An Ordered Church
The bishop, elected by convention, is the head of the diocese and is the ecclesiastical authority. They oversee and guide it in combination with the convention, the standing committee and the executive council. The rules and by-laws governing the diocese are known as the diocesan constitution and canons.
Constitution & Canons
The rules and by-laws that govern our diocese are known as its constitution and canons. The constitution is a relatively brief document which establishes the overall framework of our governance. The canons fill out those rules in more specific detail.