[Episcopal News Service – New Brunswick, New Jersey] During its Oct. 15-20 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted several resolutions, which are summarized below.
Approve appointment of Grant Thornton, LLP, to audit all accounts under the management or control of Executive Council and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society for 2012 (EC001).
Accept revised Investment Policy Statement of the Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society (EC002).
Express gratitude for retiring members of the Investment Committee: Walter Buckley, Ken Dengler, the Rev. Maurice Goldsmith, Joel Motley, Carol O’Neal, the Rev. Wesley Williams Jr. and appoint as new members the Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel, David L. Alvarez-Roldan, Mike Kerr, Kirsten L. McElroy, Benjamin Waring Partridge IV, Maibeth J. Porter, Ronald W. Radcliff, Jr. (EC003).
Express gratitude for the service of retiring members of the Joint Audit Committee: Arthur Bjontegard and the Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel, and elects as new members of the
Joint Audit Committee the Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher, Dennis Stark, Nancy Koonce (member, council Joint Standing Committee on Finances for Mission), Michele Racusin (member, General Convention Joint Standing on Program, Budget and Finance), the Rev. Robert Brooks (continuing), Rosanna Rosado (continuing) (EC004).
Express gratitude for the service of retiring members of the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility Paul Neuhauser, Lindsey Parker, the Rt. Rev. Pierre Whalon, and approve new members: the Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Kate Cullinane, Nicholas Danford (EC005).
Approve appointment new members of council Committee on the Status of Women: the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, Paula E. Nesbitt, Jeanne Person, Shane Phelan, Yejide Peters, Ema Rosero-Nordalm, Molly Childs, Caressa James, Barbara Mann, Jamel Shimpfky, Enedina Vasquez (EC006)
Elect to six-year terms to council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministries: the Rev. Mary Crist, Richard Ackley, the Rev. Eulogio Quito, LaCinda Hardy (EC007)
Advocacy & Networking for Mission and Finances for Mission
Accept Corporate Social Responsibility Narrative for 2012-2013 Proposed Shareholder Actions and direct Treasurer to be guided by it (A&N-FFM001).
Direct Treasurer to file shareholder resolution on board inclusiveness/diversity with First Solar, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Quanta Services, and Spartan Motors (A&N-FFM002).
Direct Treasurer to file shareholder resolution on environmental justice with Arch Coal (A&N-FFM003).
Direct Treasurer to file shareholder resolution on lobbying disclosure, to be filed with Abbott Laboratories, American Electric Power, Pfizer and Verizon Communications (A&N-FFM004).
Direct Treasurer to file shareholder resolution on human rights with Marathon Oil and General Motors (A&N-FFM005).
Finances for Mission
Establish Trust Fund 1051 (Deahl-Fellows Fund) with proceeds from a bequest intended to support non-budgetary projects of the Archives of the Episcopal Church, with a preference for preservation of archival holdings and educational projects relating to the church’s historic work in missionary fields outside of the United States (FFM001).
Establish Trust Fund 1052 (St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church – Building Maintenance Fund) as investment account for St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church in Crossville, Tenn. (FFM002).
Establish Trust Fund 1053 (St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church –General Fund) as investment account for St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church in Crossville, Tenn. (FFM003).
Adopt revised official travel guidelines for DFMS, effective Dec. 1 (FFM004).
Approve 2013 Budget for the Episcopal Church (FFM005).
Set the dividend rate for 2013 for DFMS Trust Fund portfolios available to support the operating budget of DFMS at $0.94 per share, based on 5.0 percent of the average year-end market values of the portfolio for the five years ending 2011 and set the dividend rate for 2013 for Trust Funds in the DFMS Endowment Portfolio that are not available to support the operating budget of DFMS be at $0.94 per share based on the same calculation (FFM006).
Accept and approve the charter of the Investment Committee as reviewed and amended by the Investment Committee at its meeting on May 18, 2012 (FFM007).
Extend thanks to those who have included the Episcopal Church in their wills and recognize the generosity of all those who endow the Episcopal Church and thus support its ministries (FFM008).
Designate as tax-deductible housing allowance for 2013 those allowances requested and presented by clergy employees of the DFMS, pursuant to Internal Revenue Code (FM009).
Authorize total of $225,000 be withdrawn from five trust funds and remitted to the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL) to cover costs associated with training of evangelists and Sunday School teachers, reconstruction of the House of Bethany, scholarships and for the maintenance of priests affected in rural areas (FFM010).
Finances for Mission and Governance and Administration for Mission
Authorize a $785,000 line of credit to the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin for 2013 to support the continuing diocese, terms and conditions to be developed by the DFMS chief financial officer in collaboration with Finances for Mission; direct the council joint covenant committee appointed in 2011 continue to document its work, make it electronically available to council and report two times annually to council’s Joint Standing Committee on Local Ministry and Mission.
Governance and Administration for Mission
Recommend that the October 2014 council meeting be four days long and that remainder of council meetings during the 2013-2015 triennium last three days, with potential of an early 2015 meeting being extended to four days (GAM001).
Recommend that council meetings during 2013-2015 be scheduled primarily at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland (GAM002).
Local Mission and Ministry
Affirm 10 Episcopal Church congregations or programs as Jubilee Ministries, including Broomfield Farmers’ Market at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Broomfield, Colorado; St. John’s Episcopal Church Outreach Program, Boulder, Colorado; Epicenter on the Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada; Imago Dei Middle School, Tucson, Arizona; Our Lady of Las Palomas, Columbus, New Mexico; Outreach Ministry and Peace & Justice Ministry Communities of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood, Colorado; St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea, Pacific Beach, San Diego, California; St. Mark’s Food Pantry, Mesa, Arizona; St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Outreach, Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Vacation Music Academy and Music Conservatory, Mt. Holly, New Jersey (LMM001).
Recommend funding of an annual Brazilian block grant for $14,000 in each year of the 2013-2015 triennium (resolution includes recommendation as to how to adjust triennial budget) (WM001).
(Resolution WM002 was withdrawn.)
Added $104,000 to Line 193: Inter-Anglican Budget/Secretariat for the 2013 Budget (WM003).