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Bishops Suffragan for Special Ministry Areas

Includes records of bishops suffragan and assisting and their offices, which are authorized to engage in such jurisdictional areas as the Pastoral Care and Oversight of Bishops, Chaplaincy Endorsement and Oversight, the charge of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and similar non-geographical Episcopal authorities and jurisdictions.

Official Acts of the Presiding Bishop

Pastoral records relating to the House of Bishops, diocesan visitations, ongoing episcopal relationships with active and retired bishops, participation in governance bodies, pastoral letters and official communications; formal addresses and sermons; may include the Council of Advice; also includes confidential communications and records of the Ecclesiastical Discipline process, such as official inquiries, charges, proceedings, and accords and orders; also confidential incident or case files of in the oversight of bishops, employees, diocesan entities, and similar bodies.

Administration

Records created in the conduct of official business by the Presiding Bishop or his/her office assistants, administrative and program canons, and other agents acting on the primate's behalf. May include events, special program records, employee management, activities of representatives to ecumenical bodies, other Episcopal agencies, projects, outside activities and networks, name correspondence, and miscellany; also includes confidential correspondence and other records of the Presiding Bishop's Chancellor.

Governing Bodies of General Convention

Records of official canonical standing committees and commissions, boards, joint house committees, task groups, and similar authorized ad hoc bodies acting in the interim and at the direction of the General Convention; may include records either generated directly by the interim body or collected as part of the central files of the Secretariat. The category does not include the separate category of Executive Council, which also acts as the board of directors for the DFMS and may act in the place of (rather at the direction of) the General Convention.

House of Deputies

Official Papers of the President's office, the Secretary of the House, committees of the House (e.g. the State of the Church), publications and communications generated by and within the House not pertaining directly to the triennial session.

General Convention Sessions

Records and official papers of the legislative sessions in joint gathering, including the legislative and special committee records (minutes, documents and other papers, including sanctioned audio, video, and electronic recordings of the proceedings.

Records of the Executive Office

Includes records generated by the Secretary, the Treasurer of General Convention (if separate person), the Executive Officer (if a separate person), the Convention Manager, and other officials serving the Convention in the functions of planning, arrangements, statistical reporting on the state of the church, and other administrative coordination.

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