2011 Certified Resolutions
Resolutions Adopted by
The 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California
October 22, 2011
I. GENERAL RESOLUTIONS
RESPONSE TO BISHOP’S ADDRESS
Resolved, That the 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California gratefully accepts the invitation of our Bishop to answer the call of God by committing ourselves to the renewal, vitality and growth of our diocese;
Resolved, That we will partner with God by living into the Beloved Community, believing in our diocese as a place of greatest possibility, grounding ourselves in hope and prayer, striving to learn, and embracing the power of our own faith stories; and
Resolved, That, recommitting ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ, we pledge to serve, work with and learn from one another with joy, taking our place in the ever-expanding circles of Christ’s incarnation and love.
Resolved, that the Discipleship Ministries Working Group be authorized to participate in the creation of a joint commission with the Episcopal chaplaincies and their ecumenical partners to grow and sustain campus ministry throughout the diocese;
Resolved, that the commission coordinate with diocesan officers for development and fundraising through the oversight of the Discipleship Ministries Working Group to incorporate already existing and new fund-raising events and programs and to have a viable means of long term sustainability;
Resolved, that the Episcopalian component of the commission be made up of at least the president/chair or a designated representative thereof from each Episcopal campus ministry group within the Diocese of California plus any others appointed by the Bishop or Executive Council.
Disapproval of THE PROPOSED ANGLICAN COVENANT
Resolved, That the 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California disapproves the proposed Anglican Covenant.
TRANSPARENCY IN BISHOP CONSENTS
Resolved, That the 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California submits the following resolution to the 77th General Convention in 2012:
Resolved, the House of __________concurring, That Canon III.11.4(a) is hereby amended to read as follows:
(a) If the date of the election of a Bishop occurs more than one hundred and twenty days before the meeting of the General Convention, The Standing Committee of the Diocese for which the Bishop has been elected shall by its President, or by some person or persons specially appointed, immediately send to the Presiding Bishop and to the Standing Committees of the several Dioceses a certificate of the election by the Secretary of Convention of the Diocese, bearing a statement that evidence of the Bishop-elect’s having been duly ordered Deacon and Priest as to the Bishop-elect’s medical, psychological and psychiatric examination required in Sec. 3(b) of this Canon have been received and that a testimonial signed by a constitutional majority of the Convention must also be delivered in the following form:
We, whose names are hereunder written, fully sensible of how important it is that the Sacred Order and Office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the presence of Almighty God, testify that we know of no impediment on account of which the Reverend A.B. ought not to be ordained to that Holy Office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe the Reverend A.B. to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning, of such soundness in the Faith, and of such godly character as to be able to exercise the Office of a Bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the Church, and to be a wholesome example to the flock of Christ.
(Date) __________ (Signed) _______________
The Presiding Bishop, without delay, shall notify every Bishop of this Church exercising jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop's receipt of the certificates mentioned in this Section and request a statement of consent or withholding of consent. Each Standing Committee, in not more than one hundred and twenty days after the sending by the electing body of the certificate of the election, shall respond by sending the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which the Bishop is elected either the testimonial of consent in the form set out in paragraph (b) of this Section or written notice of its refusal to give consent.
If a majority of the Standing Committees of all the Dioceses consents to the ordination of the Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which the Bishop is elected shall then forward the evidence of the consent, with the other necessary documents described in Sec. 3(a) of this Canon, to the Presiding Bishop. No later than two days after the final date such responses are due, the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which the Bishop is elected shall forward to the Presiding Bishop all testimonials and written notices received from the various Standing Committees, whether a majority consents or not; and if a majority of the Standing Committees of all the Dioceses consents to the ordination of the Bishop-elect, the Standing Committee shall also forward to the Presiding Bishop the other necessary documents described in Sec. 3(a) of this Canon. No later than thirty days after responses are due, the Presiding Bishop shall make public the action taken by each Bishop and Standing Committee in response to the notification of election. If the Presiding Bishop receives sufficient statements to indicate a majority of those Bishops consents and Standing Committees consent to the ordination, the Presiding Bishop shall, without delay, notify the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which the Bishop is elected and the Bishop-elect of the consent.
II. FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS
2012 ASSESSMENT FORMULA
Resolved, That the 2012 assessment formula shall be:
2012 SALARY RESOLUTION
1. That the minimum transportation allowance be $0.555/mile for congregation-related travel; to be adjusted in accordance with IRS published rates for 2012.
2. That any deviation below these minimums will be permitted by the Bishop for serious cause, with the Bishop using the Personnel Practices Commission as a council of advice.
3. That employers of all clergy pay to each cleric 50% of the self-employment tax assessed on the cleric's base compensation as a portion of total compensation (7.65% of base compensation).
This amount is included in the above schedule.
4. The Personnel Practice Committee strongly urges all churches, wherever possible, to increase the clergy and lay staff compensation 2.4% for 2012 to accommodate for inflation.
[The table titled “2012 Congregational Grade Structure” on page F-14 in the Day of Convention Booklet for the 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California is incorporated by reference.]
The 2012 Operating Budget adopted by the 162nd Convention listed on pages F-8 through F-12 in the Day of Convention Booklet for the 162nd Convention of the Diocese of California is incorporated by reference.
III. COURTESY RESOLUTIONS
HONORING ST. DOROTHY’S REST
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s is the oldest Camp in California, having been founded in 1901 by Nellie O. Lincoln and the Rev. James Otis Lincoln in memory of their eight-year-old daughter Dorothy Pitkin Lincoln; and
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s has a long and distinguished history of service to critically ill children from the Bay Area; and
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s currently partners with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center and Children’s Cancer Community to provide summer camp for children who are oncology patients and organ transplant patients at no charge to their families; and
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s served 377 children in its 110th summer camp season, representing over fifty parishes in the Diocese of California; and
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s serves over two thousand guests each year in its year-round retreat ministry, including many different diocesan groups and multi-denominational gatherings; and
Whereas, St. Dorothy’s is celebrating its 110th anniversary of ministry in the name of the Great Healer, Jesus Christ; therefore be it
Resolved, That this 162nd Convention of The Diocese of California gives thanks and praise to God for St. Dorothy’s and all its ministries; and be it further
Resolved, That this Convention calls upon God to bless St. Dorothy’s with renewed and expanded resources and to prosper its work of healing, hospitality and rest.
HONORING KITTY LEHMAN
Whereas, the Rev. Katherine “Kitty” Lehman has announced her retirement as Rector of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Menlo Park, effective February 29, 2012; and
Whereas, she has served her entire ordained ministry in the Diocese of California with the people of St. Stephen’s, Orinda, St. Stephen’s, Belvedere, and St. Bede’s, Menlo Park; and
Whereas, she has been one of the pioneer women rectors in our diocese; and
Whereas, she has served the Diocese of California in numerous capacities: as a Member and President of the Standing Committee, as Deputy to General Convention and Co-Chair of the deputation for fifteen years, and as Co-Chair of the Marriage and Blessing Task Force; and
Whereas, she has served the wider church: as Co-Chair of the St. Margaret’s Chair Committee at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, as a Member of the Credo Institute Board, as a Member of the Council of the College of Preachers at the National Cathedral, and as a Member of the Advisory Council of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission; and
Whereas, she has added grace, insight and good humor to our diocesan deliberations at Diocesan Convention and at Clergy Conference; therefore be it
Resolved, That this 162nd Convention of The Diocese of California gives its heartfelt thanks to God for the ministry of the Rev. Katherine “Kitty” Lehman among us, and wishes her Godspeed and a joyful and fruitful retirement with her beloved Clay Lehman in the Diocese of West Texas.
HONORING JIM FORSYTH
Whereas, Mr. James Forsyth has served the Diocese of California professionally for over 17 years, beginning as an outside auditor in 1994; and
Whereas, he has served with great distinction as Controller of the Diocese since 1998; and
Whereas, his knowledge of the financial affairs of the Diocese is entirely without parallel; and
Whereas, his reputation has extended throughout the Episcopal Church through his service on the Board of Directors of the Church Insurance Agency and as a friend and mentor to his colleagues in other Dioceses; and
Whereas, he is a faithful and committed Episcopalian, having served as Senior Warden of St. Luke’s, San Francisco, and continuing as an active Member and Usher at Grace Cathedral; and
Whereas, he has declared his intention to retire within the coming year; therefore be it
Resolved, That this 162nd Convention of The Diocese of California commends Mr. James Forsyth for his long and outstanding service to the Diocese and to Christ’s Church; and be it further
Resolved, That this Convention beseeches God to continue to bless him in all his endeavors and to grant him many years of good health to pursue his love of travel and hiking.
Certified by: David A. Frangquist, Secretary of the Convention