As a delegate to GC09, Ann dutifully read each and every word of he Blue Book. She has summarized each of the resolutions and on the Feast of St. John the Baptist (24 June) graciously gave me permission to post her summations. She asked that I make sure you understand aht these are her opinions and not an official synopsis.
- A001 - clarifying the process for nominations for Church Pension Fund -- I am unclear why nominations are not allowed from the Floor. In the Canon 1.8.2 it is allowed - but current practice is not to allow it??
A002 - to allow members of the Nominations Committee to serve until the next GC instead of having to resign when others are elected in their diocese -- this would be a good policy for all the Standing Committees and Commissions as it is totally disruptive to the commissions and committees - I speak as one who was appointed during the triennium to fill a seat on State of the Church- while it was great and I loved being on the Committee - it took me a while to catch up. As committees do more work with fewer face to face meetings - this becomes even more difficult. Is this something that could be expanded to cover all CCAB?
re: Nominations for the Trial of a Bishop -- will all be done from the floor - the Nominations committee has soem they will nominate but can't share the names due to lack of proper authorization. They did select some for appointment in between 2006-2009? Who?
pp. 37-40 Planning and Arrangements
Note that the latest draft Schedule is at the GC site on the web (#10)
Possible sites for 2015 -- Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City -- I hope SLC will win as it would be a great witness for the Church in the west - where we have more "none" church people than anywhere. (and they have changed their drinking laws if that matters to you)
Program Budget and Finance -- hope we restore the MDG line item. More study of the budget later
Pastoral Development and College for Bishops
A008 - formation for newly elected bishop -- asking for funding of a unfunded mandate -(these need to funded or not mandated) this program seems like an excellent idea for new bishops.
A009 - study the nomination and election of the presiding bishop -- good idea -- having served on the Nominating Committee - we might find out some things that would be helpful in the future.
Completing its sexuality study in 2011 -- seems like 30 years would have been enough for this to be completed - one wonders why we are only getting to it now.
Just War -- re-examining Just War theory. another thing I am not sure this needed doing - people are going to justify whatever countries want to do. or maybe I am just getting too cynical. There is a recommendation of Pedagogy for Christian Citizenship -- another thing I doubt will result in much.
State of the Church --this has been pretty well discussed on HOBD - I recommend reading it and studying the statistics -- then going back to your community and inviting someone to church!! The bottom line - our culture is becoming non-Christian with many not interested in denominations even it interested in following Christ. Also nobody likes to go to churches where there is fighting - no matter the issue or the side one agrees with.
Task Group on Rules of Order
A010 -- noon day prayers -- changing noon to midday
I oppose this resolution. One of the most memorable things about General Convention is to STOP all business and noon and pray. It is one of the things I tell about going to General Convention - no matter where we are or how hot the topic - we stop at NOON and pray. The second part of the resolution is for any member to request stopping for prayer -- open to being convinced on this one as I think the President and Chaplain(s) are capable of knowing when we need to pray.
A013 - all legislative matters to be amended or voted on in public - discussions may be held in executive session though-- I am generally (almost always) opposed to executive sessions. If one is not willing to stand up in public - then one should probably not serve a church body. Voting publicly is a good first step to transparency - I would like to see some resistance to most executive sessions (which seem to have proliferated on some national committees and councils
A020 -- does the entire deputation have to agree before calling for a vote by orders or just the majority?
A027 - shortening remarks from distinguished visitors from 10 to 5 minutes-- I would be happy to do away with all remarks from visitors - shortening is a good step to more efficient meetings of legislative sessions.
The other resolutions are typo, grammar, gender neutral, and clarifying resolutions YMMV
Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice- lots of good work by this committee on really depressing areas of the world - I know this is work that some on HOBD don't want us to do -- I see it as part of the drop by drop wearing away of injustice
A032 -- Human Rights Violations in the Philippines - urges US to use its influence there - some of our own Anglican Communion leaders have been jailed and tortured and killed there.
A033 - Sudan - commends the work by TEC and ELCA bishops, recommends continued advocacy and development work, and prayer for peace
A034 - Cuba - end embargo against Cuba
A035 - Establish Standing Commission on the Environment
Zimbabwe Executive Council resolutions -- continuing the resolutions on Zimbabwe made by EC regarding Bp Bakare's leadership and solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe
MDGs - no resolutions but thanks for all the good work
Haiti -- Commission visited Haiti and renews its commitment to that country and commends the ongoing work by the Diocese and its partner dioceses in TEC. A036
A037 - pray that the walls around Bethlehem come down
A038 - Re-affirm resolution 1991 A149 -- reduce arms in region, transparency of aid funds, no new settlements
A039 - lobby ending the Wall
A040 - Single Sovereign State of Palestine
A041 -- Iraq War -- Just War principles were not followed - (see Bishop's Theology Committee on Just War also)
A042 - First Use Military Action - condemn first strike war when danger is not imminent
A043 - Relief for those suffering from International Gangs
A044 - appoint ad-hoc team to learn more about gangs
A045 Restrict use of bottled water
Standing Commission on Episcopal Church Communications
A frustrating commission to serve on - lack of communications with the church center staff hampered work for much of the triennium - hopefully improving with new director. Lack of response to budget and spending questions was an issue. Lack of coordination with others doing communications work around the church (like the ad campaign that came and went without much advance planning for it --cutting carrots anyone?)
A046 Creation of Position of Information Officer --- to oversee a strategic plan for use of modern communications and to remove obsolete equipment and services to implement best practices for cost saving and better more efficient use of technology
A047 Extend the 2006 A048 Task Force on Best Practices -- members were not chosen in time to do much this triennium - hopefully it will be extended so it can function to investigate and recommend appropriate technology by TEC church center.
A048 Funding the SCECC - the funding last triennium was cut to zero -- the committee functioned by email and internet given by members.
A049 Task Force to empower data sharing in TEC -- to standardize data and sharing protocols among and between bodies of TEC
A050 - Church Center Technology Audit -- ongoing audit of technology at Church Center so those who are charged with decision making can know what we have and whether it is useful.
Constitution and Canons (a commission that did not expend all its budget by using conference calls and other techno processes. They also addressed what needs to be changed in the canons to allow technology to support our work.
A051 - broadens who can serve in TEC to allow for new agreements like the one we have with ELCA
A052 - 2nd reading of who can vote in HoB and what constitutes a quorum: (hopefully neither house will amend it this time.
This amendment to the Constitution had its first reading in 2003 (B005). At second reading in 2006, the House of Bishops amended the Resolution, making it a “second” first reading. The Resolution now proposes to amend Article I.2 as follows:
Resolved, That Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution be amended as follows: All Bishops of this Church, except any excluded by canon or under the Rules of the House, shall have seat and voice in the House of Bishops. Each Bishop of this Church having jurisdiction, Bishop Coadjutor, Bishop Suffragan, Assistant Bishop, and every bishop holding an office created by General Convention shall have a vote in the House of Bishops. A majority of all Bishops entitled to vote shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for transaction of business.
A053 - first reading -- laity elected by GC must be confirmed adult communicants in good standing.
A054 - reporting of status of congregations
A055 -- allows for signing of documents in "counterpart" by Standing Committee members. Saves having to meet face to face to do business and sign documents
A056 - editorial correction to canon
A057 - clarifies the election of a current bishop to be bishop of a different diocese and adds that Standing Committees "consent" to elections parallel to language with GC consents - former language is "we know of know impediment", takes out "at" as signing can be done with people in various places - not all "at" one place. Seems like this resolution should be divided - as it takes on several points -- but maybe it is all okay and can be passed as one
A058 -- housekeeping "editing" changes
A059 - one of the resolutions that did not get considered last GC due to running out of time (note: EVERYONE - let's do as much as possible as quickly as possible early in our sessions)
A060 - study the idea of a Registrar for the HOB
Title IV Task Force proposals have had a lot of discussion on HOBD and also on the PHOD's listserv for Deputies and First Alternates -- I hope that we will pass them and then make changes as needed --- we need to move from the military code of justice to a system that is similar to other professional disciplinary processes and also has more hope of reconciliation.
I really like having the BB in pdf -- reading it is so much easier than trying to wrestle that large "harvard crimson" paper copy.
Domestic Mission and Evangelism
A061 Strategic Planning - proposes an ongoing Committee on Strategic Planning -- I have yet to see a top down strategy work in our time -- but kudos for at least recognizing that planning has been minimal.
A062 asks State of the Church to consider measuring non-Sunday attendance, people served in schools and soup kitchens
A063 Convene mainline churches for discernment and evangelism
A064 adds Evangelist to licensed ministries (Canon III.4.9)
A065 training for Evangelists
A066 Develop Toolkit for Evangelism
A067 Develop Strategies for establishing new congregations --
A068 Reconciliation Training --provide curriculum for faith based reconciliation
A069 Fund a full time National Mission Funding Office ($5,000,000 over six years) to raise funds for TEC
A070 Amend rules of order to give more specific instructions to committees of GC -- seems that the committees are capable of doing this without more being added (some of which is subjective) to their instructions
A071 Evangelistic Opportunities of GC -- create 12 sites for downlink of GC -- hahaha - I have enough trouble getting people to be interested in Diocesan Convention or even annual meetings -- I think we overreach with this if we think anyone will show up other than those who are already church groupies.
Lots of good resources for Reconciliation training appended to the report - worth looking at if your group or congregation is planning this work.
Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
A072 - continuing the Interim eucharistic sharing with the United Methodist Church
A073 Moravian-Episcopal Dialogue and moving to Full Communion, eucharist sharing and recognition of each church's orders.
A074 Theological Statement of Interreligious Relations -- a theology of how we enter into and proceed in dialogue with other denominations
A075 Approve Agreement with the Presbyterians (USA) main hang up with moving further with the Presbyterians ---Mutual recognition and reconciliation seems to rest upon mutual acceptance of the concepts of “personal” and “corporate” episcope. Until this matter is mutually resolved it will be difficult to move into
full altar and pulpit fellowship,
A076 begin dialogue with Church of Sweden -- the CofE is already in relationship through the Parvoo Agreement. (of course some of our members may have trouble "communing" with a married lesbian bishop - although this does not seem to be a problem in England)
Also reports of other on-going dialogues -- RC, Orthodox, COIC (formerly COCU - I remember when this was the big deal of the century for GC - some sort of communist conspiracy as I recall!!), Muslim, Jewish, National Council of Churches, Philippine Independent Church. WCC, Lutheran-Episcopal, CTT, Diocesan Officers network news.
STANDING COMMISSION ON HEALTH ---was created in 2003 but not funded so no one was appointed - this past Triennium they were funded.
Working with the networks already in place to help share information between them.
Also looked at the Archives to see what has already been done or resolved.
This is a model of how commissions should work IMO
Commission supports the continuation of previous GCs on Universal Health Care and End of Life issues. No new resolutions
A 077 - encourages all churches to implement health ministry --
A078 Celebrate recovery ministries - does not suggest a Sunday but a good way to raise awareness
A079 Addiction Education for Ordained ministry -- all clergy should study the nature of addiction, identification and intervention, 12 step programs, also asks Dioceses to continue to address these issues
urges approval of the Denominational Health Plan
A 080 - Ministry Discernment for Disabled Persons -- urges same standards (I object to the title of this resolution not the content - as disabled is not the full being of persons with disabilities - just as I don't like praying for "the poor" "the sick" etc All of us are first and foremost persons - -not conditions.
A081 Accommodation for People with Disabilities -- for conference and meetings
STANDING COMMISSION ON LIFELONG CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND FORMATION
a new commission
A082 Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation -- a major initiative for encouraging education, formation, transformation of all ages.
A083 Dioceses to formulate strategies for A082
A lot of work has been done by PEALL (Proclaiming Education for ALL) - this will build on that work.
A084 Continue Province IX curriculum project -- development of educational offerings and programs in the various languages and cultures of Province IX
A085 Commend PEALL (see above)
A086 Continued development of Theological Education for All (TEforALL) web site, resource sharing, electronic resources - I wonder how many deputies know of this resource?? http://www.teforall.org/
STANDING COMMISSION ON LITURGY AND MUSIC
Much of this has been discussion on HOBD -- I just want to say thanks for including John Roberts of Wyoming in the calendar-- the Wind River ministries thanks you especially the women who went to the girls school at Shoshone Mission where unlike other schools = the girls were allowed to speak their language when not in class. I like the idea of Holy Women Holy Men -- saint of the day (saint du jour) -- and sometimes more than one - an abundance of saints for us to savor. Our youth group loved to study up on them and then do vignettes for the congregation.
STANDING COMMISSION ON MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT pp. 583
not sure why the resolution to add gender identity to the non-discrimination canons was tabled by this group. We have transgender clergy serving this church - protection from discrimination would be good - I think there is a resolution coming from a Diocese on this.
A103 -- develop a continuing education resource web site.
A104 - Leadership development for multi-cultural ministries - study support for training and education for clergy in diverse congregations. - calls on Dioceses to do more
A105 Fresh Start -- funding for Fresh Start program -- more on the program
A106 - educational debt of seminarians -- commends a three phase plan for limiting debt.
A 107 - funding for those studying for ordination to the priesthood ---$450,000 in aid --
A 108 - funding the committee
pp. 590 ff -- reports from the seminaries-- worth reading to see what they are saying about themselves
A committee that calls the church to stand up for the dignity of each person
A 109 - Model Prisoner Ministry-- seeking models that address after programs for the incarcerated - to support people in their re-entry into society after prison
A 110 - Addressing education disparity --- looking into the voucher system for education -- I would oppose this as I think we should be putting our efforts into making public schools better rather than making attendance at Episcopal Schools easier through use of tax monies.
Also a reminder of the The Church and Children: Vision and Goals for 21st century.
A 111 Economic Justice Ministry with Lower Income People -- a helpful policy for our ministries for and with people. -- emphasizing engagement
A 112 - Funding the committee
SMALL CONGREGATIONS p 607
over half of congregations are classified as "small" -- ASA of fewer than 70 - many are in rural areas or small communities.
There is a DVD "Creative Models of Sacramental Leadership in Small Congregations" from a conference in 2007- it explores best practices, a variety of models and support for sacramental leadership. Suzanne Watson was excellent in her work for Small Congregations - sad for those of us in small churches when she was promoted out of that position.
A113 - Strengthening Small Congregations
1) publish innovative strategies
2) collaborate with networks - Living Stones, Domestic Missionary Partnership, Ministry Developers Collaborative, Native American ministries, Appalachian ministries, Rural Ministry Network, and others who work with small membership congregations.
3) work with Church Pension Fund - ways to support ordained and non-ordained leadership in these congregations
4) participate in conversations with seminaries and other vehicles for formation, education and support for ministries
STEWARDSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT p. 610
Applauds the Mission Funding Initiative (to do major gift fund raising) of the Church Center but has grave concerns:
1) lack of long range planning
2) lack of adequate staffing and budget
3) lack of preparation of principal bodies of the church
A114 - Funding Mission Funding Office - increase funding so campaign has a chance of success
other things - develop online giving program for web site, develop newer stewardship materials, urge adopting the term Annual Giving Campaign instead of Stewardship Campaign to expand the meaning of Stewardship beyond money.
STRUCTURE p. 614
A hardworking group trying to make our work more efficient and cost effective.
A115 AMEND CANON I.4.3(G): COMMITTEES OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
clarifying the committee structure of Council
A116 AMEND CANON I.4.3: ESTABLISH AUDIT COMMITTEE
Establishing the Audit Committee by Canon - although there has been one - this places it in the canons
A117 DISCONTINUE THREE COMMITTEES
HIV/AIDS, Status of Women, Jubilee --- recommends placing the work of these groups elsewhere in the church administration
A118 AMEND CANON I.1.2(N): ESTABLISH TWO STANDING COMMISSIONS
Science, Technology and Faith, Eradication of Racism
A119 AMEND CANON I.1.2(N) STANDING COMMISSION MANDATES
Clarifying the roles and duties of Standing Commissions to prevent duplication of work, some changes come at request of commissions.
Small Congregations becomes Congregational Vitality.
Domestic Mission and Evangelism becomes Mission and Evangelism of The Episcopal Church
National Concerns becomes Social Justice and Public Policy
Health - gets a more clear mandate - identify and study national and international healthcare issues, practices, and policies and the Church’s healthcare ministries, and to make recommendations to General Convention
A120 AMEND CANON I.1.2: STANDING COMMISSION PRACTICES
no Executive Council member may serve on a Standing commission
Presiding Bishop Nominating Committee --- no changes recommended after extensive study
A121 AMEND CANON I.2.1: JOINT COMMITTEE MANDATE
Clarify the mandate of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Nomination of the Next PB
A122 AMEND CANON I.9: PROVINCIAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Clarifies mandate of Provincial Leadership and accountability of funds given by GC used in the Province
A123 AMEND CANON I.15.10: DISCIPLINE PROCESS CLARIFICATION
Clarifies the use of Title IV in overseas dioceses under the Episcopal Church jurisdiction - harmonizes with Title IV even when amended or changed
A124 FOREIGN LANDS TASK FORCE
Study the needs of churches of the Episcopal Church in lands other than the US -- asked for by the Convocation of the Churches in Europe
(note from Bp Whalon of Churches in Europe - We asked for a thorough revision of the canon under which we operate: I.15. SCSC got cold feet when it realized that this canon doesn't just relate to Europe but to any congregation outside the US that is not in an existing Anglican province (or one that we recognize.
The resolution calls for a thorough review of the international mission of TEC. I wonder where SCWM fits in, though I note the recommended change in its mandate...
So we didn't get what we asked for. The previous resolution A123 was a provisional patch I proposed at GC 2006 in order to have a regular disciplinary process. All the problems of the 1859 canon remain otherwise.)
A125 ANGLICAN COMMUNION TASK FORCE
A group to address inter Anglican matters - Covenant, Instruments of Unity, etc --- I think this needs to be the Executive Council not an appointed body.
A126 AMEND CANON I.4.6(A) AND (B) AND JOINT RULE OF ORDER 10(D): BUDGETING PROCESS
updating budgeting process
A127 DIRECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
proposals for future work of the Commission on Structure.
Examine Agencies of TEC
Role and term of PB
Role of Chancellors
Role of Parliamentarians
Examine cultural aspects of the canons
Examine Budgeting process of TEC
Examine Provincial structure
WORLD MISSION p. 629
Concern for our missionaries - becoming supported more and more by dioceses or independent mission societies. Do we need to get back into a better system of support from the church as a whole? Also need to be sure all have health insurance and other benefits in their packages. Missionaries work at the request of the local Province of the AC
A128 FUNDING MISSIONARIES
requests more funds for missionaries
A129 MISSION ORIENTATION IN THE NEW BISHOP’S CONFERENCE
Adding a world mission component to new bishop's education - + funding
*good overview of all our covenants, partnerships and agreements with other provinces p.632 ff
A130 COVENANT WITH BRAZIL
authorize the covenant with Brazila
A131 COVENANT COMMITTEE GATHERING
a meetup of all the groups participating in agreements with TEC
A132 COVENANT COMMITTEE REPORTING
report about agreements meetup
A133 AMEND CANON 1.1.2(N)(11)
clarifies the area of responsibility of the commission -- to focus on mission outside TEC (the previous wording was unclear about TEC churches outside US)
A134 “MISSION PARTNERS”
changes the name "missionary" to "mission partner"
A135 SEMINARIAN CROSS-CULTURAL FORMATION
more money for cross cultural experiences for seminarians
A136 EPGM FUNDING
Funding for Episcopal Partnership for Global Mission network that draws all the groups doing mission with seminaries, and others
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND OTHER RESOLUTIONS p. 641
A137 CONTINUATION OF THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND PRACTICES IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
studying the relationship with 501c3 affiliated bodies and employment and benefit policies
A138 ESTABLISHING A MANDATORY LAY EMPLOYEE PENSION SYSTEM
definitely needed and a justice and fairness in our churches issue
A139 DIOCESAN RECONFIGURATION STUDY
a waste of time IMO -- diocese will reconfigure as needed - they will seek creative solutions without help from on high. The canons already have a process
A140 DOMESTIC POVERTY
The PB's call to make this a priority concern
A141 CONTINUATION OF EC COMMITTEE ON HIV/AIDS
continue this committee in view of rising rates of infection in all demographics (like nursing homes!)
A142 TO RECOMMIT TO BEING ANTI-RACISTS FOR THE NEXT THREE TRIENNIA (UNTIL 2018)
continue anti-racism training
A143 EXTENSION OF GENERAL CONVENTION RESOLUTION A123 (2006) TO GENERAL CONVENTION 2012
ongoing work to study our complicity and benefit from the slave trade
A144 EXTENSION OF RESOLUTION 127 TO GENERAL CONVENTION 2012
includes study of oppression and genocide of Native American tribes and other groups
A145 RACISM IN THE DISCERNMENT, SEMINARY, ORDINATION AND DEPLOYMENT PROCESSES
collecting data on inclusion of persons of color in recruitment for ordination and deployment
A146 PROMOTING ANGLICAN PARTNERSHIPS
provides for meetings of Anglican Indigenous Network
A147 CLAIMING OUR IDENTITY & PROMOTING ANGLICAN PARTNERSHIPS
commend the work of the Anglican Indigenous Network
A148 DOING JUSTICE & ALLEVIATING POVERTY; IDENTITY; GROWING CONGREGATIONS; STRENGTHENING GOVERNANCE AND FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION; PROMOTING ANGLICAN PARTNERSHIPS
Increasing funding to "aided dioceses" with ministries with Native peoples (South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, and Navajoland)
A149 SUPPORT FOR THE INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE (ITTI)
support for this fine training program for leaders in Native communities
A150 ENDORSEMENT FOR THE OKLAHOMA CONSULTATION FOR LEADERS IN INDIGENOUS MINISTRY
endorsing a collaboration project
A151 IN SUPPORT OF ADDITION TO LESSER FEASTS AND FASTS OF PAUL CUFFEE AND SAMSON OCCUM
A152 PRESERVATION OF BURIAL SITES
study and assess burial sites and sacred places of indigenous peoples with goal of preservation
A153 FEDERAL TRIBAL RECOGNITION
work for federal recognition of several tribal groups
A154 TO AFFIRM COMMITMENT THE JUBILEE MINISTRY GRANTS PROGRAM
keep our commitment to this grants program
A155 TO ESTABLISH OF PROGRAM FOR THE ALLEVIATION OF DOMESTIC POVERTY
A156 SACRED ACTS FOR SACRED WATER
fund a part time position on the environment especially as it relates to water
A157 CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
how climate change will affect achievement of the MDGs and our commitment to work to ameliorate climate change
A158 CONTINUING RESOLUTION
Continue the HIV/AIDS committee
A159 ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF AIDS
work to stop the spread of AIDS
A160 ACCESS TO ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS
advocate for adequate care
A161 AIDS EDUCATION AND RESOURCES
compiling and distributing accurate information on prevention, education in face of rising risks (especially among younger people)
A162 DOMESTIC STRATEGY COMMITTEE ON AIDS CRISIS
convene a strategy meeting
A163 MANDATE ON NEAC AIDS TUTORIAL
All leaders to take online tutorial on HIV/AIDS prevention
A164 COMMENDATIONS TO PRESIDING BISHOPS
commendation of several PBs messages on World AIDS Day
A165 WOMEN AND MONEY
CPF to make available investment vehicles that support women and their lives. (like Women's Equity Fund)
A166 PARENTAL LEAVE
develops a parental leave policy
support legislation and action against trafficking of humans - especially children and women
A168 ANNUAL DATA GATHERING ABOUT GENDER PARITY IN DIOCESAN LEADERSHIP
gather data on gender parity
A169 ANNUAL DATA GATHERING ABOUT EPISCOPAL ELECTIONS; CLERGY COMPENSATION
continue data gathering
A170 OBSERVANCE OF FIRST ORDINATION OF WOMEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD
celebrate the anniversary of the ordination of women on July 29
A171 ON RECORDS AND ARCHIVES OF THE PROVINCES OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Provinces to keep records of Synods and other meetings -- not required currently
A172 AMENDMENTS TO THE CANONS AFFECTING DATA COLLECTION AND RECORDS IN ELECTRONIC FORMATS
can send data in electronic or paper forms
A173 Amend Canon I.5.3(a) Board of the Archives Membership
changes in board membership due to moving out of Seminary of the SW
A174 BUDGET APPROPRIATION FOR THE ARCHIVES OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
If you have not visited the archives online -- you will be pleasantly surprised at what is available -
A175 AMENDING CANON III.16, SECTION 1
Changing name of Church Deployment to Transition Ministry
A176 AMENDING CANON III.16, SECTION 2
more changes in name - and description of duties
A177 DENOMINATIONAL HEALTH PLAN
We have talked about this on HOBD -- and also most Deputies have had a presentation on it
I recommend reading the whole report of the Church Pension Fund - to see all they are involved int
A178 ESTABLISH THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT AS EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT SUNDAY
to give the church a focus Sunday for the ERD work - although I am generally not in favor of "special Sundays" this one is needed IMO
Also don't forget to re-establish the line item for MDGs in the national budget --- this is the $ that can be leveraged to do amazing work by ERD.
A179 BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE GBEC
funding for General Board of Examining Chaplains
A180 GENERAL ORDINATION EXAM FEE
$500 to take the GOEs
A181 AMEND CANON III.15.2(A)
deletion of areas of exam and recommendations for testing in other ways
A182 CONTINUE FORWARD MOVEMENT
continue Forward Movement Publications
A183 DEVELOP NINE-YEAR VISION AND BUDGET CYCLE
A184 STUDY EFFECTIVE LEVELS FOR DEPLOYMENT OF CHURCH RESOURCES
continue the Budgetary Funding Task Force
A185 PROPOSED TITLE IV REVISIONS
Another area we have discussed on HOBD
Puts forth a disciplinary canon focused on promoting healing, repentance, forgiveness, restitution, justice, amendment of life and reconciliation among all involved or affected.
Only for clergy
sets up a system more like other professional groups discipline procedures (not a criminal or civil court system)
That by making ordination vows clergy commit to certain standards
Especially note that is it only for "weighty" issues