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Eco-Justice Resolutions
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Develop Awareness of the Five Marks of Mission

Proposed Resolution for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA, June-July 2015

Resolution 2015-A072: Develop Awareness of the Five Marks of Mission

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention affirm that the Five Marks of Mission adopted by the 76th General Convention in Resolution D027 are central to the work of the Church, its dioceses, its congregations, and the formation of its members; and be it further

Resolved, That the 78th General Convention direct that educational materials for instructing Episcopalians about the Five Marks of Mission (including separate curricula for children, youth, young adults, and adults) be developed, publicized, and disseminated; and be it further

Resolved, That in addition to printed versions of educational materials and curricula for the Five Marks of Mission, online versions of the educational materials and curricula be made available on The Episcopal Church website and on other Electronic Resource Centers (such as those maintained by Forma, Anglicans Online, the Center for Spiritual Resources, and others); and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church Center publicize the availability of educational materials and curricula for the Five Marks of Mission to dioceses and congregations; and be it further

Resolved, That the 78th General Convention direct dioceses and congregations to use materials that instruct persons about the Five Marks of Mission, such as Marked for Mission (for youth and young adults); and be it further
Resolved, That dioceses and congregations adopt the practice of intentionally and publicly stating how each of their activities relates to the Five Marks of Mission.


Proposer: SC on Lifelong Christian Formation and Education

Explanation:

For the Five Marks of Mission to become truly central to the life of The Episcopal Church and its members, the Church needs to educate itself at all levels (congregations, dioceses, camps, and seminaries) about the Five Marks of Mission.

This means that excellent teaching resources should be developed for all levels - for children, youth, young adults, and adults. These resources need to be made available and publicized on The Episcopal Church website and in other appropriate ways so that all Episcopalians and others will be aware of the Five Marks and The Episcopal Church's commitment to them.

To emphasize and inculcate this centrality, dioceses and congregations should adopt the practice of stating how each of their activities relates to the Five Marks. For example, each action undertaken by a vestry or diocese should be directly related to one or more of the Five Marks, and this relationship should be understood by the persons taking the action.

By consistently relating actions to one or more of the Five Marks, Episcopalians will become more aware of the Five Marks of Mission and their importance in the life of the Church.

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