C034 Ministry to People with Mental Illness and their Families

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Resolved, the House of _______ concurring, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church call upon the Episcopal Church, through the offices of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, to form a task force to further the Episcopal Church’s commitment to, with and for persons with mental illness and their families as reflected in the General Convention resolution 2015-C020.

Explanation

Resolution C020 at General Convention 2015, which was a follow-up from a resolution passed by the 230th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Delaware in 2015, was adopted and reads:

“RESOLVED, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church calls upon diocese, congregations, schools and other entities of The Episcopal Church to explore and adopt best practices for the vitality and increased capacity of their mission and ministry in the inclusion, support and spiritual care for persons with mental illness and their families; and be it further

RESOLVED, That dioceses, congregations, schools and other entities of The Episcopal Church increase understanding about mental illness by providing educational material and training; utilizing existing programs such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, veterans groups, government departments on mental health, local organization, and other programs and organizations; and sharing the information so that it is readily accessible.”
This resolution would encourage action throughout the Church on this vitally important ministry.


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