Adopt Policies for Protection from Sexual Misconduct

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church affirm the work already occurring in many dioceses and at the same time recommit itself to the positions taken by previous General Conventions that sexual misconduct (encompassing both sexual harassment and sexual exploitation) of adults by clergy, church employees, and volunteer workers has been and continues to be of deep concern to this Church, is an abuse of trust, a violation of the Baptismal Covenant, contrary to Christian character and is, therefore, wrong; and be it further

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Encourage Ministries that Respond to Violence Against Women

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this 71st General Convention condemn violence against women in all its forms, and resolves that each deputy and bishop will work toward making the Episcopal Church a truly safe place for all God’s people, by encouraging every parish to develop appropriate ministries to this end; and be it further

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Eliminate the Stigma of HIV/AIDS

Resolved, That the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church urge its members to work to eliminate the stigma of HIV/AIDS through the following:

Acknowledge that the stigmatization of anyone due to disease, and particularly due to HIV/AIDS, creates impediments to seeking treatment and care for the disease and education about the disease, resulting in detrimental effects on individuals, the church, and society at-large.

Affirm that the teachings of Jesus Christ clearly state that sickness and disease are not the result of sin in the human family.

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Reaffirm Family Planning and Control of Global Population Growth

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 1994 General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirm that rapid global population growth adversely affects the prospects for peace and justice by exacerbating poverty, deprivation and suffering, and depleting environmental resources; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church reaffirm the 1930 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican communion, which approved contraception for purposes of family planning; and be it further

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Acknowledge the Church’s Unique Role in Ministering to Youth

Resolved, That this 72nd General Convention, while recognizing that parents are the loving source of authority in the education of children, acknowledge the Church’s unique role in ministering to all youth, particularly in the area of faith and morals: and be it further

Resolved, That all parishes are urged to teach and support sexual abstinence, self-respect, resistance to peer pressure and respect to those who say “no” to sex before marriage.

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Gather Resources on Combating Pornography

Resolved, That the 72nd General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Human Affairs, or the appropriate re-structured Commission, to coordinate the gathering of resources from other denominations and organizations that can be used by congregations, groups and individuals who desire to minister in the area of combating pornography, with emphasis on child pornography, to enable effective responses to exploitative forces which corrupt us, our children and our culture; and be it further

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Urge Conversation with Youth and Young Adults about Sexuality

Resolved, That the 73rd General Convention of the Episcopal Church strongly urge dioceses and congregations to provide a safe, hospitable environment for frank conversation with youth and young adults about human sexuality, to share and teach accurate information, and to promote dialogue, within the context of the Baptismal Covenant; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church Center’s Ministries with Young People Cluster, in consultation with provincial networks, identify and recommend comprehensive guidelines and resources for these conversations.

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