Resolutions for Children and Youth

General Convention

Well, I promised to post about resolutions. So, I’ll cease my digression about Kanuga and get onto the task. This will be a quick and dirty summary:

Resolution A070 asks the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Music to develop liturgies for pastoral issues that relate to the adoption of a child.

Resolution A089 seeks to affirm the work of the Pastoral Leadership Search Effort (PLSE; pronounced "pulse"), an organization that helps denominations and congregations identify and cultivate gifted young people interested in exploring the ministry as a possible vocation. The resolution asks for GC to allocate about $386,000 to the PLSE initiative.

Resolution A100 identifies Christian formation to be in a state of crisis and seeks more adequate methods for reporting the state of Christian formation to General Convention. The resolution also asks for the development of special forms of prayers of the people and other resources to emphasize Christian formation and strategies for incorporating formation into all areas of parish life.

Resolution A105 seeks to establish a Standing Commission on Youth and Christian Formation that will develop policies for lifelong Christian formation. The resolution requests $48,000 to implement the resolution.

The National Association for Episcopal Christian Education Directors (NAECED) has published thoughtful position papers that include both appreciations for and concerns about specific resolutions regarding Christian formation. NAECED representatives urged the Joint Standing Committee for Program, Budget, and Finance at a Monday hearing to allocate additional funds to children’s ministry and Christian education to provide more balanced funding with the budget allocation for Youth and Young Adults. The ENS covered the hearing.

-Jenifer Gamber

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