Amendment #2007C01 – Amendment of Preamble
(Sponsors: Committee on Constitution and Canons)
We, the Clergy and Laity resident in that portion of the State of Texas constituting what is known as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, a diocese within the province of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, which is a constituent member of the Anglican Communion — a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer — do hereby ordain and establish the following Constitution:
(Italicized text represents additions to the present text.)
Amendment #2007C02 – Amendment of Article I
(Sponsors: Committee on Constitution and Canons)
Resolved, The Diocese of Dallas in Convention assembled amends its Constitution in Article I to read as follows:
AUTHORITY OF GENERAL CONVENTION
The Church in this Diocese accedes to the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and recognizes the authority of the General Convention of said Church.
The foregoing accession and recognition are expressly premised on the Episcopal Church in the United States of America being and at all times remaining a full, constituent member of the Anglican Communion as set forth in the Preamble of the Constitution of the said Church, “a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in the communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer.” In the event that such premise shall no longer be applicable in whole or in part to the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, such accession and recognition may be revoked, limited, or otherwise amended by this Diocese immediately, notwithstanding Article 17, by a concurrent two-thirds vote of both orders at any Annual or Special Convention.
Moreover, the foregoing accession and recognition shall in no way be deemed to prevent or limit this Diocese from disassociating (as the word is used in Title IV, 3.21 b) itself from any actions of the General Convention by concurrent majority vote of both orders at any Annual or Special Convention.
Resolution regarding the response of the House of Bishops to the Primates’ Dar es Salaam CommuniquÃ©, and the assessment of that response by the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council.
RESOLVED, that this 112th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas believes the House of Bishop’s “Response to Questions and Concerns Raised by our Anglican Communion Partners,” issued on September 25, 2007, to be an insufficient response to the Dar es Salaam CommuniquÃ© because it does not forthrightly answer the Primates’ requests for clarity.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that while the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council [JSC] has asserted that the HOB’s statement meets the Primates’ requests, this Convention maintains that the bishops’ response is another indication that The Episcopal Church continues to “tear the fabric of our Communion at its deepest level” (The Windsor Report [TWR Â§27]) and has not properly committed itself to the necessary conditions of communion at this time: “the repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation enjoined on us by Christ” (TWR Â§134).
The Rev’d David S. Houk ”“ St. John’s, Dallas
The Rev’d Matthew S.C. Olver ”“ Incarnation, Dallas
The CommuniquÃ© that was issued by the Primates at their February 2007 meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, called for clarity from The Episcopal Church’s (TEC) House of Bishops (HOB) on a number of matters, two of which were to
1. confirm that the passing of Resolution B033 of the 75th General Convention means that a candidate for episcopal orders living in a same-sex union shall not receive the necessary consent (cf The Windsor Report [TWR] Â§134); unless some new consensus on these matters emerges across the Communion (cf TWR Â§134); and to
2. make an unequivocal common covenant that the bishops will not authorize any Rite of Blessing for same-sex unions in their dioceses or through General Convention (cf TWR Â§143, 144).
Regarding the first request, while the bishops helped clarify the intention of Resolution B033, they did not offer the assurance requested, namely, that a candidate for the episcopacy living in a non-celibate, same-sex union would not receive consent. Rather, the bishops reiterated the language of B033 that they would only “exercise restraint” in the consenting process.
Regarding the second request, the bishops’ pledge not to authorize public rites of blessing for same-sex unions fails to address the reality that many bishops allow such rites in their dioceses. The statement also falls short in that it states that this pledge may be overturned by subsequent actions of General Convention, irrespective of a new consensus in the Communion.
While the Joint Standing Committee of Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council gave the HOB’s response a preliminary approval, many in the U.S. and throughout the Communion do not see TEC’s response as a clear commitment to the Windsor Report and subsequent requests of the Primates.
Katharine Jefferts Schori has written to all diocesan bishops, asking them and their dioceses to reflect on whether or not the JSC’s Report is an acceptable assessment of the HOB’s response. Bishop Stanton has already given the diocese a very detailed evaluation and this resolution gives voice to clergy and lay delegates as to our view.