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Eco-Justice Resolutions
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Addition to Baptismal Covenant Language

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

Resolution 2015-C015: Addition to Baptismal Covenant Language

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 78th General Convention authorize the trial addition to the Baptismal Covenant of a sixth question concerning our responsibility as baptized Christians to care for God's creation; and be it further

Resolved, That the additional question and response be worded as follows:
"Will you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect the beauty and integrity of all creation?
I will, with God's help." ; and be it further

Resolved, That use of this additional question and response be authorized for trial use as part of the Baptismal Covenant for the triennium 2016 - 2018.

Proposer: Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut


This resolution began at the 229th Convention of the Diocese of Connecticut, which authorized the Bishops to create a Working Group to: draft liturgical language expanding the Baptismal Covenant; offer it to congregations for study; and consider submitting the proposed language and study report to The Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. The Working Group presented its report to the 230th Convention of the Diocese of Connecticut, with the conviction that advancing the proposed resolution directly to General Convention is the best response to the increasingly urgent imperative and longing many congregations expressed to recognize our shared calling to care for creation.

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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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