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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Consultation Platform for General Convention 2009

As national president of The Episcopal Women's Caucus, I have the distinct pleasure of being part of The Consultation.

We have just published our Platform for General Convention for 2009.

You can read the whole thing here, but I've posted the "preamble" just to arouse your curiosity.

The Consultation Platform 2009

The Consultation is a coalition of thirteen independent organizations in the Episcopal Church committed to peace with justice. We come to the 2009 General Convention in Anaheim understanding clearly that The Episcopal Church is at a watershed moment in history. Therefore, it is critical that we state the imperatives of what we believe and what we are called to do.

We affirm the goodness of all creation.

We join our voices with God who declared of all Creation “It is very good.”

We honor the image of God in one another and in all of Creation.

We are inextricably linked in an interdependent web of Creation.

We have sinned and fallen short of the mark.

We fail to recognize the image of God and the Christ in others and ourselves.

We contribute by our action and inaction to a culture of greed, domination and violence.

We in The Episcopal Church are complicit in this sin.

We reaffirm the promises of our Baptismal Covenant

to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.

to persevere in resisting evil and, whenever we fall into sin, to repent and return to the Lord.

to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. `

to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.

to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.

Therefore, we call The Episcopal Church, gathered at this 2009 General Convention, to:

Read the whole thing here:


Anonymous said...

We read this in concert in the office this morning...rejoicing together after many long years in exile.

<"the word that shall not be spoken until the day when all shall be changed">

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Actually, Scott, I've been with The Consultation for the past six General Conventions. We've always had an AGENDA. In 2003 and 2006, we had a formal, written agenda that was much like this. Still, it has been many long years in exile and yes, we now have the opportunity to accomplish much of this agenda. A great cause for rejoicing.