- A003 Amend Article II.4 of the Constitution Second Reading
[number of suffragans]
It shall be lawful for a Diocese at the request of the Bishop of
that Diocese to elect not more than two Suffragan Bishops, without
right of succession.
- A008 Amend Canon III.14.4(c): Renunciation of Ministry
To clarify procedures for renunciation of ordained ministry.
- A009 Amend Canon III.15.4: Correct Reference
- A010a Amend Canon III.18: Of Renunciation of the Ordained Ministry
New Canon states procedure for renunciation of the Ordained
Ministry of Priests, Deacons, and Bishops.
- A011 Amend Canon III.22.4(a): Notice of Consent by Standing Committees
Requires Standing Committees to give notice or refusal to consent
to the election of a Bishop within 120 days and provides for
concurrent polling of bishops and Standing Committees.
- A012 Amend Canon III.22.6: Notice of Consent by
Changes time limit for Standing Committees and Bishops to consent
Election of a Bishop from four months to 120 days.
- A013a Add Definition to Canon IV.15: Discipline
That in defining offenses under Canon IV.15 is hereby amended by
adding thereto a definition reading as follows: "Discipline"; The
Discipline of the Church shall be found in the Constitution, the
Canons, the Rubrics, and the Ordinal of the Book of Common
- AO14s Add Definition to Canon IV.15: Doctrine
Text pending confirmation by Committee to certify changes to
- A015a Title IV Revision
Text pending confirmation by Committee to certify changes to
- A017 Amend Canon IV.12.9 & IV.13.5: Church Deployment
Adds CDO to list of officers and agencies to be notified in case
of deposition or Sentence of Removal of Deposition from ordained
- A023 Seminaries to Prepare Graduate on Interfaith
That the seminaries of this Church be encouraged to prepare their
graduates on what it means theologically to live in a permanently
interfaith and religiously pluralistic world.
- A033a Racial/Ethnic Ministry Development
The CDM examine the overall structure of ministry development,
especially the entire ordination process from discernment through
theological education to recommendation for ordination, as to its
effectiveness in achieving the original intent of the canons that all
aspects of ministry be open to everyone;
That the CDM work in consultation with the Racial Ethnic
- A034 The Indigenous Theological Training Institute
That the ECUSA support new directions in American Indian
leadership training through the Indigenous Theological Training
Institute in North America. That $375,000 be allocated in the
Triennium to fully develop the Indigenous Theological Training
Institute and placed under coordination of Episcopal Council of
Indian Ministries and Office of Native American Ministry, with report
on progress at the next General Convention.
- A044a Jubilee Practicum for Seminarians
That the Jubilee Ministries Program expand its internships and
practicums to include the seminaries of the Church such that there
might be training of seminarians in the theology and organizing
principles of Jubilee, while working in hands-on-ministry.
- A052a Amend Canon III.8.1., III.16 and 17: on Ordination
That Canon III.8.1 be amended by adding the following sentence at
the end thereof: No one shall be denied access to the ordination
process nor postulancy, candidacy or ordination in any parish or
diocese of this church on account of his or her sex;
That Canon III.16.1(d) be amended by adding the following sentence
at the end thereof: The ecclesiastical Authority shall not deny or
refuse to accept Letters Dimissory on account of the applicant's
That Canon III.16.2 be amended by adding the following sentence at
the end thereof: No member of the clergy shall be denied a license
on account of his or her sex;
That Canon III.17.3 be amended by adding the following as the
penultimate sentence thereof: Sex shall not be a factor in the
Ecclesiastical Authority's determination of whether such person is a
duly qualified priest.
- A053a Rights of Those Opposing Women's Ordination
That (a) no members of this church shall be denied access to the
ordination process, postulancy, candidacy, ordination, license to
officiate in a diocese, a call to a cure in a diocese or
letters\dimissory on account of their sex or their theological views
on the ordination of women; (b) no members of this church shall be
denied a place in the life and governance of this church on account
of their sex or their theological views on the ordination of women;
(c) it is the mind of this Convention that notwithstanding the
legislative history surrounding the passage of those Title III canons
relating to the ordination of women and notwithstanding subsequent
actions of the House of Bishops not in General Convention assembled,
the provisions of the canons of the General Convention, insofar as
they may relate to the ordination of women and the licensing and
deployment of women clergy, are mandatory; and (d) during the next
triennium each diocese where women do not have full access to
ordination and where ordained women are not permitted to carry out
their full ministries shall develop and implement a process to
implement fully Canons III.8.1, III.16.(d), and III.17.3 and that
status reports on these diocesan processes be reported to the interim
House of Bishops meeting in 1999, the Executive Council in 1999, and
the 73rd General Convention through the Executive Council.
- A056 General Ordination Exam Fees
That the authorization for the GBEC to charge a fee for the GOEs
to be continued for the next triennium, such fee not to exceed $300
per candidate; this authorization is granted with the proviso that
fees shall be reduced or waived at the Administrator's discretion,
for qualified Candidates who are unable to obtain payment of the
- A066 Education Program on Planned Giving
Direct the Executive Council and Church Center staff to develop
and implement a comprehensive educational program on planned giving
for the Church; Direct the Executive Council and the Church Center
Staff to develop a comprehensive program to encourage our members to
see the tithe as the minimum standard in their estate giving.
- A069 Educational Program Inclusion
That the educational programs of the Episcopal Church include
education throughout the entire life span.
- A086 CDM to Review Title III
That the CDM continue to develop a clear theology of ministry;
That the CDM be requested to undertake a full review of Title III
Canons in order to propose a complete revision to the 73rd General
Convention in consultation with the Standing Commission on
Constitution and Canons.
- A088 Amend Canon III.8.4(f): Ordination of Members of Religious
Permits members of religious orders not living in residential
communities to have required certificates given by a parish rather
than the Superior of Chapter.
- A089a Constitutional Amendments Regarding Bishops Suffragan,
- A09a Amend Canons Regarding Bishops Suffragan
- A093s Justice and Accountability in the Church
That this 72nd General Convention receive the statement of the CDM
and the Colloquium of Episcopal Professional and Vocational
Associations entitled "Justice and Accountability in the Church
Workplace" (Report to the 72nd General Convention Blue Book, pages
330-331) and recognize that the quality of the church workplace for
lay and ordained ministers is critical to the mission and ministry of
the Episcopal Church;
That this report be referred to the Executive Council to develop
actions that will resolve the issues raised and report these
recommended actions to the 73rd General Convention.
- A094s Pro Forma Resignations
Urge all dioceses, congregations and Episcopal institutions to
discontinue the practice of involuntary terminations of employment
for no cause, including the practice of requiring pro forma
resignations of employees upon the change of bishops or clergy in
That dioceses, congregations, and Episcopal institutions be
encouraged to develop plans for reviews that will help all parties
involved make decisions concerning issues of employment, including
termination of employment, which are just and that respect the
dignity of all parties involved.
- A134s Education of the Laity
That consistent with the provisions of Title III, Canon I (Of the
Ministry of All Baptized persons), the CDM or other agency of the
Executive Council as may be properly accountable for the education of
the laity, shall conduct a survey of all Dioceses every three years,
which will describe the programs and budgets employed for the
preparation and training of the laity for the exercise of their
That prior to each General Convention a consolidated report of
survey findings shall be prepared by the CDM or other appropriate
agency and distribute to all Bishops and Deputies to the General
Convention, to the Chairperson of each diocesan COM, and to the
Director of each training program identified in the survey.
- A139a Affirm 1% Giving to Seminaries
That the 72nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirms
its commitment to the seminaries of the church and encourages all
Continue or initiate a contribution of a minimum of 1% of its
budget income to one or more of the eleven accredited seminaries of
- A171a Discontinue Council for the Development of
That the CDM be and hereby is discontinued. This Resolution shall
be effective from the date of adoption.
- A172 Amend Canon III.31: Discontinue Board for Theological
That Canon III.31. (Of the Board for theological Education) is
hereby deleted in its entirety. This Resolution shall be effective as
from the date of adoption.
- A174sa Amend Canon I.I.2(n) Create Commission on Ministry
That Title I, Canon I.I.2(n) is hereby amended by the addition of
(6) A Standing Commission on Ministry Development consisting of
twenty-four members. Nine members shall be appointed on the
nomination of the nine Provincial Presidents, one nomination from
each Province. The remaining fifteen shall include three bishops,
four priests and/or deacons, provided that two shall be deacons, and
eight lay persons.
It shall be the duty of the Commission:
a) to recommend policies and strategies to the General Convention
for the development, affirmation and exercise of the ministry of all
b) to encourage and facilitate networks of individuals,
institutions and agencies engaged in education, training, deployment
and formation for ministry by all four orders;
c) to study the needs and trends of theological education for all
four orders with this Church, including issues of recruitment,
training, deployment, evaluation and continuing education; to make
recommendation to the several seminaries, the Executive Council and
the General Convention; and to aid the General Board of Examining
Chaplains in the exercise of its function;
d) to discharge such other duties as may be assigned by the
General Convention. This Resolution shall be effective from the date
- A200 Theological Education Sunday
Requests the Presiding Bishop to designate one Sunday each year as
Theological Education Sunday, to be observed at that time or some
other appropriate day by all congregations as an occasion for
describing and explaining the work of Episcopal Seminaries and other
programs for theological education.
- B006s Amend Canon III.34.3(a): General Board of Examining
That the GBEC, with information resources such as bishops,
seminary deacons, Commissions on Ministry, and any other sources it
may deem necessary, study and evaluate the timing, function, and
purpose of the GOEs. The GBEC shall report its study and evaluation
along with any recommendation and/or canonical changes, to the 73rd
- B008 Amend Canon III.7.5(a)(3) to add Missionary Theology and
Canon III.7.5.(a)(3) be amended to read: Christian Theology
including Missionary Theology and Missiology.
- B018s Parity for Lay Employees and Contractors
That the Episcopal Church recommends parity between clergy and lay
employees serving in equivalent positions with regard to salary,
pension, insurance and benefits, including medical and professional
development as described by the Equal Employment Opportunities
Commission of the United States Department of Labor;
That all dioceses, churches, and institution of the Episcopal
Church be urged to make and implement this recommendation for all
That compensation and benefits for non-professional contract and
temporary employees accord with United States fair labor
- B024s Special Commission on the Retirement Policy of the
That the Board of Trustees of the CPF be commended for its work
over the past triennium on the clergy retirement policy of the
That the report of the Trustees to this Convention entitled
"Enriching the Retirement Age" be accepted and printed in the Journal
of this Convention;
That the Trustees be urged to continue the Wellness Initiative
Advisory Committee . . .
That the Trustees provide the Church with more entailed
information concerning the work of the internal Benefits Policy
Committee and other committees of the Board of Trustees of the CPF .
That the Trustees be urged to propose Canons or amendments thereto
as needed from time to time to clarify the fiduciary functions of the
Board of Trustees of the Fund . . .
That the Trustees continue to report to each General Convention
the results of its work . . .
- C020s Dioceses to Study Thirty-year Early Retirement
That the 72nd General Convention receives with thanks to the
Trustees of the Church Pension Fund the proposed "30-year early
retirement option," with profound appreciation . . . . .
That the recommendation of the Wellness Initiative Advisory
Committee of the CPF regarding the 30-year early retirement option,
which has been unanimously approved by the Fund's Board of Trustees,
be endorsed by the General Convention.
The Bishops, Standing Committees and Commissions on Ministry are
encouraged to monitor closely the implementation of the 30-year early
retirement option considering the implications on such matters as the
leadership, morale and deployment of the clergy, the effects of this
new policy on the Mission of the Church, and to report to the CPF
annually during the period 1998-2000.
- C023s Raise Minimum Widow/Widower Benefits
That the Trustees of the CPF be urged to study and report to the
73rd General Convention the feasibility of increasing retired clergy
and surviving spouse benefits . . . .
- C024 Health Insurance for Domestic Partners
That the Episcopal Church Clergy and Employees' Medical Trust be
authorized to offer to dioceses which desire such coverage provision
for the inclusion of domestic partners in its health insurance plans.
The extension of such coverage shall not constitute an opinion as to
what constitutes an ecclesiastically sanctioned domestic unit.
- C027s Lowering Service Requirements by Church Pension
That the CPF is urged to study future pension needs of those who
have been or those who will be ordained later in life and a report on
this to be given at the 73rd General Convention.
- D034a Continuing Education for Clergy and Lay
That each Diocese, through the cooperative efforts of the Bishop
and the Commission on Ministry, or other designated body, shall be
1. Establishing minimum standards for continuing education,
including what constitutes an acceptable program and the number of
days or hours required per year;
2. Providing the ways and/or means, in collaboration with the
leadership in the diocese, parish, and/or other institution, for
continuing education to be made available to all clergy and lay
3. Developing standards and methods of accountability for
assurance of compliance with their plan.
The plan devised by each diocese shall be submitted to the Board
for Theological Education and the Board shall present reports on
continuing education provisions in the diocese to each General
- D045 Lay Eucharistic Visitors
That Canon III.3.5.(a)(2) be amended by the addition of the
following sentence: Persons so licensed may also be known as "Lay
- D061a Amend Title IV: Add New Canon 16 on Conciliation of
- D082a Living Wage
That the 72nd General Convention urge all congregations, missions
and dioceses and the national 'Episcopal Church to become actively
involved in promoting the enactment of a "living wage" plus family
health benefits in the cities and communities in which they live, as
the minimum acceptable norm for all working people -- "living wage"
being defined as $7.50/hr. or $16,000/yr., the federal poverty line
for a family of four;
That the above standard be likewise urged upon all parishes,
missions, and diocesan institutions of this church as the minimum
acceptable norm in the compensation of their employees.
ACTIONS OF THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS
To prepare a pastoral study on the relationships between priests
and bishops, priests and deacons, and priests and the baptized.
REFERRED TO CDM OR INTERIM BODY CONCURRED
- C014 Begin Process for Direct Ordination of Presbyters
- D025 Amend Canon III.3.5.(a)(1): Functioning of Lay Eucharistic
- D035 Amend Canon III.10: Clergy Licensed in churches Not in