A052 Matters Pertaining to The Episcopal Church in Cuba

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention welcomes with joy the request of the sisters and brothers of the Episcopal Church in Cuba to reunite with the Episcopal Church; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention underscore its hope that the various dioceses of The Episcopal Church work in harmony and companionship with the Church in Cuba for evangelism, mutual understanding, and the full expression of God's mission; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention call upon the congregations and members of The Episcopal Church to acquaint themselves with the ministries of the Church in Cuba; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention call upon the dioceses and congregations of The Episcopal Church to consider ways in which they can be in relationship and partnership with the Church in Cuba going forward; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention express its deep gratitude to the Anglican Church of Canada for its long and continuing support for the Church in Cuba; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request that all congregations keep the Church of Cuba in heartfelt and loving prayer; and be it further

Resolved, That effective the conclusion of the 79th General Convention, the clergy of the Diocese of Cuba shall be eligible to participate in The Church Pension Fund International Clergy Pension Plan (ICPP), consistent with the terms of the ICPP, applicable law and subject to receipt of any necessary licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (O.F.A.C.) or any other applicable governmental authority; and be it further

Resolved, That the 79th General Convention requests that the Joint Standing Committee onProgram, Budget and Finance allocate for payment to The Church Pension Fund an amount equal to the actuarial liability associated with providing active clergy in the Diocese of Cuba with retroactive credited service under the ICPP for services performed for the Diocese of Cuba, subject to compliance with applicable laws and the receipt of any necessary licenses from O.F.A.C. or any other applicable governmental authority; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention support the formation of a 3-year interim body to accompany the Diocese of Cuba as it fully integrates into the Episcopal Church.

Explanation

The body would consist of eight (8) members, four (4) from Cuba and four from other dioceses of the Episcopal Church to facilitate full integration into the life, ministry, and mission of the Episcopal Church. Budget request: $ 50,000.