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Committee 1: Rules of Order

The sanctum sanctorum for church nerds: the committee on rules of order. We will look at proposed changes for both the joint rules (for bishops and deputies), as well as those for the House of Deputies. If you’re a bishop or deputy, pay attention. If not, perhaps move along.

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Committee 19: Title III ministry

Today’s theme in Resolutionpalooza is Title III, the ministry canons of the Episcopal Church. There are no proposals here about the baptismal ministry of all Christians, just some (important) stuff on religious folk and clergy.

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Committee 16: Safety, wellness & mental health

Resolutionpalooza continues today with a look at all the resolutions heading to committee 16 on safety, wellness, and mental health. The name of this committee causes me to want to write a resolution making it a Title IV offense to omit the Oxford comma, but I digress.

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Committee 14: Ecumenical & interreligious relations

This batch of resolutions considers resolutions about ecumenical and interfaith work. The former is important because we must seek to repair Christ’s Body, the church, and to seek unity. The latter is important because we need to love our neighbors, and that means talking about the most important things, matters of faith.

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Committee 13: Stewardship & socially responsible investing

Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How are we doing, church? These resolutions are all about how we invest the funds of the Episcopal Church and other church institutions. Finally we are beginning to take some strides toward moving our hearts by reinvesting our funds.

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Committee 12: Agencies & boards

Today we look at resolutions about agencies & boards. Probably the most noteworthy material concerns the “Denominational” Health Plan. Read on to learn why I used scare quotes and to see how we can lower costs of our health insurance coverage in the church!

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Committee 11: Formation & discipleship

Time to look at six resolutions geared toward formation & discipleship. While there are only six, this is of course not the only place where discipleship resolutions come up. But still, let’s hope for MORE discipleship, not just resolutions, but the practice of discipleship at General Convention and in our church.