A067 Propose Additional Optional Fast Days for Lesser Feasts and Fasts

Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention direct the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to research the possibility of adding additional fast days to the resource Lesser Feasts and Fasts for optional use within the church, and to bring any recommendations to the 80th General Convention in 2021.


Resolution A067 seeks to address the reality that Lesser Feasts and Fasts has in practice been nearly all feasts. There are desirable reasons for adding more fast days to the calendar, including both the traditional practices of abstinence and self-denial but also attending to works of justice and mercy. The observance of fast days may also be used to call the church more deeply into the practice of discipleship. This resolution calls for the SCLM, in the coming triennium, to study the question of fast days in the church's calendar, and the possible addition of fast days to the calendar if the church wills it.