A report from Richard J. Mammana, Jr., the Ecumenical and Interreligious Associate on the actions of General Convention with Ecumenical/Interfaith implications:
1. Two resolutions (A018 and C046) affirmed strong support for ongoing interfaith relations, conversations, and education.
2. B004 on full communion with the Church of Sweden passed unanimously, in the presence of Swedish Archbishop Emeritus Anders Wejryd and the Church of Sweden’s chief ecumenical officer, Christopher Meakin. The report supporting this resolution is at https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/13742.pdf .
3. It is important to clarify slightly the content of Resolution D063 for “Ongoing Episcopal Church Dialog [sic] with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.” The text of this resolution does not in fact refer to a bilateral dialogue. It resolves to “continue the conversation between The Episcopal Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the purposes of friendship, good will, and mutual understanding.”
4. A resolution not on the Committee 15 list, but of potential ecumenical/Anglican Communion interest, refers to the transfer of clergy between provinces of the communion. It’s C033, at http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/2015-resolutions/C033/current_english_text . The Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons will take up this matter.
5. Other resolutions of importance for ecumenical and interreligious relations were B013, C003, C012, C018 and D016 on various aspects of the peace process in the Holy Land, the possibility of divestment, and simultaneous support for Palestinian statehood and Israeli sovereignty. These resolutions were part of the work of the committee on Social Justice and International Policy, and they can be read here: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/2015-resolutions?cid=589 . Convention did not act to pursue a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). It did act in support for and solidarity with the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East.
6. Resolution A171 commended Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on climate as “a landmark encyclical focusing on the reality of climate change and the interrelated nature of our world,” and encouraged the Presiding Bishop to write a Pastoral Letter on the same topics.
7. Resolution A070 to “Make Appointments to Dialogues and Coordinating Committees” passed, and included a provision “That vacancies on dialogues and coordinating committees be widely publicized and a call for applications and expressions of interest be made.”