C017 Assessing the Church's Response to COVID-19

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That the House of Deputies of the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church direct the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church to assess the response of The Episcopal Church to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of pastoral care, liturgy, evangelism, Christian formation, stewardship, community engagement, communications, and social justice work; and be it further

Resolved, That this assessment include an examination of the challenges encountered during the pandemic and of its differing impact on people of different racial and ethnic groups, ages, genders, wealth or precarity, abilities and disabilities, family structures, immigration statuses, and nationalities; and be it further

Resolved, That the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church report and make recommendations to the 81st General Convention for improving the church’s response to future disasters and to the changed circumstances of the post-pandemic church, as well as ideas that may be adapted for church life and work in the 21st century.