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1% giving for seminaries


ONE PER CENT RESOLUTION

Resolution A-125 from the 1982 Blue Book

Resolution #A-125
Support for Theological Education (STE)

Resolved, the House of __________ concurring. That the 67th General Convention:

A. Responding to the action of the 66th General Convention, which approved in principle a form of regular support for theological education and instructed the Board for Theological Education in consultation with others to bring to the Convention a comprehensive plan for the funding of the accredited Seminaries of the Episcopal Church, now directs each Parish and Mission of the several Dioceses within the fifty states of the United States to give annually at least 1% of its previous year's net disposable budgeted income (item E less line 1754 of the Annual Parochial Report) to one or more of these accredited Seminaries;

B.` That to implement this action, this General Convention directs each Diocese as defined above in item A to adopt a procedure by Resolution of its Convention, or by other appropriate means, which will assure that each Parish and Mission annually contributes at least this 1% to the support of one or more of the accredited Seminaries of the Church - this procedure to be adopted as soon as possible and by no later than January 1, 1984, and to be reported to the Board for Theological Education for presentation to the next General Convention;

C. That each accredited Seminary of the Episcopal Church be directed to submit an annual report to the Board for Theological Education of its income from the Parishes and Missions of the Church;

D. That each of these Seminaries, through and together with the Council of Deans, presents to the Board for Theological Education for each General Convention a report regarding its mission and goals, and progress in fulfilling them;

E. That these Seminaries and the Council of Deans assume more responsibility for strengthening the partnership between the Church and its Seminaries and for improving the dialogue with Congregations and Dioceses by providing them with current information about the Seminaries and listening to their concerns regarding theological education;

F. That Dioceses, Parishes and Missions be encouraged also to support other programs and institutions of theological education that are of importance to their educational and missionary goals;

G. That this General Convention requests the Presiding Bishop to continue to designate one Sunday each year as Theological Education Sunday, to be observed at that time or some other appropriate day by all Parishes and Missions as an occasion for interpreting the work of the Episcopal Seminaries and other programs for theological education.

The data for the year 1997 is the most recent year for which figures are available. For that year, congregations reported that they had contributed $3,249,958 to the accredited seminaries which amounts to a financial participation of 29% of the potential of 1% Net Disposable Budgeted Income. These figures show an increase of giving to the seminaries from 1996 of $102,115 or 3.2%.



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