The Constitution of the Episcopal Church requires every diocese to have a Standing Committee. Generally, in addition to other canonical functions, the Committee approves ordinations of clergy, consents to elections of Bishops, approves or disapproves actions of the Bishop as defined in the canons, and is the ecclesiastic authority in the diocese when there is an absence of a Bishop. The Bishop is not a member of the Committee, but often seeks the committee’s advice.
The Diocesan Council:
Canon 22 of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah defines the powers and duties of the Diocesan Council. CLICK HERE to view Canon 22. Generally, the duties and powers include monitoring and approving the annual budget of the Diocese, advising the Bishop on financial issues, overseeing Diocesan programs, strategic planning and advising the Bishop. The Council also has an Executive Committee that assists the Committee as a whole. The Bishop is is the President of the Council and usually presides at the DC meetings.