General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
Visit the links found below for additional resources
as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
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Another Resolution Tucked Away in the Blue Book

Resolution A034 Canonical Residence Study

Resolved, the House of _____ concurring, That the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons be directed to study the definition and use in the Constitution and Canons, and elsewhere in the Church, of the term "canonical residence," and make recommendations to the 76th General Convention whether said term should be discontinued or modified, or whether some alternative should be instituted to replace those terms.


The American practice of canonical residence is somewhat anomalous in the Anglican Communion. The current scope of application of the term creates duties for Bishops which are in many instances impossible to fulfill. It further creates an illusion of supervision and responsibility which as a practical matter may not exist. It is time to look seriously at the concept of “canonical residence” to see if some alternative might be more feasible.

Think about the implications of this plan to discontinue the practice of canonical residence. In the Diocese of South Carolina, we have a number of clergy who retire to our coast because of its natural beauty and opportunity for recreation. Some may choose to become involved in the life of the parishes. Others, however, have no real involvement. They may serve, licensed by the bishop, in various ways. Here is what they may not do: they may not be included in the diocesan health insurance and they may not vote at our Diocesan Conventions.

Consider what passage of a resolution to this effect could mean for your diocese (albeit a minimum of two conventions from now). Watch for this resolution. Could it show up on the Consent Calendar?


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