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The Council of Advice

The Council of Advice

Most recent Notes from The Council

The Council of Advice met via Zoom call on 15 November 2021.

Agenda topics and discussions included:

  • A brief greeting as this was the first meeting of the Council after Convention.
  • Context recognized as an inflection point in the life of the Convocation and of the Council, with a need to reflect on what God is calling us to do.
  • Particular focus on the leadership role of Council, both spiritual and administrative, lay and clergy working in partnership with the bishop.
  • Attention placed on modus operandi including agreement on framework of meetings for the year ahead.
  • Focus on establishing liaisons to parishes, missions, ministry initiative teams, and the commissions and committees of the Convocation.
  • Unpacking Convention 2021. While awaiting feedback from the post-Convention survey, brief discussion held on Convention highlights; support for the idea of a Convention planning group as a standing body including host parish/mission direct involvement.

The Council of Advice will next convene virtually on 8 December 2021.

What is the Council of Advice?

The Council of Advice is a canonical committee that advises the Bishop in Charge in carrying out those responsibilities in the Convocation. 

The Convocation's canons call specifically for a “Council of Advice” to be elected at the Convocation's annual Convention. The Council consists of four clergy canonically resident in the Convocation and four laity who are active members of one of the Convocation's parishes or missions. Both clergy and laity are elected for a two-year term, or for the remainder of a resigned member's two-year term. Council members are eligible for one re-election. Members must first stand down for at least one year before seeking re-election. At the first meeting of a new Council, the members elect a Council President and the Council’s Recording Secretary. 

What does the Council of Advice do?

The Council of Advice is responsible to:

  1. advise and support the Bishop on all important matters of policy.
  2. care for the Bishop and hold them accountable for total health.
  3. prepare the annual budget for the Convocation, and oversee expenditures.
  4. raise funds.
  5. award grants.
  6. serve as voice and ears of the Convocation.
  7. represent the Convocation on the parish level.
  8. represent the members of the Convocation in our meetings.
  9. pray for the Convocation.
  10. seek God's will and mission in all that we do.

Although The Convocation is not a diocese, as a practical matter, it does function much like one. The Council fulfills some of the functions ordinarily assigned to a diocesan 'Standing Committee,' as described in the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church. 

The Council also:

  • gives consent to the election and consecration of Episcopal bishops.
  • certifies that candidates have met all canonical requirements for ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood.
  • gives permission with the Bishop for congregations to take on debt and sell property.
  • approves changes to congregational bylaws and statutes. 

The Rules of Order of the Council of Advice may be found here.

Current Council of Advice Members

Mr. David Case


Church of the Ascension
Munich, Germany

Liaison to: COMC

The Rev. Michael Rusk

Rector, Emmanuel Church
Geneva, Switzerland

Liaison to: Climate & Creation Care, EICS,
Munich, Santa Maria, 

Ms. Lois Stuckenbruck

Council Member

Church of the Ascension
Munich, Germany

Liaison to: Beloved Community, COMB, Augsburg,
Nuremberg, Thuringia, 

Ms. Debbie Groby

Council Member

Emmanuel Church
Geneva, Switzerland

Liaison to: Charleroi, Namur, Mons, MFER- Paris, 

The Rev. Sunny Hallanan

Council Member

Rector, All Saints
Waterloo, Belgium

Liaison to: Safeguarding, Karlsruhe, St. Paul's-Rome

The Rev. Richard Easterling

Council Recording Secretary

Priest in Charge, St. James
Florence, Italy

Liaison to: Migrants & Refugees, Frankfurt

The Rev. Mary E. Haddad

Council Member

Paris, France

Liaison to: Mühlbach, Waterloo, Children & Youth,
Clermont-Ferrand, Tbilisi

Mr. Vincenzo Racana

Council Member

St. Paul's Within the Walls
Rome, Italy

Liaison to: Cathedral-Paris, Wiesbaden,
San Pablo-Rome, Florence, Geneva

Convocation Officers reporting to the
Bishop and  Council of Advice

Staff Support to Council

Mr. Denis Le Moullac
Treasurer of the Convocation

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Paris, France
Resident in Strasbourg

The Rev. Deacon Richard Cole
Secretary of Convention

Deacon, Emmanuel Church
Geneva, Switzerland


Mrs. Helena Mbele-Mbong
Assistant Treasurer of the Convocation

Emmanuel Church
Geneva, Switzerland

Mme. Sophie Plé
Canon for Administration

Convocation Office
Paris, France

The Ven. Walter Baer

Convocation Office
Paris, France


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Report Archive, 2020-2021

Council of Advice Report - November 2021
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Council of Advice Report - June 2020
Council of Advice Report - January 2020