Resolution 4: Church-Wide Paid Family Leave Policy

Resolved, That the 168th Convention of the Diocese of California submits the following resolution to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church:  

Resolved, the House of _________ concurring, That the 79th General Convention call upon the Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies to appoint a task force consisting of lay and ordained members to research and create a proposal for a church-wide paid family leave policy for consideration at the 80th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $30,000 for the implementation of this resolution.

Explanation: The only paid leave provided across The Episcopal Church related to family life is physical disability for childbearing women. It is past time for our church to provide more relevant and needed paid leave for those caring for ill family members, and for new parents. The Episcopal Church already has a structure through the Church Pension Group through which such a program could be created and made available to all dioceses that wish to participate.

Submitted by:  the Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch, Rector, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church,; Ms. Lori Coleman, Canon for Finance, Grace Cathedral and member, DioCal Personnel Practices Committee,; the Rev. Beth Phillips, Rector, Christ Church, Portola Valley,; the Rev. Bruce O’Neill, Rector, St. Clement’s, Berkeley and chair, DioCal Personnel Practices Committee,; the Rev. Liz Tichenor, Associate Rector, All Souls Parish, Berkeley,


It’s hard to believe the church doesn’t already have a program like this. Wow. I support this resolution.

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