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Executive Council Resolution prior to
66th General Convention (1979)
of the Episcopal Church, USA

The 66th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, USA met in Denver, CO, in July 1979. Prior to the General Convention, the Executive Council passed the following Resolution relating to the environment:

Appropriation to Fund an Energy Policy Task Force

Executive Council Resolution EXC091977.38

Whereas, The destiny of the United States of America and the survival of our form of democracy is dependent upon the way in which we solve the crisis of energy and ecology; and

Whereas, This makes it imperative that the next General Convention should have before it reliable information and expert opinions on this subject; and

Whereas, The Church must develop a program on this subject for the education of lay and clergy persons throughout the Church through its parishes; therefore be it

Resolved, That an appropriation of $10,000 per year for the next two years for a total of $20,000 be appropriated from the Julia A. Gallaher Memorial Fund 1 to initiate the following program:

October - December 1977

1. Form an Energy Policy Task Force. This might recruit for its membership Episcopal lay people knowledgeable about the energy industry, energy technology, politics, economics, social and human impacts of energy policy, environmentalists, ethicists, theologians and just plain Christians.

January - June 1978

2. Involve six dioceses and one parish in each of those dioceses in the Energy Policy Program. Task Force members might be recruited from some of these parishes and/or dioceses. Each parish would organize a study team to review and respond to the first draft of the Energy Policy Study Paper. The bishop in each of the six diocese might also arrange a discussion of the first draft with a group of lay people in his diocese.

3. Produce a draft of an Energy Policy Study Paper.

July - September 1978

4. Develop within the Church an informed discussion so that opinions and motivations to carry out a program on energy and ecology can evolve.

October - December 1978

5. Revise in the light of the comment and prepare a study guide.

January - June 1979

6. Promote wide study of the paper in congregations.

July - August 1979

7. Submit information and prepare recommendations for General Convention action.

from: Executive Council Minutes, Sep. 16-18, 1977, Greenwich, CT, pp. 43-44.

Source: Archives of the Episcopal Church


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The Episcopal Ecological Network (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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