Resolutions approved by the 140th convention

R14-01 PRAYER SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE EBOLA CRISIS IN WEST AFRICA

Whereas, we are members of a global community of brothers and sisters, and the prediction of the loss of an untold number of deaths from the deadly Ebola virus is becoming a reality, and threats to the lives and health of our brothers and sisters in West Africa, specifically those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are also threats to us, and

Whereas, as Christians, one of our strongest talents is fervent prayer, and we believe in the power of prayer to transform the world and fulfill God’s wish for us for health and wellbeing; therefore be it

Resolved, that all congregations, offices and meetings in the Diocese of Southern Ohio include a prayerful petition for the elimination of the epidemic of Ebola and protection for all those who are in danger because of the epidemic, including victims, families, health care workers, and those ignorant of the causes and prevention of transmission of the virus. This prayerful petition will be offered at meetings, church services and in personal daily prayers for the duration of the epidemic; and be it further

Resolved, that when the epidemic is eradicated, as documented by the World Health Organization’s announcement, that prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for those who have been affected by the epidemic be offered.

The resolution passed.

 

R14-02 DIRECTING THE SUPPORT OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Resolved, that the 140th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio reaffirms the resolution of the 75th General Convention of the Episcopal Church to make the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the priority of every individual and congregation in this diocese; and be it further

Resolved, that each congregation in this diocese renew its commitment to regular prayer to the achieving of the MDGs, which are to: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development; and be it further

Resolved, that individuals and congregations continue to support the MDGs by giving at the 0.7% level; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio continue to support the MDGs at a minimum of 0.7% of the diocesan budget.

The resolution passed.

 

R14-03 MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio affirm our commitment to equality in society and in the sacraments of the Church, including both the legal and the sacramental covenants of marriage, and affirm the right of every qualified couple to seek the legal recognition and the Church´s blessing of their marriage, regardless of the gender of the persons involved; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio encourage our members to make use of the body of study and discussion on this matter in our Church, to promote understanding among Christians and among those who have been shunned by churches; to witness that our Church recognizes the presence of Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in godly, committed, faithful lesbian and gay couples; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio encourage our members to advocate for marriage equality in this and every State; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio authorize its General Convention Deputation to prepare a Resolution to General Convention, memorializing the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in authorizing the Blessing of Marriages for all couples permitted to marry by the State, with the necessary Canonical and Prayer Book amendments, and authorizing the use of new liturgies permitted for Blessing of a Holy Union (now to be considered and named Holy Matrimony or Marriage) for qualified couples regardless of their orientation. *

An amended resolution was presented by resolution’s authors:

R14-03 MARRIAGE EQUALITY

[Proposed Substitute Resolution]

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio affirm our commitment to equality in society and in the sacraments of the Church, including both the legal and the sacramental covenants of marriage; and affirm the right of every qualified couple to seek the legal recognition and the Church´s blessing of their marriage, regardless of the gender of the persons involved; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio encourage our members to make use of the body of study and discussion on this matter in our Church, to promote understanding among Christians and among those who have been shunned by churches; to witness that our Church recognizes the presence of Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in godly, committed, faithful lesbian and gay couples; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio encourage our members to advocate for marriage equality in this and every State; and be it further

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio urge the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church to take any and all steps necessary to make the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage available to same-sex couples, by the same standards applying to heterosexual couples, throughout The Episcopal Church immediately.

An amendment to the fourth resolve was proposed and approved:

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio urge the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church to take any and all steps necessary to make the Celebration and Blessing of Marriage available to same-sex couples, by the same standards applying to heterosexual couples, throughout The Episcopal Church by due process with all due haste.

The substitute resolution was approved as amended.