Church-wide Canons

Canons are the written rules that provide a code of laws for the governance of the church. The canons of the Episcopal Church are enacted by the General Convention.

Canons of the Episcopal Church may only be enacted, amended, or repealed by concurrent resolution of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops at General Convention.

The canons of the Episcopal Church are organized by titles or sections concerning Organization and Administration, Worship, Ministry, Ecclesiastical Discipline, and General Provisions.

DOWNLOAD the Episcopal Church Canons 2022

Diocesan Constitution and Canons

The diocesan constitution as approved in Diocesan Convention in November 2016, and Canons and Rules of Order revised in November 2022 are downloadable here: Diocesan Constitution and Canons. The diocesan canons outline the governing structure of the diocese and how its annual convention and other business shall be conducted, and are binding on all clergy, vestries and parishes of the diocese.