UPDATE: Links to the Standing Committees of most dioceses in Province I, Province II, Province III, Province IV, Province V, Province VI, and Province VII are now provided in the comments section. Links to the Standing Committees of some other dioceses are also provided. 30-40 web links are below!
FINAL NOTE: Sometime around 10:30 a.m. EST today [Friday] we will be posting two separate posts. The first will list all the links for Standing Committees—with related notes—for Provinces I, II, III, and IV. The second will list all the links for Standing Committees—with related notes—for the remaining Provinces. That will allow people to see the contact information that has been gathered below in the comments in the actual post, organized by Province. Hopefully, in these final four days of opportunity, people will find this helpful as they seek to contact their diocese’s Standing Committee.
TECHNICAL NOTE: Unfortunately, email addresses are inaccurate due to a bug in the blog software. Web links are accurate—but repeat, email links are not accurate and should not be used any longer. The only exception to this rule is if a person has spelled out the email address as in “caclark [at] uplogon [dot] com”. Neither Technical Support nor Greg [who is better than technical support] has been able to discern the reason for the issue of the email links.
NOTE ON FINDING CONTACT INFO: If you have the names of the members of the Standing Committee of your diocese but no contact information, you may find the contact information of the clergy at this website: http://www.ecdplus.org/. From that website the best way to email the clergy is to surf directly to their parish website, which often includes email contact information for priests.
To find mailing address information for laypeople, you can use http://www.411.com/ as long as you have the city and state and name.
NOTE ON MEDIA STORIES FOR YOUR DIOCESE: If you are in a diocese whose Standing Committee has not consented to the election of Mark Lawrence, then your diocese is a part of a national, historic, Episcopal decision. It will be the first time in 50 years that an elected bishop has not received consent. It might be a good idea to send a story idea to your larger regional newspapers. For those of you who are intrigued by this idea, you would first need to find the websites of the top three largest newspapers in your state.
Surf here to find the web sites to all the major newspapers in your state: http://www.usnpl.com/
Simply choose the newspapers in the three largest cities in your state—preferably one or two in your diocese (if there is more than one diocese in a state), surf to the newspaper web site, and look up their staff.
You’d want to send emails to the managing, executive, or other editors of the newspapers—and the Religion Writer if the newspaper has one. Almost all have their email addresses listed at their newspaper website.
Your emails should be simply story idea emails, pointing out that a big news story is about to happen in the Episcopal church. For the first time in 50 years, a bishop looks unlikely to gain consent from a majority of Standing Committees of dioceses. Then point out that your diocesan Standing Committee has not consented to this bishop—but that the diocese did (IF they did) consent to the election of Gene Robinson. So there is strong REGIONAL INTEREST in this story. (Find out if your deputation to General Convention 2003 consented to the election of Gene Robinson at this web site:
Make it courteous, factual, and brief.
NOTE ON IDEAS FOR LETTERS AND EMAILS: If you are looking for insight and ideas, pay heed to this excellent letter from one parishioner to his diocesan Standing Committee:
More ideas may be found in this blog article by Episcopal priest Tony Clavier:
The deadline for consents is March 12.
This thread will remain open and near the top of the list for the remainder of the week.
I have compared the list of those 46 dioceses whose Standing Committees have given consent to Mark Lawrence as bishop of South Carolina (he has already received the necessary majority of consents from the bishops) with the total dioceses in the Episcopal church. Below is the list of those dioceses whose Standing Committees have NOT given consent to his election.
Nearly every diocese lists the Standing Committee with contact lists on its own website.
Would those of you who are Episcopal members of any of these dioceses be willing to do three things:
1) Find the page of your diocesan web site that lists the members of the Standing Committee and post the link to that specific page in the comments section so that other members of your diocese may see the list.
2) Compose and send an email to each member of your standing committee (or of course a letter) to register your desire that they consent to the election of Mark Lawrence.
3) Return to this thread and let us know that you have sent such a communication.
I understand if you do not have the time. But I think it is important for Standing Committees to hear from members of their diocese—even if the diocese is very revisionist. I just think it is important.
Below is the list of dioceses which have NOT given consent through their Standing Committees. The Diocese of South Carolina needs to receive 10 more Standing Committee consents.
Central New York
Western New York
Western North Carolina
El Camino Real