: Ms. Marilyn Erfourth - Ext. 987 programs in the Diocese. merfourth@episcopalswfl.org There is a new focus on helping each congregation build a strong youth ministry Exec. Director, DaySpring Ms. Carla Odell Episcopal Center: Cell: 941- 776-1018 / carlajj@yahoo.com or support the local ministry in whatever way possible. Visioning sessions for this purpose were held in three different locations in with a talented group of counselors and staff. Weeks five and six the Diocese and youth leader gatherings have taken place for further featured a new mission week and leadership camp. The numbers for conversation and support. these were smaller but much was accomplished in these new ventures. DaySpring summer camp was expanded this year to a six week The Acolyte Festival at the Cathedral is scheduled again for format. Week four (the second elementary camp) had to be cancelled September and was a great success last year. for lack of registration and was replaced with additional counselor Youth ministry is alive and well in the Diocese and in congregations training. The first three weeks were elementary, middle school and thanks to the desire and commitment of many to lift up the gifts of senior high. Weeks two and three had great attendance. The program time and depth was expanded and many people worked to provide the young people. The Rev. Dr. John Palarine best camp experience possible. Canon for Program and Youth Katie Arp was the Camp Director and did an excellent job along Healing a Hurting World

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