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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from the Episcopal Church

Endorsement of the Earth Charter

Proposed Resolution for the 76th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, July 2009

Resolution C064: Endorsement of the Earth Charter

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention endorse the Earth Charter including its Preamble and direct the Secretary of General Convention to refer it to an interim body for recommendations as to specific action steps including the provision of biblical, theological and spiritual resources for environmental justice; and be it further

Resolved, that the 76th General Convention encourage dioceses, congregations, agencies, and individuals to take action consonant with the Earth Charter locally, nationally and internationally.


Proposer: Diocese of New York


The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century ( It developed from the grass roots, not the U.N. or NGOs and is the result of the most inclusive and participatory worldwide process ever associated with the drafting of an international declaration. The Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life and future generations. It is a blueprint for local and global ministry, a vision of hope and a call to action. Our Diocesan Council and Social Concerns Commission have joined hundreds of religious organizations and leaders in endorsing the Charter.

Now is a critical moment in the history of God's creation, a time when we must choose our future. Our common destiny calls us to seek a new beginning, a fundamental change of heart and mind, a clear recognition of global interdependence and universal responsibility. We must act now to achieve sustainability, justice and peace.

A copy of The Earth Charter is available here.

Note: This resolution is identical to C044.
Original text available here
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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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