[Episcopal News Service] Diane Pollard, the chair of the Episcopal Church’s Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance posted the following announcement on the committee’s blog June 24.
“During the past three months, members of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance have been attending provincial synod meetings in order to present the Draft Budget of the Executive Council. During our presentations we announced the process for conducting hearings at the General Convention. We indicated that two of the three hearings would be conducted in a conversational form — with individuals seated at round tables and engaging in conversation with members of the PB&F committee. At a recent provincial synod meeting concerns were voiced questioning if this form would satisfy the definition of an open hearing. We have looked into this and decided that all three of the hearings [scheduled for 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. July 4, and 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. July 6 and 7] will be conducted in the form of individual testimony.
“We appreciate the input that has caused us to decide on this change in our process. We hope that all who plan to attend the hearings will come prepared with statements that are clear and concise. Because of time constraints, we anticipate limiting individual comments to two minutes. I look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis.”