Resolutions

All 2018 resolutions, received before December 31, 2017 once reviewed by the Committee on Constitutions and Canons, will be displayed as a PDF file below.  Minor adjustments to text are possible and would be presented at Council.

Concerning Resolution 2-2018 – An initial version of proposed Resolution 2-2018 was presented by the Budget Task Force at the PreCouncil meetings in each of the convocations (you may view the original version here).  Following the PreCouncil meetings, the members of the Budget Task Force and a group of delegates worked to expand and clarify the original resolution.  Specifically, the authors and editors wished:

  1. To anchor the resolution in our diocesan core value of reconciliation;
  2. To expand the resolution’s focus from only disagreement to also include agreement;
  3. To re-frame the resolution to be a positive statement about building relationships and mutual understanding within the Diocese and between the Diocese and the larger Church;
  4. To more closely follow and respond to the Whereas statements of the original resolution; and
  5. To give clarity and specificity about the desired actions.

ORIGINAL Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b (Link to PDF of Original.)

The resulting Resolution 2-2018 below is hereby offered in place of the original 2-2018 distributed at PreCouncil.

FINAL Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b (Link to PDF of Final.)

Background information for Resolutions 2-2018 and 3-2018 is below the Scribd.com information.

Six resolutions will come before the 114th Annual Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas listed below, or Download a PDF file here.

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Background information:

A request was presented at the San Antonio pre-council meeting for additional documentation referenced in proposed resolutions 2-2018 (Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b) and 3-2018 (Initial Response to General Convention Resolution D013) concerning Budget line items 1a and 1b. This documentation is included below.

Resolution 7-2017 was passed during the 113th Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas  in 2017 and authorized a Special Task Force on the Diocesan Budget. Link to PDF here.

2015-D013 was a resolution passed by the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in 2015 concerning a mandatory diocesan assessment of 15% effective January 1, 2019.  Link to PDF here.

A Preamble to the Conversation on 2015-D013 presented at the Council of Advice on September 14, 2017 by the Budget Task Force. Link to PDF here.

A Preamble on Line 1a and 1b of the diocesan Council resolutions that created and defined them, and presented to the Council of Advice on September 14, 2017 by the Budget Task Force. Link to PDF here.


Canon 1, section 15, all resolutions presented to Council for action must be in writing and must be presented to the Secretary of the Diocese (The Rev. David Read) no later than December 31 prior to Council:  December 31, 2017 for the 2018 Council. Any resolution presented later than December 31 will not be considered by Council unless two-thirds of Council vote to consider said resolution. Additionally, any resolution dealing with “serious moral issues that deeply concern national or international affairs” must be submitted to the Secretary before December 31 and must be printed and in the hands of delegates no less than one week prior to the convening of Council.

Any resolution regarding the altering or amending of diocesan canons must be presented to the Committee on Constitution and Canons and to the Chancellor of the diocese no later than December 31 prior to Council.

If appropriate, please provide an explanation of the history and purpose of the resolution.

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

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