Category Archives: Massachusetts Resolutions

Wrapping it up

While we sort out the final whereabouts of several Massachusetts resolutions, we leave you with Heidi Shott’s “Final Wrap” of the convention.

Here’s what we do know:

Deputy Byron Rushing’s resolution, D012, on support of transgender civil rights, passed both houses and is official.

Ian Douglas’s resolutions, D019, on recommitting to the Millennium Development Goals as a mission priority, and Do18, addressing the global economic crisis, passed both houses and are official.

The following were still pending at 3 p.m. Pacific, or had somehow been subsumed into other actions (the online legislation tracking page seems to have temporarily collapsed under its own weight): 

Diocesan resolutions C040, to amend the church calendar so that the descriptive title for the commemoration of Bernard Mizeki (June 18) reads “Zimbabwe” instead of “Rhodesia”; C041 and C042 to make gender-neutral amendments to the canon on Holy Matrimony;  C061, to amend Title III.1.2 of canon on access to the ministry discernment process to include gender identity and expression; and C062, to add to the church calendar a trial May 17 feast day for St. Andronicus and St. Junia.

Filed under Rejection Still Stinks:  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, got partially subsumed into C056, which passed both houses and is now official.

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.   Continue reading

Rejection stinks, but all is not lost: A Day Six message from Bishop Cederholm

07/13/09:  Bishop Bud Cederholm writes:

Bishop Bud Cederholm and deputy Jane Gould compare notes at Day Six's end.

Bishop Bud Cederholm and deputy Jane Gould compare notes at Day Six's end.

“Rejection stinks.  My resolution to change the annual parochial report of the Episcopal Church to include costs and units of energy consumed by a congregation did not make it through the House of Deputies.  Despite my, I hope, stirring plea that global warming (and its effects) is the most critical moral, ethical and justice issue the church faces, delegates could not envision how reporting on energy consumption fits into the parochial report, one argument being that most would simply leave that item blank.  My argument (based on our experience in Massachusetts when we asked our congregations to report, and about one-third did) that it was an attention getter and led many congregations to want to do something to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint, did not carry the day. 

“All is not lost.   Continue reading

House of Deputies takes three big steps

Deputies vote statement on fully inclusive ordination, reinstate funding for MDGs and send House of Bishops a $3.5-million funding request for Hispanic/Latino ministries

The House of Deputies gave decisive approval to three major measures during its Sunday afternoon legislative session, and Massachusetts people have been deeply involved in all three.

The diocese’s deputies, meeting just after the session adjourned, characterized the votes as a mandate and as a realignment of budget priorities toward mission and evangelism.

Having devoted over the course of General Convention’s first week numerous public hearings and three unusual committee-of-the-whole sessions in response to 2006’s B033 resolution on “restraint” in electing gay bishops, the House of Deputies yesterday approved resolution D025 by significant margins (77 deputations voting for and 31 against in the lay order; 74 to 35 in the clergy order).   Continue reading

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: Continue reading

What’s in a name?

Massachusetts alternate deputy Chris Ashley is tracking diocesan resolution C040, to amend the church calendar so that the descriptive title for the commemoration of Bernard Mizeki reads “Zimbabwe” instead of “Rhodesia.”

Chris shares his take on the complicated history behind this name change and gives an update on the resolution’s progress:   Continue reading

All God’s people and mission urgency: A Day Two message from Bishop Shaw

Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE writes:  

Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.

Bishop Shaw briefs the media covering the General Convention on July 9.

“Today’s program theme at General Convention is ‘God’s People.’  Yesterday I experienced a hearing on B012, a piece of legislation that wants to include all of God’s people in the life of the church.  It’s about marriage equality and how the church is going to respond to marriage equality in six states.  I think it’s an important piece of legislation that will allow us to pastorally care for people.  It is also a tool for evangelism.  

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