Resolution Condemning Domestic Violence Adopted By The Episcopal Church

The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church is an elected body representing the whole church.  It has the duty to carry out programs and policies adopted by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. The Executive Council met in Late February and adopted a resolution condemning Domestic Violence.  Please see below for the full text of the resolution.

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Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 10.36.50 AMMarch 4, 2016

AN 006 CONDEMNATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The following is a true copy of a Resolution adopted by the Executive Council at its meeting from February 26 – 28, 2016, at which a quorum was present and voting.

Resolved, That the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, from February 26-28, 2016, declare its condemnation of all manifestations and instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity of the victim, and whether the incidents are in the victim’s home, work place, on the streets, in war and war- like conflicts, or anywhere else; and be it further

Resolved, That the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church declare its commitment to support legislative, judicial, and other forms of government and official actions that protect the rights of victims and survivors of these violent acts, including, but not limited to:

• increased funding for victims for support services, for trauma informed care, for prevention, and for education on safe relationships geared toward teens;
• increased training for all professionals connected to the legal system, to assist them in understanding the needs and safety concerns of victims, and the dynamics of domestic and partner violence;

• effective and efficient processes for obtaining victim protective orders (VPO) for all victims, including funding and procedures for the appointment of attorneys to represent victims seeking protective orders; • consistent and firm implementation of legal penalties and enforcement of protective orders against the perpetrators of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking in order to hold perpetrators accountable and keep victims safe;

• prevention programs directed at perpetrators and prevention programs that educate victims and potential victims of their legal rights;
• changes in the way that family courts handle cases of domestic violence so that domestic violence issues are not shunted to a separate court and ignored in divorce and custody cases;
• increased training for police officers, to help them respond safely and effectively to the needs of survivors, and connect survivors to supportive resources;
• enabling off-site victim testimony in trials related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking so that victims are not traumatized by the presence of the perpetrator in the courtroom.
• helping victims become financially independent in instances where their dependence on their domestic partners or spouses force them to remain in dangerous homes; and

• speedy processing and protection from destruction of rape kits so that the rights of victims of sexual violence are protected until trial; and be it further

Resolved, That the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church urge all Episcopalians to strive for justice and healing for victims of any kind of violence through listening, believing, prayer, education, advocacy, trauma informed pastoral care, and action.

The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe
Secretary of Executive Council and
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America

Diocesan Convention Is Coming Up Soon. Register Now!

Convention2015 draft logoDiocesan Convention 2015

November 6-7, 2015, Gannon University, Yehl Ballroom – Erie, PA

Hosted by The Cathedral of St. Paul

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This year’s resolutions include: Resolution A – Minimum Stipends for 2016; Resolution B – Proposed 2016 Budget & Proposed 2016 Assessments; Resolution C – Clarification of Canon II (Added 10/16/2015); Resolution D – Clarification of Parish Status (Added 10/16/2015); Resolution E – Formation of a Mission (Added 10/16/2015).

We will also be voting for members of Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Constitution and Canons & Provincial Synod.

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Bishop Sean Signs on to “A Memorial to the Church”

Excerpted from a press release

Group calls for The Episcopal Church “to act with boldness to proclaim the gospel”

Bishop Sean along with a group of General Convention deputies, bishops, and others have released A Memorial to the Church (click here to see), calling for The Episcopal Church to “act with boldness to proclaim the gospel.” One member of the group, the Rev. Adam Trambley, deputy from Northwestern Pennsylvania said, “We hope this letter to the church will prompt significant action both at General Convention and among all Episcopalians.”

Inspired by the conversation begun by the Task Force to Reimagine the Episcopal Church, the memorial calls for the church “to recommit itself to the spiritual disciplines at the core of our common life, to go into our neighborhoods boldly with church planters and church revitalizers, and to restructure our church for the mission God is laying before us today.”

General Convention typically considers resolutions, but The Episcopal Church’s canons and rules of order also provide for memorials, which are written in the form of letters to the church. The Muhlenberg Memorial of 1853 is perhaps the most famous of the the memorials, and while its immediate effect was slight, it changed the conversation inside the church in a way that later led to liturgical change and other shifts to meet the needs of that time. The hope is that this memorial will lead to change within our church to promote evangelism and discipleship.

The Rev. Susan Brown Snook, deputy from Arizona, said, “In addition to the memorial, our group is offering several resolutions (Click here to see) to support the call to discipleship and transformation.” She added that signers to the memorial do not necessarily support any or all of the nine resolutions.

The package of resolutions includes action
— Encouraging a significant commitment to church planting
— Promoting revitalization of existing congregations
— Amending the Constitution & Canons to permit more structural flexibility
— Clarifying roles of churchwide officers
— Creating a task force to look at episcopal elections
— Eliminating the provincial structure within The Episcopal Church

The text of the memorial and all nine resolutions, along with explanatory material, is available at www.episcopalresurrection.org. Those who wish to add their names as signatories should email endorse@episcopalresurrection.org and include their full name and whether they are a bishop, deputy, alternate deputy, or other. Those who endorse the memorial may not necessarily agree with the nine resolutions proposed by the drafting committee.

These materials were written by a group consisting of Trambley and Brown Snook, along with the Rev. Tom Ferguson; the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, deputy from Southern Ohio; the Rev. Canon Frank Logue, deputy from Georgia; Mr. Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, deputy from Indianapolis; and the Rev. Steve Pankey, deputy from Central Gulf Coast.

The quote below is excerpted from “A Memorial to the Church:”

“We have a choice before us. We can continue, valiantly and tragically, to try to save all the rights and privileges we have previously enjoyed. We can continue to watch our church dwindle until it someday becomes an endowed museum to the faith of our forebears. We can continue business as usual until we lose our common life entirely.

Or we can lose our life for Jesus’ sake so that we might save it.”