Condemning Threats Against Sexual Minorities

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church adopt the following statements: The Episcopal Church rejects and condemns all use of violent rhetoric against sexual minorities. We stand in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender persons, and all other sexual minorities who are threatened or persecuted in the name of Christ. We oppose calls for execution, imprisonment, and for any official or unofficial violence against sexual minorities as contrary to the word and spirit of the Gospel of Christ.

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Churchwide Response to Bullying

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention calls for a church wide response to the epidemic of bullying, particularly of those perceived as being “different” by virtue of economic, ethnic, racial or physical characteristics, religious status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; bullying is defined as the recurring use of single or combined written, verbal or electronic expressions or physical acts or gestures, directed at any person that: result in physical or emotional harm to the person or damage to his/her propert

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End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Marriages

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That we understand the Episcopal Church to be in a period of discernment about the meaning of Christian marriage, with faithful people holding divergent views; and be it further

Resolved, that the 77th General Convention urge members of the U.S. Congress to repeal federal laws that have a discriminatory effect on same-gender civilly married couples, and to pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits to those couples.

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Affirming Access to Discernment Process for Ministry

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That Title III, Canon 1, Sec. 2 of the Canons of the Episcopal Church be hereby amended to read as follows: No person shall be denied access to the discernment process for any ministry, lay or ordained, in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons. No right to licensing, ordination, or election is hereby established.

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HIV Welcoming Parish Initiative

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention understands the impact stigma has upon persons living with HIV and AIDS and the barriers is creates for appropriate treatment, care, and emotional stability; and be it further

Resolved, That the National Episcopal Aids Coalition be encouraged to develop an HIV Welcoming Parish initiative to be utilized as a tool to reduce the stigma associated with HIV and show the love of Christ through active engagement with persons in need of support; and be it further

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Week of Prayer for Healing of AIDS

Resolved

, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention urge all parishes and dioceses of The Episcopal Church to participate in the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, observed annually beginning the first Sunday in March.

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HIV/AIDS Health Ministry Education

Resolved

, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention affirm the importance of HIV and AIDS ministry in the Church; and be it further

Resolved, That the 77th General Convention urge parish health ministry programs to include HIV and AIDS education as a component of their ongoing programming; and be it further

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Advocate for Maternal and Infant Health

Resolved , the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention direct the Office of Government Relations to partner with international and domestic efforts to encourage and advocate for legislation, programs, services and advocacy related to improving maternal mental and physical health and infant development; and be it further

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Strengthening Families

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention urge health insurance providers used by churches, dioceses and other church related agencies to provide insurance options that provide coverage for infertility treatment. And be it further,
Resolved, That the 77th General Convention reaffirm resolution 2000-C042 ("Urge Executive Council and Dioceses to Support Maternity/Paternity Leave for Clergy").

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