We are considering resolutions which might bring about transformational change in our church, in many lives, and indeed in the whole world. When we preach the Good News and share it, when we take seriously our work as disciples of Jesus Christ, all sorts of good things happen. Yes, parliamentary procedure can lead to all this. We’ll be looking at three great evangelism resolutions from deputies in this post.
Several dioceses have submitted resolutions on liturgical matters, including resolutions on encouraging the communion of unbaptized people. There are also resolutions for a constitutional amendment and edits to the baptismal covenant. The topic of communion without regard to baptism is an important one, so I hope everyone will pray, study, and listen before voting.
This is the twenty-eighth post in a series on resolutions for General Convention 2015. See also the index of resolutions and the list of resources related to #GC78. When I blogged the resolutions on our calendar of saints...
Even and especially in the middle of mind-numbing parliamentary maneuvers, Jesus is there. Even and especially when we disagree, Jesus is there. When we gather for daily Eucharist, Jesus is there. When we meet friends for a meal, Jesus is there. When we are challenged with new ideas or we challenge others with our ideas, Jesus is there.
The budget is where the rubber hits the road. If you want to see the values of any organization, look at its budget. At General Convention, the budgeting process usually takes center stage (or close to it) and rightly so. If you’re new to General Convention, you’ll be learning a whole host of acronyms and abbreviations. Make sure you learn PB&F.
For those just tuning in, let me remind you that I fully support our church’s continued move to bless and marry same-sex couples. My only questions are about how to do that. In this post, I share some hopes about how we might proceed.
There are a number of resolutions dealing with church structure among the currently submitted resolutions by dioceses, provinces, and deputies. Let’s look at the structure resolutions from dioceses and provinces today, noting that the common theme is to increase flexibility to engage with the needs of the world and the church.
As I survey the resolutions from bishops, dioceses, provinces, and deputies, I see quite a few resolutions dealing with political and public policy matters. Here we look at a whole slew of politics and public policy resolutions. I’m going to deal with Israel/Palestine resolutions separately.
While our nine provinces certainly do some good, they also add a layer of polity that we should be able to trim way to free up resources of time and money for other work. It’s important that no one think that I or anyone else would say provinces do no good. Rather, the opportunity cost of keeping them is higher than what they accomplish.
This Wednesday, at 3 p.m. EDT, I will be talking online with the Crusty Old Dean. We’ll be doing this on a live Google Hangout called “A ‘Seven-Whole-Crusty’ Perspective on #GC78 (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blue Book).”
Our current President of the House of Deputies, the Rev’d Gay Jennings, has expressed her desire to reform the way the House of Deputies does business — and also to work for General Convention as a whole to legislate more efficiently. Some of this work can be done simply in the way the PHoD carries out her work. Much of the reform effort relies on streamlined and revised Rules of Order for the House of Deputies.
Whatever we do at this General Convention, I hope we will do it graciously. We should be kind to one another, and we should realize that we have things to learn from those with whom we differ. In our speech and in our action, I hope we will model the love of Jesus Christ which is the same love that animates the very marriages we are discussing.