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2013 Convention Actions Summary

Constitution & Canons

  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 1.2 – Lay Deputies: requires certification of deputies no later than 15 days preceding the convention.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 2.2 – Voting and Elections: deletes the paragraph since duplicative of Canon 1.3.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 4 – Commission on Ministry:  establishes four year terms with eligibility to serve two consecutive terms.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 6 – Department of Finance: consistence use of The Episcopal Church.
  • Defeat of an amendment to Canon 8.2 – District Convocations: convention voted not to permit affiliation with a district by canonically resident clergy who are not geographically resident in the diocese.
  • Adoption of removal of the term Aided Parish in several sections of Canon 9:  Canon 9.1 – Classification of Congregations; Canon 9. 4 – Registers and Reports; Canon 9.5 – Qualification of Voters; Canon 9.6 – Qualification of Officers; Canon 9.7 – Boundaries of Parishes, Aided Parishes, Incorporated Missions and Missions; Canon 9.8 – Clergy Compensation; (the references to Aided Parishes were not deleted from Canon 9.10 – Incorporated Missions); Canon 9.12 – Emergency Powers.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 9.9 – Aided Parishes: congregations currently classified as aided parishes will continue as such.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 9.3.c – Creation of Missions:  deletes reference to Archdeacon and replaces with designee of the bishop.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 9.8 – Clergy Compensation:  deleted the words “full time” in provision of not less than the minimum stipend established by convention.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 12 – Archdeacons:  grants flexibility to the bishop in the appointment of archdeacons.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 15 – Trustees of the Fund for Aged and Infirmed Clergy: provides consistent approach and more precise determination of actual amount for distribution for both the Fund and the Automatic Pension Fund.
  • Adoption of amendment to Canon 20 – Interpretation of Canons:  consistent use of “clergy” to replace “presbyter”; and requires canonically residency for a clergy person to request a chancellor’s opinion.

Resolutions

Resolution 1:  Diocesan Mission Enterprise Zones

  • Affirms the creation of Mission Enterprise Zones in the diocese
  • Affirms the application to the Episcopal Church Mission Enterprise Fund

Resolution 2: A Call to Understand Wealth Disparity and the Future of the Diocese of Newark

  • Encourages Diocesan Council to hold two or more regional hearings to explore the significance of wealth disparity of wealth in our communities and report results to the 140th Convention.

Resolution 3: Engaging Poverty and the Work of Economic Justice (the resolution was amended)

  • Commits the diocese to teaching, organizing, preaching, advocating and building mutually transformative relationships with those who are poor to focus the mission of the diocese and our congregations on reducing poverty and increasing economic and racial justice.

Resolution 4: Responding to Superstorm Sandy and Climate Change

  • Urges congregations to reduce their annual energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10% by 12/31/13.
  • Urges members of all congregations to reduce their annual energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10% by 12/31/13.
  • Calls upon GreenFaith to plan a Plant-A-Tree program and to report to the diocese.
  • Directs the leadership of the diocesan endowments and investment accounts to analyze the impact of a plan to divest within 5 years from direct ownership and ownership of comingled funds of the world’s leading 200 fossil fuel companies and to report to the 140th Convention.
  • Calls upon the 78th General Convention to direct the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of Executive Council to complete a similar analysis by June 30, 2016 and present to the Executive Council by December 31, 2016.
  • Directs the Secretary of Convention to convey the resolution to the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of Executive Council with the request for immediate action of a similar analysis for the 78th General Convention.
  • Encourages Diocesan Council to partner with GreenFaith to implement the resolution and to report to the 140th Convention.

Resolution 5:  A Call for Economic Reconciliation Through Socially Responsible Banking

  • Encourages congregations to engage in conversations on our relationships to economic inequality and economic class.
  • Encourages the diocese to study the impact of divesting from bank and financial institutions implicated in the foreclosure and financial crisis.
  • Encourages congregations, members of congregations, the DIT, and other institutions to conduct the same impact study.
  • Encourages diocese, congregations and individuals to invest in local financial institution that engage in just economic practices.

Resolution 6: Addressing Violence in Our Communities

  • Recognizes that violence is incongruous to our Christian values.
  • Encourages the diocese to prayer and action to overcome a culture of violence including gun violence.
  • Directs the Justice Board to oversee this effort and report to the 140th Convention.

Human Resources Advisory Committee

  • Mandated minimum cash salaries for priests (rector, vicar or priest-in-charge), assistants and transitional deacons (3.95%, 4.00% and 3.88% increases for 2014, respectively)
  • Recommended merit increase scale for clergy
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Resource Date: 
Jan 26, 2013