A214 Preparing for Admission of La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 79th General Convention commend the diligence of La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba (IEC) in completing the following actions set forth by The Episcopal Church (TEC) Task Force on Cuba established by, based on 2015-B003: drafted changes to the Constitution and Canons of IEC; sent the changed Constitution and Canons to the Metropolitan Council; pledged in writing to conform with these expectations – submit an annual Diocesan Parochial Report to the Office of TEC, pay an Assessment to TEC, and provide a complete accounting of the financial assistance received from TEC; provided education for clergy and laity about TEC, Constitution and Canons, and the workings of General Convention; provided a proposed annual budget to TEC; provided Church Pension Fund with accurate reporting about active clergy and years of service, and retired clergy who are already in the Pension Fund; convened an Extraordinary Synod on May 11, 2018 to designate the choice of a province; and sent members to visit at the 79th General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, That while the General Convention desires an immediate reunification, it recognizes that TEC has yet to attend to the structural and canonical requirements necessary and pledges to complete the following actions to welcome IEC as a Diocese of TEC at the 80th General Convention: addressing any constitutional and canonical issues presented in order to officially name IEC as a diocese of TEC, inviting the Bishop of Cuba to participate in the House of Bishops consistent with its rules of order, continuing to establish relationships with dioceses and congregations of TEC, and designating $400,000 for the ongoing work of ministry and mission for IEC; and be it further

Resolved, That immediately upon the close of business of the 79th General Convention, the active clergy of IEC shall become eligible to participate going forward in the International Clergy Pension Plan (ICPP) and its related plans, which will be administered by The Church Pension Fund (CPF) consistent with the terms of the ICPP, an administration agreement between IEC and CPF, and applicable law, including the receipt of any necessary licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) or any other applicable governmental authority; and be it further

Resolved, That TEC, IEC, and other potential ministry partners will, in consultation with CPF, collaborate on a plan to fund the past service liability accrued by the active clergy of IEC; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention support the formation of a 3-year interim body to accompany IEC and TEC as they fully reunify; said body would consist of eight (8) members, four (4) from IEC and four (4) from TEC to facilitate complete reunification of life, ministry, and mission; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program Budget and Finance to consider a Budget allocation of $400,000 for ministry and mission of IEC and $50,000 for the interim body’s work for the implementation of this resolution.

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