C058 Resolution Requiring Action in Response to TEC’s Racial Audit

Resolved, That this 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church hereby direct the Executive Council to take the following action:

  1. Investigate what is causing The Episcopal Church’s leadership positions not to be more representative of people of color and report back to the 81st General Convention a plan for overcoming those obstacles;
  2. Encourage the creation of a leadership position in each diocesan administration whose specific role is to address the societal issues that disproportionately affect black and brown people;
  3. Encourage such diocesan actions to ensure that people of color who dedicate their time, finances, and energy to sustain local parishes earn that recognition and a pathway to leadership;
  4. Encourage that all dioceses budget resources for and audit the adequacy of anti-racism training for all clergy, lay leaders, and staff;
  5. Explore how the Diocese of Maryland Truth and Reconciliation Commission can serve as a model in other dioceses;
  6. Examine discernment and ordination processes and require participation by black and brown people on nominating committees, commissions on ministry, discernment committees and any other entity involved in identifying, affirming and overseeing the diocesan process for ordination;
  7. Mandate that anti-racism training must openly address what white privilege and white supremacy means and the impact they have had on people of color.