R2019-01: A resolution dissolving the union between St. Luke, Sayler Park (Cincinnati) and the
Diocese of Southern Ohio

St. Luke’s, Sayler Park. Designed in the 1870s by master architect Samuel Hannaford, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

 

Resolved, that upon acceptance of this resolution by a vote of two-thirds of each order of the 145th Annual Convention, the union between St. Luke, Sayler Park (Cincinnati), Ohio, and the Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio shall be dissolved; and be it further 

Resolved, that at the same time, the “contract of closure” delivered to the Standing Committee by the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio on October 25, 2019 shall become effective.

R2019-02: Call to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic

Whereas, Ohio has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. and a rising rate of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), and

Whereas, the opioid epidemic affects individuals and families across all boundaries of income, race, age, and gender and is touching members of all congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and

Whereas, family systems and the fabric of community life are being destroyed, and

Whereas, the law enforcement, the legal system, jails and healthcare facilities in every community are overwhelmed by a lack of resources to deal with this epidemic; therefore be it

Resolved, that the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio reaffirm Resolution C037 of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church to respond to the opioid epidemic with training, pastoral care, advocacy, and liturgy in congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio; and be it further

Resolved, that congregations be urged to:

  • Partner with First Responders and others in the medical community to host trainings on how to administer naloxone in the event of an overdose;
  • Partner with other faith communities, recovery programs, drug courts and programs that support loved ones in their local contexts to offer pastoral care to those affected by this epidemic;
  • Partner with other faith leaders to advocate with local and state government regarding policies and laws to promote healing and wholeness for those affected by this epidemic; and be it further

Resolved, that the churches in the Diocese of Southern Ohio recognize that issues of substance use disorders, access to diagnosis and effective treatment, and lack of appropriate treatment for untreated or undertreated pain affect all communities, but especially those marginalized in poverty, racial, gender, and ethnic discrimination, persons with disabilities, and other minority communities; and be it further

Resolved, that congregations be urged to include in the Prayers of the People intercessions for patients, families, and communities affected by substance use disorders and by untreated and undertreated pain and chronic diseases.

Submitted by:

 The Rev. Canon Sallie Schisler, Christ Church, Ironton

Co-Sponsors:

The congregations of:

All Saints, Portsmouth
Christ Church, Ironton
St. Peter’s, Gallipolis
Grace Church, Pomeroy

The Rev. Suzanne LeVesconte
The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell
The Rev. Dick Burnett
Michael Struble
The Rev. Dr. Connie McCarroll
The Rev. Colenthia Hunter
The Rev. Mary Carson
The Rev. Heather Wiseman
The Rev. Karen Sherrill
The Rev. George Sherrill
The Rev. Canon Jason Leo
The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat
The Rev. Meribah Mansfield

R2019-03: Recommitting to Support of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Whereas, in response to General Convention Resolution 2015-A021 the 141st Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio passed resolution R15-01, directing the diocese to continue support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a minimum of 0.7% of the diocesan budget to fund SDG mission grants for the calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019; and

Whereas during those years the diocese has supported SDG grants to congregations and organizations to partners with missions throughout the world; and

Whereas the SDGs are having a significant impact on eradicating disease and poverty worldwide; therefore, be it

Resolved, that in consideration of Resolution B026 of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the 145th Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio direct the diocese to continue to support the SDGs at a minimum of 0.7% of the diocesan budget for the next triennium, calendar years 2020, 2021, and 2022; and be it further 

Resolved, that SDG mission grants be used to fund world mission programs which address the SDGs and build long-term relationships among partners, with emphasis on leadership development and sustainability. 

Explanation:

The following organizations have received SDG grants from the Diocese of Southern Ohio since 2017: 

  • El Hogar Ministries 
  • Bread for Life
  • Partners-in-Ministry-in-Liberia (PIMIL)
  • Global Needs Fund
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • Global Episcopal Mission Network

For additional information on SDG grants visit www.diosohio.org/finance/grants-loans. For more on the SDGs and the global impact they are having: www.sustainabledevelopment.UN.org/sdgs. 

Budget Impact: 

This resolution continues the allocation of 0.7% of the diocesan budget to the support of World Mission through application of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (formerly the Millennium Development Goals 2000-2015) to “build long-term relationships among partners, with emphasis on leadership development and sustainability.” 

Submitted by: 

The Rev. David Kendall-Sperry, St. Peter’s, Delaware

Co-Sponsors

The Rev. Craig Foster, St. John’s, Columbus
The Rev. Richard A. Burnett, Trinity, Columbus
The Rev. Abeoseh Flemister, Retired
The Rev. Joseph Kovitch, St. Matthew’s, Westerville
The Rev. Bruce Smith, Retired
The Rev. Irene Radcliff, Retired
Rich Rastetter, St. John’s, Worthington
Ariel Miller, Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming 

 

R2019-04: Repair America’s Safety Net

Resolved, that the 145th convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio reaffirms the legislation on “Repairing America’s Social Safety Net” (see in explanation, below) and calls upon communicants, congregations, diocesan committees and commissions and other ecclesiastical leaders to engage in collaborative, ecumenical, and life-transforming ministries for and with our poorest neighbors. 

Explanation:

In 2018, the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Austin, Texas, passed the following call to action (C041):

Repair America’s Safety Net

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, that the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church direct The Office of Government Relations to advocate unflaggingly for the federal government 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 at the federal, state, and local level for adequate nutrition, healthcare, and housing as human rights which should be provided to all residents of this country, and for which eligibility is determined only by the applicants’ current financial need, and all eligible people receive the aid for which they qualify; 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 request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $83,750 for 1/4 FTE staff person at the Office of Government Relations to track federal and state legislative proposals on public benefit funding and eligibility, and to provide timely action alerts to dioceses, and Episcopal Public Policy Network; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Dioceses and congregations provide networking relationship for housing and employment to refer homeless people to assist in getting employment and housing.

Budget impact:

None

Submitted by:

The Rev. Richard Burnett, Trinity, Columbus
The Very Rev. Gail Greenwell, Christ Church Cathedral

*More background and follow-up information on R2017-03 can be found here.

 

R2019-05: A Resolution to Amend R2017-05

Whereas, the Diocese of Southern Ohio now meets in a one-day convention every other year, and when, in the odd numbered years convention meets for two days, in no case shall it begin before 12 p.m. on the first day; and

Whereas Diocesan Convention encourages delegates to bring their own meals or arranges the venues where meals are readily available at a reasonable price; and

Whereas the specifications of Resolution 2017-05 impose restrictions requiring all diocesan conventions, whether one or two days in length, to be held in parish churches or other venues which do not require meal or rental fees; and

Whereas the size of most of our parish churches will not accommodate the total number of participants to diocesan convention; therefore, be it

Resolved, that Resolution 2017-05 be amended to allow for the best efforts to find a venue that does not require meal or rental fees and, if no such venue is available within the other parameters of diocesan canons pertaining to diocesan convention, a venue be chosen where meal or rental fees are minimized.

Explanation:

The 143rd annual convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio voted to adopt a resolution to change the format of the annual convention.

2017-05: 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.

Submitted by: 

Diocesan Council