Legislative update: Still just bills

It’s Legislative Day Four at General Convention, and resolutions are starting to move through the two houses.  (The whole thing works pretty much like this, just add women serving in both houses and subtract the need for the President’s signature).

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at this moment:

Bishop Bud Cederholm’s resolution, B001, to amend the parochial report to include data on annual energy consumption of church properties, was slightly amended, but then got rejected in the House of Deputies.

Resolution B012, concerning “pastoral generosity in addressing civil marriage,” submitted by Bishop Stephen Lane of Maine on behalf of bishops from the six states where civil marriage of same-gender couples is legal, including Massachusetts bishops Shaw, Cederholm and Harris, is still pending in the House of Bishops.

Diocesan resolution C040, to amend the church calendar so that the descriptive title for the commemoration of Bernard Mizeki (June 18) reads “Zimbabwe” instead of “Rhodesia,” is out of committe and now goes to the House of Bishops for initial action.  (See alternate deputy Chris Ashley’s report here.)  The same is true for diocesan resolutions C041 and C042 to make gender-neutral amendments to the canon on Holy Matrimony.

Diocesan resolution C061, to amend Title III.1.2 of canon on access to the ministry discernment process to include gender identity and expression, is pending initial action in the House of Deputies.

Diocesan resolution C062, to add to the church calendar a trial May 17 feast day for St. Andronicus and St. Junia, is out of committee and now goes to the House of Bishops for initial action.

Deputy Byron Rushing’s resolution, D012, on support of transgender civil rights, got amended in committee and is now pending initial action in the House of Deputies.

Deputy Ian Douglas’s resolution, Do18, addressing the global economic crisis, is out of committee and now goes to the House of Bishops for initial action.  Douglas’s resolution, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, was amended, has passed in the House of Bishops and is now pending in the House of Deputies.

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2 responses to “Legislative update: Still just bills

  1. Charles Wibiralske

    What about Massachusetts’ own Vida Dutton Scudder being added to Lesser Feasts and Fasts?

    Charlie

    • Episcopal Times

      Glad you asked, Charlie. Resolution A095, that the commemoration of Vida Dutton Scudder, along with Harriet Bedell, James Theodore Holly, Oscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador, Tikhon and Frances Joseph Gaudet (proposed and approved for trial use by the 2006 General Convention) be finally approved, passed in the House of Bishops and is pending action in the House of Deputies.