Elections

Elected by unanimous ballot:

Budget Committee
Cheryl Lyman, St. Philip’s, Columbus

Diocesan Council, Clergy
The Rev. Sallie Schisler, Christ Church, Ironton
The Rev. AJ Stack, St. Peter’s, Gallipolis

Episcopal Community Services Board
The Rev. Ellen Cook, St. Timothy’s, Cincinnati
The Rev. Suzanne LeVesconte, Trinity, Hamilton
The Rev. Lee Anne Reat, St. John’s, Franklinton

Standing Committee, Lay
Cathy Bagot, Trinity, Newark

Trustee of the Church Foundation
John Gustafson, St. Luke’s, Granville

Trustee of the Diocese
Emily Savors, St. Matthew’s, Westerville

Procter Board of Directors
Karen Ingraham, Christ Church, Xenia

Elected by electronic ballot

See ballot results

Diocesan Council, Lay
Clifton Flemister, St. Matthew’s, Westerville
Melissa Shirley, St. Paul’s, Dayton
David Thomson, Christ Church Cathedral

Standing Committee, Clergy
The Rev. Lee Ann Reat, St. John’s, Franklinton

Resolutions

R2017-01: In Support of the Abolishment of the Death Penalty in Ohio

(REVISED TEXT)

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio affirm publicly The Episcopal Church’s longstanding call to put an end to the death penalty, in recognition that the death penalty remains legal in Ohio; and be it further

Resolved, that this resolution be forwarded to the Governor of Ohio and state representatives of constituencies within the Diocese, encouraging them to support legislation introduced to the Ohio Senate in March 2017 (Senate Bill 94) and October 2017 (House Bill 389) to abolish the death penalty in Ohio; and be it further

Resolved, that this resolution urge the Bishop Diocesan of Southern Ohio to fulfill the guidance of General Convention resolution 2015-D025, reporting back on his actions to the Standing Commission on Justice and Public Policy prior to the 79th General Convention.

This resolution PASSED

R2017-02: Climate Change: Corporate Governance

Resolved, that this 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio submit the following resolution to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church:

Resolved, the House of ____________ concurring, that the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church reaffirm that Global Warming threatens the future of God’s good Creation, and the effects of Global Warming disproportionately hurt/impact the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the United States and around the world; and be it further

Resolved, That Episcopalians and The Episcopal Church at every level support efforts that seek to address Global Warming including shareholder-proposed resolutions on Climate Change; and be it further

Resolved, That we ask that the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Executive Council (CCSR), in conjunction with the Church Pension Fund, to identify 10 companies that are among the most responsible for global warming and in which CPG owns shares, and to file or co-file shareholder resolutions requiring them to reserve a seat on their governing boards of directors for a climate scientist; and be it further

Resolved, That General Convention budget makes this a priority for the triennial as the Stewardship of Creation pillar of the Jesus Movement by allocating $12,000 – $15,000 in addition to CCSR’s budget for implementation.

This resolution PASSED

R2017-03: Repair America’s Safety Net

Resolved, that this 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio submit the following resolution to the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church:

Resolved, the House of ____________ concurring, that the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church advocate unflaggingly for the federal and state governments of the United States to close gaps in the safety net which cause millions of Americans to suffer eviction, homelessness, inability to access health care, medical debt, and hunger; and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians, dioceses, and The Episcopal Church advocate for government food assistance, health care coverage, and housing assistance to be entitlements, for which eligibility is determined by the applicant’s current financial need and all eligible people receive the aid they qualify for; and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians, dioceses, and The Episcopal Church oppose federal cuts in tax credits that benefit low income families including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Child Care Credit, and advocate for similar tax credits at the state level; and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians, dioceses, and The Episcopal Church oppose health care proposals
1. to limit public benefit funding to block grants, or
2. to cut off new enrollment of income-eligible people at a future date irrespective of their needs, or
3. to stipulate that people who lose eligibility when their income rises cannot re-enroll if their income falls again in the future due to loss of income, and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians and dioceses in the 19 states that did not accept the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion advocate with their state legislators and governors to accept this benefit and federal funding for their constituents; and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians, dioceses and The Episcopal Church call on Congress to make the cost-sharing provisions of the Affordable Care Act an entitlement; and be it further

Resolved, that Episcopalians, dioceses and The Episcopal Church call on Congress to cap the mortgage interest deduction for wealthy taxpayers and direct the increased revenue to low-income housing assistance programs; and be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention allocate funding for 1/4 FTE staff person at the Washington Office of The Episcopal Church to track federal and state legislative proposals on public benefit funding and eligibility, and to provide timely action alerts to bishops, dioceses, and Episcopal Public Policy Network subscribers.

This resolution PASSED

R2017-04: Support of One Person, One Vote

Resolved, that this 143rd Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio submit the following resolution to the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church:

Resolved, the House of ____________ concurring, that the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church authorize The Episcopal Church to create a working group to study, define, and propose reforms by which civil government at all levels (local, state, and federal) may move closer toward making a reality of the principle of one person, one vote; and be it further

Resolved, that the General Convention budget allocate sufficient funds for the creation and operation of the One Person, One Vote working group, following an estimate of the cost by the CCB.

This resolution PASSED

R2017-05: A Resolution to Change Annual Convention

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio will meet in a one day convention every other year beginning in 2018. In odd numbered years the convention may meet for two days, but in no case, shall it begin before 12 p.m. on the first day; and be it further

Resolved, that all Diocesan Conventions be held in parish churches or other venues which do not require meal or rental fees; and be it further

Resolved, that Diocesan Convention encourage delegates to bring their own meals or arrange the venues where meals are readily available at a reasonable price.

This resolution PASSED

R2017-06 was submitted Friday, Nov. 10 and approved for consideration by 2/3 majority vote.

R2017-06: Sexual Harassment Policy Review and Implementation of Specific Training Programs

Resolved, that the Diocese of Southern Ohio recognizes that societal changes through the use of social media have brought increased attention to the devastating acts of sexual harassment in a variety of contexts including the workplace, church, and society, and be it further

Resolved, that the Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio create a representative task force to: (1) evaluate current sexual harassment policy contained within the Safe Church Training program for effectiveness and (2) develop specific training and listening programs on sexual harassment to raise awareness and encourage appropriate behaviors, and be it further

Resolved, that at a minimum a report regarding compliance with this resolution is presented at the 144th Diocesan Convention.

This resolution PASSED