Day Seven legislative update

Here’s where Massachusetts resolutions stand at the close of Legislative Day Seven:

Ian Douglas’s resolution, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, was amended, has passed both houses and is now an official action of General Convention.  

Bishop Bud Cederholm’s resolution, B001, to amend the parochial report to include data on annual energy consumption of church properties, was rejected in the House of Deputies (see “Rejection Stinks…” here).

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 initial action 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 still pending initial action in the House of Bishops.  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, has been amended and passed the House of Deputies.  It is now pending in the House of Bishops.

Diocesan resolution C062, to add to the church calendar a trial May 17 feast day for St. Andronicus and St. Junia, is still pending initial action in the House of Bishops.

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

Deputy Ian Douglas’s resolution, Do18, addressing the global economic crisis, is pending initial action in the House of Bishops.

And, for our reader following the church calendar commemoration of Vida Dutton Scudder, resolution A095 (also including commemorations for 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), has passed both houses and is now official.

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