Resolutions for General Convention 2012: My thoughts, such as they are

As longtime 7WD readers will know, I am serving as a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. As I prepare for this legislative extravaganza, I thought I’d post some thoughts about various resolutions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging my way through the so-called blue book and other resolutions.

Be it resolvedWhat you’ll see here is a list of resolutions and my current thinking about a vote. Some of my initial impressions will certainly change, based on insights, conversations, or reflections as the voting looms. And of course there will revisions to the texts, which could change my thinking. When I blog about one of the resolutions, you’ll find a link to that post here in the index. Enjoy.

THE SALMON PINK “BLUE” BOOK

A001: Amend Joint Rules of Order VII.17. Likely vote: YES.

A002: Amend Rules of Order VII.18. Likely vote: YES.

A003: Sites for the 79th General Convention. Likely vote: YES, but hoping for an amendment.

A004: General Convention Daily Agenda. Likely vote: YES.

A005: Adoption of the Budget. Likely vote: UNDECIDED, depends on what the budget looks like.

A006: Fund the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance. Likely vote: YES, but not without a grimace.

A007: Reaffirm the Five Marks of Mission for Budgeting. Likely vote: YES.

A008: Fund the House of Bishops Committee on Pastoral Development. Likely vote: YES.

A009: Fund the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church. Likely vote: YES.

A010: Non-Traditional Worshipping Communities and Quantifiable Measures of Mission. Likely vote: YES, but hoping for amendment.

A011: Reaffirm Commitment to Millennium Development Goals as a Mission Priority. Likely vote: YES.

A012: Advocate for a Just Global Economy for International Trade. Likely vote: NO.

A013: Study Genetically Modified Food Crops. Likely vote: NO.

A014: Engage in Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula. Likely vote: NO.

A015: Commend Democratic Movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Likely vote: NO.

A016: Commend the Responsibility to Protect from Mass Atrocities. Likely vote: NO.

A017: Monitor the Use and Ethics of Drone Warfare. Likely vote: NO.

A018: Support Aid for the Drought in the Horn of Africa. Likely vote: NO.

A019: Continue Advocacy for Peace in Sudan. Likely vote: NO.

A020: End the Embargo Against Cuba. Likely vote: NO.

A021: Advocate Humane Treatment for Cuban Prisoners. Likely vote: NO.

A022: Initiate Program of Accompaniment with the Dioceses of Colombia and Ecuador Central. Likely vote: NO.

A023: Encourage Prison Ministry Throughout The Episcopal Church. Likely vote: YES.

A024: Recognize Communications as Ministry. Likely vote: YES.

A025: Challenge Congregations to Develop Websites. Likely vote: YES.

A026: Develop a Strategic Plan for Information Technology. Likely vote: YES.

A027: Fund the Standing Commission on Communication and Information Technology. Likely vote: YES.

A028. Amend Constitution Article I, Section 2. Likely vote: NO.

A029. Amend Canon I.15.10. Likely vote: YES.

A030: Amend Canons: Canon III.7.8–10; Canon III.9.8–11; Canon III.12.7(a)–(c); Canon IV.16. Likely vote: YES.

A031: Amend Canon III.11.4(a). Likely vote: YES.

A032: Amend Canon 12.5(b)(3). Likely vote: YES.

A033: Amend Canons: Canon IV.2; Canon IV.5.3(i); Canon IV.6.7; Canon IV.11.5. Likely vote: YES.

A034: Amend Canon V.2. Likely vote: YES.

A035: Commit to Continued Interreligious Engagement. Likely vote: YES.

A036: Further Dialogue with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Likely vote: YES.

A037: Approve and Commend Guidelines for Ecumenical Shared Ministries. Likely vote: YES, though with some mixed feelings.

A038: Removal from Ecumenical Dialogues. Likely vote: NO, unless amended.

A039: Improve the Church’s Health Care Outreach. Likely vote: NO.

A040: Establish the Church as the Moral Voice of Health Care. Likely vote: NO.

A041: Amend Canon I.17. Likely vote: YES, but hoping for an amendment.

A042: Amend Canons: Canon I.1.1(b), Canon I.1.2(a), Canon I.2.5, Canon I.4.1(c), Canon I.4.3(d), Canon I.9.7, Canon III.4.1, Canon IV.17.3. Likely vote: YES.

A043: Amend Constitution Article I, Section 4. Likely vote: YES.

A044: Review Confirmation Requirements in Title III. Likely vote: YES, with some reluctance.

A045: Express Gratitude to the Consultation on Baptismal Theology. Likely vote: NO.

A046: Commend Continued Development of Lifelong Christian Formation. Likely vote: NO.

A047: Develop an Electronic Learning Community. Likely vote: NO, but I am willing to be persuaded otherwise.

A048: Form Congregational Song Task Force. Likely vote: YES.

A049: Authorize Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Gender Relationships. Likely vote: YES, but with reservations about the quality of the rite.

A050: Create Task Force on the Study of Marriage. Likely vote: YES.

A051: Continue Trial Use of Holy Women, Holy Men. Likely vote: NO.

A052: Identify Additional Church Calendar Commemorations. Likely vote: NO.

A053: Authorize Liturgical Materials for Honoring God in Creation. Likely vote: NO.

A054: Authorize Rites and Prayers for the Care of Beloved Animals. Likely vote: NO.

A055: Authorize Daily Prayer for All Seasons. Likely vote: NO.

A056: Continue Revision of the Book of Occasional Services. Likely vote: NO.

A057: Authorize Enriching Our Worship 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Likely vote: YES.

A058: Continue Addressing Christian Anti-Judaism. Likely vote: YES, though I have some concerns.

A059: Revise Book of Common Prayer for Revised Common Lectionary. Likely vote: NO, but I would vote yes if amended.

A060: Continue Work on Liturgies for Adoption of Children. Likely vote: YES.

A061: Amend Canon II.2. Likely vote: YES, but only if amended.

A062: Amend Canon II.3.5. Likely vote: YES, but an amendment is required.

A063: Fund Meetings of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. Likely vote: YES.

A064: Fund Liturgical Resource Work of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. Likely vote: NO, unless the amount is reduced.

A065: Add Canon III.12.9. Likely vote: YES.

A066: Add Canon III.9.14. Likely vote: YES.

A067: Theological Education: Ministry Formation. Likely vote: YES.

A068: Furthering the Ministry of all the Baptized. Likely vote: YES.

A069: Fund the Standing Commission on Ministry Development. Likely vote: YES.

A070: Develop a Multimedia-Based Evangelism Guide. Likely vote: YES.

A071: Amend Canon III.8.5(g)(5). Likely vote: NO, but I stand ready to be educated.

A072: Add Canon III.8(5)(h)(5). Likely vote: NO.

A073: Establish Diocesan Mission Enterprise Zones. Likely vote: NO.

A074: Identify and Deploy Lay Evangelists. Likely vote: YES.

A075: Restructure General Convention and Church Governance. Likely vote: YES.

A076: Strengthen Small Congregations. Likely vote: YES.

A077: Model Prisoner Ministry. Likely vote: NO.

A078: A Right to Human Identity. Likely vote: NO.

A079: American Civil Liberties. Likely vote: NO.

A080: Income Tax Reform. Likely vote: NO.

A081: Call for Reform Certain of Interest Rates. Likely vote: NO.

A082: Call for Reform of Mortgage Lending Practices. Likely vote: NO.

A083: Advocate for Reforming Credit Reporting. Likely vote: NO.

A084: Establish Episcopal Credit Union. Likely vote: NO.

A085: Asset Based Community Development. Likely vote: YES.

A086: Native Communities. Likely vote: NO, but I can easily be persuaded otherwise.

A087: Resolution on Wealth. Likely vote: NO.

A088: Set Expectations for Steward Leaders. Likely vote: YES.

A089: Holy Habits and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Likely vote: NO.

A090: Endorse the Principle of Subsidiarity. Likely vote: YES, but only if amended.

A091: Reduce Diocesan Apportionments. Likely vote: NO.

A092: Length of the 78th General Convention. Likely vote: NO.

A093: Fund for the Length of the 78th General Convention. Likely vote: NO.

A094: Establish Financial Assistance Fund for Deputies. Likely vote: YES.

A095: Frequency of Interim Meetings of the House of Bishops. Likely vote: NO.

A096: Reduce Barriers to participation in Church Leadership and Governance. Likely vote: NO.

A097: Fund Initial Joint-CCAB Meeting Following the 78th General Convention. Likely vote: YES.

A098: Fund Initial Joint-CCAB Meeting Following the 77th General Convention. Likely vote: YES.

A099: Fund Web-Based Mid-Triennium CCAB Meeting. Likely vote: YES.

A100: Coordinate Church Reform and Restructuring. Likely vote: YES, but only if amended.

A101: Convene Consultation on Diocesan Effectiveness. Likely vote: YES.

A102: Amend Article V of the Constitution. Likely vote: YES.

A103: Study Title IV Disciplinary Canons. Likely vote: YES.

A104: Amend Canon I.4.3(a). Likely vote: YES.

A105: Amend Canon I.2.1. Likely vote: YES.

A106: Amend Canon I.9. Likely vote: YES.

A107: Amend Canon I.1.5. Likely vote: YES.

A108: Episcopal Partnerships for Global Mission. Likely vote: NO.

A109: Covenant Relationship Funding. Likely vote: YES.

A110: Covenant Committee Gathering. Likely vote: YES.

A111: Update Covenant Committee Term Limits. Likely vote: YES.

A112: Joint Committee on Provincial Companionship Agreement. Likely vote: NO.

A113: Commend Work of Missionaries. Likely vote: NO.

A114: Increase Mission Funding. Likely vote: YES.

A115: Province IX Funding. Likely vote: YES.

A116: Amend Canon I.3, Article III. Likely vote: YES.

A117: Amend Canon I.4.1(c). Likely vote: YES.

A118: Amend Canon I.4.3(d). Likely vote: YES.

A119: Amend Canon I.1.13. Likely vote: YES.

A120: Amend Canon I.1.1(b). Likely vote: YES.

A121: Amend Canon I.4.3(g). Likely vote: YES.

A122: Financial Oversight and Budgeting Process. Likely vote: YES, if this means what I think it means.

A123: Amend Canon I.4.3(e). Likely vote: YES.

A124: Amend Joint Rule 10(a). Likely vote: YES.

A125: Recommit to the Work of Anti-Racism. Likely vote: YES, but with concerns.

A126: Consideration of the Anglican Covenant. Likely vote: NO.

A127: Recommit to Being Anti-Racists for the Next Three Triennia (Until 2018). Likely vote: NO, though I support the aims of this resolution.

A128: Direct Dioceses to Examine Impact of Doctrine of Discovery. Likely vote: YES.

A129: Increase Aid for Ministry with Native Peoples. Likely vote: YES, but hoping for an amendment.

A130: Increase Program Budget of Office of Native Ministries. Likely vote: NO, but I am open to changing my mind.

A131: Express Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. Likely vote: YES, if amended.

A132: Dismantling of the Effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. Likely vote: YES, but with concerns.

A133: Financial Support for the Indigenous Theological Training Institute. Likely vote: YES.

A134: Refocus the Mission of the Jubilee Advisory Committee for Poverty Alleviation. Likely vote: NO.

A135: Focus Mission Funding on Alleviating Poverty and Injustice. Likely vote: YES.

A136: Affirming the Compatibility of Science and the Christian Faith. Likely vote: NO.

A137: Strengthening Families. Likely vote: NO.

A138: Ending Statelessness Discrimination Against Women. Likely vote: NO.

A139: Gender Violence. Likely vote: YES.

A140: Advocate for Maternal and Infant Health. Likely vote: YES.

A141: Fund Meetings of the Council of Episcopal Women’s Organizations. Likely vote: YES.

A142: Study Expansion of Canonical Residency. Likely vote: YES.

A143: Develop a Search Toolkit. Likely vote: YES.

A144: Monitor Women and Other Underrepresented Groups. Likely vote: YES.

A145: Continue Dialogue in the Anglican Communion. Likely vote: NO.

A146: Budget Appropriation for The Archives of the Episcopal Church. Likely vote: YES.

A147: Continue Forward Movement. Likely vote: YES, except that I will find a way not to vote on this one, as it is a conflict of interest.

A148: Special Committee to Consider Standards for Formation and Ordination. Likely vote: YES.

A149: Fund the Board for Transition Ministry. Likely vote: NO.

A150: Develop Nine-Year Vision and Budget Cycle. Likely vote: NO.

A151: Response to the Call of The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation. Likely vote: NO.

A152: Recognition and Action on Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. Likely vote: YES, if amended.

A153: Continuing the Task Force on Older Adult Ministries. Likely vote: NO, but I am persuadable otherwise.

A154: Call to Celebrate Older Americans Month. Likely vote: NO.

A155: Continuous Cycle of Strategic Planning & Oversight. Likely vote: YES.

A156: Amend Constitution Article I.4 [Second Reading]. Likely vote: YES.

A157: Amend Constitution Article II.2 [Second Reading]. Likely vote: YES.

A158: Amend Article VIII of the Constitution [Second Reading]. Likely vote: YES.

B001: Amend Canon I.8.1. Likely vote: YES.

B002: Health and Lay Pension Plans. Likely vote: NO, unless amended.

B003: Increasing pension options for schools. Likely vote: YES.

B005: Ongoing Commitment to The Anglican Covenant Process. Likely vote: YES.

B006: Affirming the Anglican Covenant. Likely vote: NO.

C001: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C005: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C006: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C007: Special Commission on Ministerial Structures and Strategy. Likely vote: NO.

C008: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C011: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C012: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C013: Add Whiting Griswold to HWHM. Likely vote: NO.

C014: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C016: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C017: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C019: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C020: Reorganization of The Episcopal Church. Likely vote: NO.

C021: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C022: Healthcare. Likely vote: NO.

C023: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C024: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C026: Middle East Peace. Likely vote: NO.

C027: Deferral of Implementation of Denominational Health Plan. Likely vote: NO.

C028: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C029: Access to Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Likely vote: YES.

C030: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C031: Study impact of GC2009-A177. Likely vote: NO.

C034: Revising Denominational Health Plan Mandate. Likely vote: NO.

C035: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C036: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C037: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C038: Relief for the Homeless and Poor. Likely vote: YES.

C039: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C040: Open Table. Likely vote: NO.

C041: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C042: Extend implementation period for Lay Employee Pension Plan (LEPP). Likely vote: NO.

C043: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C044: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C045: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C046: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C047: Suspend and Reconsider GC2009-A177. Likely vote: NO.

C048: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C051: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C052: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C053: Add Dr. Artemisia Bowden to Liturgical Calendar. Likely vote: NO.

C054: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C058: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C060: Peace in Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C061: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C062: Pursuit of Justice in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C063: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C064: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C065: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C067: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C068: Suspension of Denominational Health Plan. Likely vote: NO.

C070: Addition of the Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano to HWHM. Likely vote: NO.

C076: Theology of Marriage. Likely vote: NO, but I am easily persuadable.

C077: Condemning the Practice of Wage Theft. Likely vote: YES.

C079: Oppose Dangerous Fracking. Likely vote: NO.

C080: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C081: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C084: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C085: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C086: Poverty. Likely vote: YES.

C087: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C088: Delay GC2009-A177. Likely vote: NO.

C089: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C090: Add Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, George W. Foote and Edward N. Goddard to HWHM. Likely vote: NO.

C092: Pursuing a Just Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

C093: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C094: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C095: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C096: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C097: Structural Reform. Likely vote: YES.

C104: Pursuing a Just Peace in Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Likely vote: YES.

D003: Gun Free Zones. Likely vote: YES, as long as it does’t get amended to read Gunn Free Zones.

D005: Rule of Law for Terrorists. Likely vote: NO.

D006: Consideration of a Covenant for Communion in Mission. Likely vote: NO.

D007: Response to the Anglican Covenant. Likely vote: NO.

D008: Affirm Anglican Communion Participation. Likely vote: YES, if this is the one that makes it out of committee.

D010: Ensure Provincial Representation on Restructure Commission. Likely vote: NO.

D011: Reform Unequal Immigration Law. Likely vote: YES, but only if amended.

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