The Title IV Task Force II has proposed a complete revision of Title IV, the main clergy-discipline canons. The group also proposes adding to Canon 17 of Title I a process for disciplining lay leaders and a procedure for dealing with impaired clergy to the Title III ministry canons.
The release of the documents opens a comment period that runs until the end of June.
The task force’s proposed revision is available here.
The current version of Title IV is available here.
The proposed revision of Canon I.17.8 to set up a process for disciplining lay leaders is available here.
The proposal to add a new canon concerning impairment of clergy to Title III is available here.
Each document includes instructions on how to file comments on the drafts.
“We want to be as fully out there to the wider church as we can get with opportunity for people to read all three documents, to respond to us with their comments, concerns, criticisms, suggestions,” said Steve Hutchinson, who chairs the current task force.
Hutchinson, chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah who was a member of the first task force, said the current task force will meet in September to synthesize the responses into a proposal to include in its Blue Book report for the 76th General Convention.