D094 Reaffirming the Role of Ethnic Ministries
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,
That the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church reaffirms the role of our multicultural ministries in the life of the Church and resolves to strengthen them and affirm evangelistic work among diverse ethnic groups; and be it further
Resolved, that the 80th General Convention reaffirms all prior resolutions concerning ethnic ministries and resolves that the principles inherent in prior resolutions concerning particular ethnic groups apply to all ethnic and underrepresented groups; and be it further
Resolved, that the General Convention reaffirms the Church’s work and commitment to minority and ethnic ministry and its work to underrepresented and vulnerable groups; and be it further
Resolved, that the General Convention reaffirms all church-wide and diocesan bodies for ethnic congregational development and continues to support empowerment programs for ethnic and racial minorities and underrepresented groups; and be it further.
Resolved, that all previous General Convention resolutions supporting ethnic and minority ministries shall be considered part of the Church’s anti-racism and evangelistic work; and be it further
Resolved, that the work necessary to include people of color, ethnic minorities, and the underrepresented in the life and leadership of the Church at all levels – church-wide and diocesan – is inalienable from the Baptismal Covenant’s call to respect the dignity of every human being.
Previous General Conventions have affirmed the role of our multicultural ministries (1973-D046) and resolved to strengthen them (2018-A057), and affirmed the ministry of evangelism among ethnic groups (1991-A065).
Previous General Conventions have affirmed the creation of church-wide bodies for ethnic congregational development (2015-A086) and have called for empowerment programs for ethnic and racial minorities (1973-B182).
Previous General Conventions have recommitted anti-racism work (2000-A047, 2003-A010, 2003-D025, 2012-A125 & 2012-A127) and directed the Church to dialogue about systemic racial injustice (2015-A182).
Previous General Conventions have called for the development of strategies for ethnic ministries (1991-C049), have funded studies for identifying opportunities in ethnic ministries (1979-B145), have called for development of plans to recruit ethnic leadership (1991-D166), and requested the recruitment and retention of people of color for ordained (1994-A045) and lay; ministry and leadership (1994-A046).