Resolution 3: Diocesan Liturgical Commission

Resolved, That the 170th Convention of the Diocese of California encourages congregations to study and utilize as appropriate the new and revised liturgical texts approved by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, including expansive-language texts for Holy Eucharist Rite II, The Book of Occasional Services 2018, Lesser Feasts and Fasts 2018, and Marriage Rites for the Whole Church (Liturgical Resources 2);

Resolved, That this Convention, in accord with Resolution A068 of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, calls upon our bishop to “engage worshiping communities in experimentation and the creation of alternative texts to offer to the wider church” by appointing a liturgical commission to collect, reflect, teach and share these resources;

Resolved, That this Convention requests that this liturgical commission include four lay and four ordained members who reflect the cultures and regions of our diocese, at least one of whom is a trained theologian, at least one of whom is a practicing church musician, and at least one of whom is a member of the general convention deputation;

Resolved, That, in accord with Resolution A068 of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the liturgical commission is hereby directed to coordinate with the Episcopal Church Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision;

Resolved, That the liturgical commission is hereby directed to consult with our bishop and the general convention deputation to develop and implement a process for laity and clergy throughout the diocese to be informed of and provide input about proposed liturgical revisions coming before the 80th General Convention in 2021;

Resolved, That the liturgical commission is hereby directed, in consultation with our bishop and the general convention deputation, to report to the 172nd Convention of the Diocese of California, in 2021, liturgical revisions and any steps toward revision of The Book of Common Prayer or the hymnal adopted by the General Convention; and

Resolved, That the liturgical commission is hereby directed to report on its work at each diocesan convention, with a recommendation about whether to continue its existence following the 80th General Convention.

Explanation:

This resolution engages the Diocese of California in liturgical and Prayer Book revision authorized by the 2018 General Convention of The Episcopal Church. It creates a liturgical commission to support this work.

The Diocese of California had a liturgical commission several years ago. However, the commission was not clear about its purpose and responsibilities, and it ceased to function. This resolution calls for a new commission to be created. The commission will report annually to diocesan convention, ensuring communication about its work as well as providing accountability to the diocese.

The 79th General Convention, which met in Austin in 2018, adopted Resolution A068, “Plan for the Revision of the Book of Common Prayer,” creating a Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision without a definitive timetable for a new Book of Common Prayer. The resolution provides for liturgical materials to be developed for churchwide use and for local experimentation and creation of alternative texts. The new commission will support both aspects of this work.

In accord with the General Convention resolution, this diocesan resolution calls upon our bishop to engage congregations and other worshiping communities in experimentation and the creation of new texts. The diocesan liturgical commission will support this work and share new resources with the churchwide Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision.

The 79th General Convention (in 2018) authorized a number of new and revised liturgical texts, all available on the General Convention website: https://www.generalconvention.org/publications#liturgy. This resolution encourages congregations to make use of these resources.

It is likely that the next General Convention, in 2021, will consider liturgical materials to be authorized for churchwide use, whether from the Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, or the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, or another churchwide commission or task force. The diocesan liturgical commission will work with the bishop and the general convention deputation to communicate with the diocese about proposed liturgical revisions in order to listen to the interests and concerns of members of this diocese.

Deanery convocations have been the sole forum for the general convention deputation to present proposed legislation, including proposals for liturgical and prayer book revision. This has allowed our deputies and alternates to share, listen, engage, and hear the concerns from our diocesan community on critical matters so we can note, testify and speak on their behalf during General Convention. Unfortunately, during spring 2018 at least two deanery meetings provided little or no opportunity for presentation, listening and feedback to the deputation.

This resolution allows the liturgical commission to explore options for engaging the diocese in conversations about proposed liturgical revisions prior to General Convention. It also directs the commission to report to the diocesan convention after General Convention, so that every congregation can be well informed about General Convention actions on proposed liturgical texts and prayer book revision.

Because the timetable for prayer book revision is uncertain, the resolution directs the liturgical commission to make a recommendation about its future in light of decisions made at the 2021 General Convention.

Submitted by:

Warren Wong, delegate, St. James, San Francisco, wjwstjames@gmail.com;  

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, All Souls, Berkeley, RMeyers@cdsp.edu;

The Rev. Dr. Paul Fromberg, St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, paul@paulfromberg.com

Chair, Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

 

Endorsed by the following members of the General Convention Deputation:

The Rev. Vanessa Stickler Glass, co-chair

The Rev. Eric Metoyer

The Rev. Merry Chan Ong

The Rev. Hailey McKeefry Delmas

The Rev. David Ota

The Rev. Chip Larrimore

The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Sarah Lawton, co-chair

Christopher Hayes

Carolyn Gaines

AnnaMarie Hoos

Diane Fitzgibbon

Karma Quick-Panwala

Ron Hermanson

Endorsed by:

The Rev. Cameron Partridge

The Rev. Deb White

The Rev. Jeff Dodge

The Rev. Jill Honodel

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See attached link to Oct. 3, 2019 Episcopal News Service article:
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