Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention direct the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies to appoint a task force of not more than twelve people, consisting of theologians, liturgists, pastors, and educators, to identify and explore biblical, theological, historical, liturgical, and canonical dimensions of marriage; and be it further,
Approve Use of “In Vitro” Fertilization
General Convention Resolution Number: 1982-A067
“Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 67th General Convention of the Episcopal Church gives approval to usage of so-called “in vitro” fertilization for the purpose of providing children in a marriage.”
Adopt Guidelines for Genetic Testing and Reproductive Technology
General Convention Resolution Number: 2003-A012
Reaffirm the Recommendation Considering External Fertilization
General Convention Resolution Number: 1991-A101
“Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 70th General Convention reaffirm the recommendation that married couples who are members of this Church and who are considering the use of external fertilization and embryo transfer, seek the advice and assistance of a qualified professional counselor and the pastoral counsel and care of this church and consider adoption as one of the options open to them.”
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention commit The Episcopal Church not to discriminate in employment of lay employees based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention direct the Center for Evangelism and Congregational Life to continue the work of developing clear and firm policies and procedures for the well-being of all and commit this church to being and becoming a place where children, youth and adults are safe, especially from abuse, neglect and exploitation particularly in dioceses that have been unable to implement the call to provide sexual misconduct prevention training; and be it further
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention reaffirm the continued participation of The Episcopal Church as a constituent member of the Anglican Communion; give thanks for the work of the bishops at the Lambeth Conference of 2008; reaffirm the abiding commitment of The Episcopal Church to the fellowship of churches that constitute the Anglican Communion and seek to live into the highest degree of communion possible; and be it further
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention acknowledge the changing circumstances in the United States and in other nations, as legislation authorizing or forbidding marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian persons is passed in various civil jurisdictions that call forth a renewed pastoral response from this Church, and for an open process for the consideration of theological and liturgical resources for the blessing of same gender relationships; and be it further
Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That this 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church recommends and encourages all bodies of The Episcopal Church to utilize all available resources to revise and adapt forms to be fully inclusive of all people: by including lines not only for one’s legal name, but also for one’s preferred name as well as one’s gender identity and pronoun preference.
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, that the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church support the extension of existing federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination to include discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression along with those prohibitions based on race, gender, religion, national origin, age, and disability; and be it further
Resolved, that the Secretary of General Convention convey this resolution to appropriate congressional leaders and to the President of the United States.