C004 Inclusion of June 19th, "Juneteenth" in the Church's Liturgical Calendar in Recognition of the End of Slavery in the United States
Resolved, that the 80th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to develop liturgical materials to lament the historic evil of slavery and celebrate the emancipation of enslaved peoples, considering historically significant dates such as Emancipation Day and Juneteenth in the United States, Emancipation Day in Puerto Rico, Independence Day in Haiti, and days of similar import in the 13 nations, commonwealths, or convocations of churches which are a part of the Episcopal Church; and be it further
Resolved, that the SCLM develop these materials in consultation with church leaders in all nations, commonwealths, or convocations of churches where The Episcopal Church has dioceses or convocations and where slavery is a part of the national history; and be it further
Resolved, that the SCLM present these materials to the 81st General Convention for consideration for inclusion in The Book of Occasional Services; and be it further
Resolved, that dioceses and congregations be encouraged to develop local commemorations lamenting slavery and its effects and celebrating emancipation on days deemed appropriate by them.