It's tough to be a General Convention Geek but somebody's gotta do it.
I'm still tracking a few resolutions, some of which were combined with other resolutions and took on a different number, but so far, these are the ones I'm sure of. You can find them here.
General Convention approved the $111,516,032 budget for 2013-2015. The budget is based on the Five Marks of Mission.
- The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings of Ohio was elected President of the House of Deputies. Byron Rushing of Massachusetts was elected Vice President of the House of Deputies.
Anglican Covenant: General Convention affirmed the commitment to
building relationships across the Anglican Communion, especially through
the Continuing Indaba program, but declined to take a position on the
Eight bishops received approvals to their consent process: Atlanta,
New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Texas (Suffragan), Virginia
(Suffragan), Western Louisiana, and Western Massachusetts. Related,
General Convention approved a change in rules so elections held close to
General Convention no longer need to go to General Convention for the
Israel-Palestine: General Convention supported a resolution on
positive investment in the Palestinian territories. Bishops agreed to
postpone indefinitely the conversation on corporate engagement.
Bishops rejected several resolutions attempting to postpone implementation of the Episcopal Church Medical Trust.
Executive Council elections: The House of Deputies elected seven lay
and two clergy members: Lay members elected for six-year terms are:
Joseph S. Ferrell of North Carolina, Anita P. George of Mississippi,
Fredrica Harris Thompsett of Massachusetts, Karen Ann Longenecker of the
Rio Grande, Nancy Wonderlich Koonce of Idaho, and John Johnson of
Washington (DC). Lay person, Elizabeth L. Anderson, of Connecticut was
elected for three years. Clergy members elected for six-year terms were
the Rev. Susan B. Snook of Arizona and the Rev. James B. Simons of
Pittsburgh. The House of Bishops elected David Bailey of Navajoland and Clifton Daniel of East Carolina to serve on Executive Council.
A030: establishes how clergy who want to leave the Episcopal Church
for another part of the Anglican Communion can do so without renouncing
their Holy Orders
A033 and C049 enact a series of revisions to Title IV, the clergy
discipline canons, to fix some errors while maintaining the underlying
principles of the canons
A036: commends the 11-year relationship of full communion with the
ELCA and asks the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee to address
areas where Episcopal and Lutheran practices differ, especially who can
preside at Holy Communion and the role of deacons.
A049: a denominational response to same-sex blessings. The approved
liturgy is for provisional use. The diocesan bishop has to grant
approval for use in his/her diocese even in those states where same-sex
marriage has been legislated. It is effective first Sunday in Advent
2012 (December 2).
A050: authorizes a task force to study marriage.
A054: new rites and prayers for pastoral responses to people caring for animals, including the death of a pet
A102, the first reading of an amendment to the constitution that would
help dioceses that want to merge with another diocese or divide itself
into two dioceses to do so without requiring sitting bishops in all
- A122: Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church should study the current budgeting process and matters of financial oversight and make recommendations to next General Convention
requiring the tracking of the ratio of women to men in bishop election
processes, along with racial and ethnic minorities, and encouraging
dioceses to strive for greater diversity in candidates.
A158: clarifies the status in the Episcopal Church of pastors in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who had been ordained by other
pastors and not by bishops.
A167: creation of an “HIV Welcoming Parish Initiative” to help
congregations to become more engaged with people living with HIV/AIDS.
B009: with the bishop’s permission, use the lectionary in the BCP rather than the Revised Common Lectionary
B019: affirms positive investment in the Palestinian Territories. It
also calls on the church to support “the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian
study on peace with justice in the Middle East,”
B021: amends the canons to provide a mechanism for addressing
disagreements in the pastoral relationship between a diocese and its
B023: solidarity with the poor and indigenous people who bear great
burdens because of climate change, with special mention to the Inupiaqs
of Kivalina, Alaska
B026: gives dioceses and parishes an additional three years to provide
parity in health insurance cost-sharing between lay and clergy
employees. That deadline now is extended until Dec. 31, 2015.
B028: urges Congress to modernize the nation’s refugee resettlement program
C029: baptism as the normative entrance into Holy Communion
- C095 Church structure: a special task force of up to 24 to meet in the next two years from all levels of the church on reforms to structure, governance and administration. There will be a special gathering from every diocese to hear what recommendations the task force plans to make to the 78th General Convention. The final report is due by November 2014.
D016 - Selling “815”: The House of Bishops approved a move away from,
but did not authorize the sale of, the Episcopal Church Center
D018: calls on Congress to repeal federal laws, such as the Defense of
Marriage Act, that discriminate against same-gender couples who are
legally married in the states where that is permitted;
D019: Transgender: Support for the transgender community by adding
gender expression and identity to two canons that prevent
discrimination: the ordination discernment process is open; and
guarantees equal place in the life, worship and governance of the
D022: a church-wide response to bullying
D023: affirms that all Episcopalians are called to be evangelists to help grow the church
D025: establishes a Development Office to solicit major gifts and other resources
D049: creates a pilot student loan fund for seminarians who agree to
three years in under-served areas of the Episcopal Church.
D055: urges the government to enact stricter controls on the use of carbon-based fuels
D059: urges a halt to the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s
practice of detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally
without filing any charges against them.
D066: develops a network of retired Episcopal executives to assist dioceses and parishes, modeled on SCORE
D067: urges passage by Congress of the DREAM Act
D069: a “social media challenge” calling upon every congregation to use social media in its current and future forms
- D081: directs the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to initiate dialogue between the Episcopal Church and the Mormon Church in anticipation of General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City.
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Oh, and the two "extra-curricula" baptisms that took place - one outside the fountain between the Hyatt and the Westin on July 7th and one during the TransEpiscopal Eucharist on July 10th.
The Executive Council will keep a watchful eye over many of these resolutions - especially the Budget - until we gather again in 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 78th General Convention.
You don't have to be crazy to be an Episcopalian, but it does help.