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TEC Executive Council Resolutions: “Ongoing Work in the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery,” “#BlackLivesMatter,Too”

1/29/2015

download 2Below are links to The Episcopal Church Executive Council resolutions AN/LMM 003 and AN/LMM 004 adopted by the Executive Council at their October meeting.

AN/LMM 003 Ongoing Work in the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery

“Resolved, That the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, October 24-27, 2014, reaffirms its support of General Convention Resolutions 2009-D035, Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, and 2012-A128, Examine Impact of Doctrine of Discovery, and of the work of the church as it addresses the issues of historical trauma caused by the colonizing dispossession of the lands of indigenous peoples and the disruption of their way of life; and be it further…” Download the full resolution

AN/LMM 004 #BlackLivesMatter,Too

Resolved, That the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, October 24-27, 2014, affirms, in response to our baptismal covenant “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”; yet, in light of the violent deaths of Black youth that have recently dominated the news media, we confess that we as a society have failed to respect the dignity of every human being, we remember and lament the shooting deaths of Jordan Davis, a 17-year old Black boy, killed in 2012 for playing loud music in a car at a gas station in Jacksonville; Trayvon Martin, a 17- year old African American boy, killed in 2012 while walking home after buying snacks in Sanford, Florida; Renisha McBride, a 19-year old African American girl, shot to death in 2013 while seeking help for car trouble on a front porch in Detroit; and Michael Brown, an 18-year old African American boy killed by a police officer this year, 2014, in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Missouri; and other such deaths; and in response to our church’s adoption of the Anglican Marks of Mission, specifically Mark 4, which says, “to seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation,” that #BlackLivesMatter,Too …” Download the full resolution

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