D078 Combating Anti-Muslim Bias

Final Status: Concurred as Amended

Resolved, That this General Convention commit to addressing anti-Muslim bias in The Episcopal Church; and be it further

Resolved, That this General Convention identify anti-Muslim bias as fear or suspicion of Muslims or those perceived as Muslim, often reducing the global and historical faith tradition of Islam to harmful stereotypes and narratives of othering, including hateful rhetoric, that all too often lead to violence against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim; and be it further

Resolved, That our Church commit itself to resisting anti-Muslim bias as part of our baptismal covenant to love our neighbor as ourselves, strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being; and be it further

Resolved, That this General Convention charge the Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to pursue the work of combating anti-Muslim bias over this next triennium, with a report back to the 82nd General Convention including but not limited to the following aspects of that work:

1.  Continue raising awareness of anti-Muslim bias within The Episcopal Church;

2.  Advance its ongoing dialogues with Muslim partners, recognizing the broad variety of Muslim voices and traditions, to inform The Episcopal Church in words and actions;

3.   Distribute and offer trainings on “Christian-Muslim Relations: Theological and Practical Guidance for The Episcopal Church" for clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders, consulting with the Standing Commission on Formation and Ministry Development;

4. Continue working alongside partners in existing coalitions including the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: Standing with American Muslims, Advancing American Ideals, of which The Episcopal Church is a founding member, to offer relevant resources and trainings on understanding, countering, and preventing anti-Muslim bias and bigotry.