A summary of Executive Council resolutions

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] During its Jan. 27-29 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.

Executive Council
Accept report of the Episcopal Archives Strategy Committee, adopt its recommendations to advance the Archives Building discharge from further duties (EC020)

Recognize and celebrate the work of council members the Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson and the Rev. Winnie Varghese in spreading “Good News” locally and abroad (EC021)

Advocacy & Networking for Mission
Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies amend their bylaws to allow shareholders comprising at least ten percent of voting stock outstanding to call a special shareholders meeting (A&N038)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requiring that senior executives retain a significant percentage of shares acquired through equity compensation programs until reaching normal retirement age (A&N039)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report on how they are responding to the public policy challenges associated with Bisphenol A (BPA) (A&N040)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies adopt and implement a comprehensive sustainable palm oil policy (A&N041)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting reports on policies and plans for eliminating releases of mercury into the environment (A&N042)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies create task forces to study the effects of climate change on their business models (A&N043)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions asking companies to disclose the risks associated with the First Nations’ opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline (A&N044)

Instruct Treasurer to vote “abstain” on shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report on the risks associated with offshore banking secrecy (A&N045)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that financial-service companies disclose information regarding their activities in the repurchase market (A&N046)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies report publicly information regarding their lobbying expenditures and policies (A&N047)

Instruct Treasurer to vote “abstain” on shareholder resolutions requesting reports on the business risks of aggressive tax strategies (A&N048)

Instruct Treasurer to vote in favor of all shareholder resolutions requesting that companies adopt policies prohibiting the use of corporate funds for any political election or campaign (A&N049)

State opposition to any laws that make the teaching of ethnic studies illegal and penalize school districts financially for incorporating ethnic studies in their curriculums (A&N050)

States support of “Letting Girls Be Girls” [Girls Not Brides], a global campaign to end child marriage (A&N051)

Rejoice in the establishment of the independent state of the Republic of South Sudan, while deploring “the great human tragedy” still occurring in Abyei, Blue Nile State, and Southern Kordofan State, call upon the U.S. government “to renew and continue its economic sanctions and diplomatic efforts urgently to secure peace and an end to the egregious human rights violations and ongoing military brutality against the people in all areas of the Sudan,” reaffirm solidarity with the Episcopal Church of Sudan, and remind and urge all Episcopalians to continue in prayer and advocacy for all the people of Sudan, especially those in the war torn regions (A&N052)

Finances for Mission
Establish Trust Fund 1044 as investment account for the Church of the Epiphany, Pawtucket, Rhode Island (FFM057)

Establish Trust Fund 1045 as investment account for St. Mark’s Church Inc., Palm Beach, Florida (FFM058)

Establish Trust Fund 1046 as investment account for St. Mark’s Church Inc., Palm Beach, Florida (FFM059)

Establish Trust Fund 1047 as investment account (Robert E. Noll Organ Memorial Fund) for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fallbrook, California (FFM060)

Establish Trust Fund 1047 as investment account (Patricia R. Noll Perpetual Memorial Fund) for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fallbrook, California (FFM061)

Establish Trust Fund 1048 as investment account for St. Michael and All Angels Church, Cuernavaca, Mexico (FFM062)

Authorized Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission to use income distributed during 2012 from Trust Fund 809, up to $356,875, for educational and theological programs (including continuing education and individual scholarships) as recommended by the Commission on Theological Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CETALC) at its meeting in Guatemala, in August 2011; any 2012 balance not awarded to be reinvested (FFM063)

Set dividend rates for 2012 for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society trust fund portfolios and DFMS Endowment portfolio available to support DFMS operating budget at $1.09 per share based on 5.5 percent [of] the average yearend market values of the portfolio for the five years ending 2010) (FFM064).

Local Mission and Ministry
Review a list of Jubilee Programs (LMM024)

Comments

  1. The Rev. Margaret G. Custer says:

    Thank you all for the hard and gracefilled work you do on our behalf.

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