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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from the Episcopal Church

Establishment of Environment Commission

Final Resolution from the
76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, July 2009

Resolution A035: Establish Standing Commission on the Environment

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention urge the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies to establish a Group to evaluate the current system of standing commissions as a method "to study and draft policy proposals on major subjects considered to be of continuing concern to the mission of the Church" (canon I.1.2a); and be it further

Resolved, That the Group explore and consider proposing alternative methods and structures for accomplishing this task of proposing policy, including mission priorities; and be it further

Resolved, that no new Standing Commissions be established at this 76th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, that the Group report its findings to the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

Submission Rationale:

The Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns did an initial study on water during the current triennium. We looked at it from the political manifestations of commoditization and as a source of and reason for conflict and war. We did not have the skills or time to study this or other matters affecting the environment which are equally serious and life-threatening. We have little policy in this Church on the environment, which limits the Presiding Bishop and the Office of Governmental Affairs in their capacity to speak for the Church and to work to safeguard the environment. Theologically, when God said to Adam and Eve, "have dominion over the earth," we believe God meant for humanity to be in relationship with the earth as God (dominus) is, to live in love with "this fragile earth, our island home," and be caring of it.


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The EpEN is a national network of active lay and clergy persons within the Episcopal Church, USA, who share a common concern for the environment and a common belief in the presence of God in all Creation and who work to make these concerns and beliefs known throughout all Provinces and Dioceses within the church. Members come from around the Episcopal Church USA. The activities of the EpEN are focused on the areas of Reflection, Education, and Action.

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