[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] During its April 21-23 meeting here, the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council adopted multiple resolutions that are summarized below.
Finances for Mission
Allocate $1,200 for each of the 14 entities receiving block grants to support attendance at the 2018 General Convention. Funding sources to be identified by the treasurer and the presiding bishop. (Entities are the dioceses of Alaska, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Central, Ecuador Litoral, Haiti, Honduras, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Taiwan, Venezuela and Virgin Islands and Navajoland Area Mission) (FFM105).
Establish Trust Fund 1175, St. Andrew’s Newcastle, ME HVF, as an investment account for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Newcastle in Maine (FFM106).
Establish Trust Fund 1176, Outreach Endowment of the Master Endowment of the Church of the Incarnation, as an investment account for Church of the Incarnation of Franklin, North Carolina (FFM107).
Establish Trust Fund 1177, Music Endowment of the Master Endowment of the Church of the Incarnation, as an investment account for Church of the Incarnation of Franklin, North Carolina (FFM108).
Make annual income derived from The Emery Fund for Missionaries Home on Furlough be available beginning Jan. 1, 2019, to programs for missionaries appointed by the Episcopal Church; such programs will provide training or retreats with educational and recreational components not otherwise included in the annual operating budget; such programs, designed by mission personnel and senior staff will be reviewed and agreed to by an appropriate committee of Executive Council; any annual income not used be reinvested (FFM109).
Approve fundraising for TEC Talks at General Convention 2018, pursuant to resolutions FFM-013 (February 2010) and FFM-067 (October 2014) (FFM110).
Allocate 50 percent of the income from Trust Fund 815, The Vincent Astor Fund, to the Diocese of New York and 50 percent to the Diocese of Long Island for the period 2018 through 2020, pending receipt of appropriate accounting and narrative reports for previously disbursed funds (FFM111).
Establish Trust Fund 1178, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin a Corporation Sole, the Diocesan Reserve Account, as an investment account for the Diocese of San Joaquin (FFM112).
Establish Trust Fund 1179, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin, a Corporation Sole, the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO), as an investment account for the Diocese of San Joaquin (FFM113).
Establish Trust Fund 1180, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin a Corporation Sole, Restricted Funds Account – Clipper Trust Sub-account, as an investment account for the Diocese of San Joaquin (FFM114).
Establish Trust Fund 1181, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin a Corporation Sole, Restricted Funds Account – Togni Remainder Trust Sub-account, as an investment account for the Diocese of San Joaquin (FFM115).
Establish Trust Fund 1182, Protestant Episcopal Bishop of San Joaquin a Corporation Sole, Restricted Funds Account – Mary Zita Turtle Trust Sub-account, as an investment account for the Diocese of San Joaquin (FFM116).
Approve, in addition to the draft budget recommendation, a supplementary grant of up to $330,000 to support the Episcopal Church in Navajoland to enable it to produce a balanced budget for 2018, funding to be determined by the treasurer considering triennial results and/or reserves if needed (FFM117).
Authorizes an additional secured line of credit to St. Augustine’s University of up to $1 million secured by a deed of trust of certain parcels with a combined appraised value of at least $2.5 million; draw will be subject to completion of due diligence satisfactory to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society treasurer, including but not limited to confirming the value of the property, securing the loan, and implementing changes in corporate and university board governance (FFM118).
Approve request from Ethnic Ministries to apply for a grant from the Lilly Endowment, pursuant to resolutions FFM-013 (February 2010) and FFM-067 (October 2014) (FFM119).
Governance and Administration for Mission
Adopt proposed human resources policy regarding alcohol use (GAM015).
Consent to the nomination by the presiding bishop of the slate of nominees for election to the Episcopal Church Women National Board as recommended by the ECW National Board Nominating Committee as follow, President: Jackie Meeks (Province VII-Fort Worth) and Karen Patterson (Province IV-SW Florida); 1st Vice President – Program: Patricia Wellnitz (Province VI-Nebraska); 2nd Vice President – Information & Communication: None; Secretary: Samar Fay (Province VI-Colorado); At-Large Multimedia: Michelle Kuruma (Province VIII-Los Angeles) and Laura Orcutt (Province VIII-Utah); At-Large Social Justice: Delores Alleyne (Province I-Connecticut), Suzanne Miller (Province VIII-Utah), the Rev. Ema Rosero Nordalm (Province I-Massachusetts); Treasurer: None (GAM016).
Local Mission and Ministry
Fund grant requests as recommended by the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Council, approved for funding in 2018 from budget line 67, Goal: Formation (LMM016).
Approve grant process for the Roanridge Trust, revising it to parallel the grant process now in place for the Constable Fund (LMM017).
Approve grants recommended by the Evangelism Grants Committee to be funded in 2018 from budget line 28k, Goal: Evangelism (LMM18).
Modify the 2018 budget to transfer $100,000 from budget line 28k, Other General Evangelism initiatives, to line 27a, Church Planting grants (LMM019).
Approve the United Thank Offering Grants for 2018 (WM035).
Approve 2019 United Thank Offering Young Adult and Seminarian Grants focus and criteria (WM036).
Adopt resolution to forward it to the secretary of General Convention asking that the 79th General Convention create an Advisory Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to be appointed by the presiding officers; committee to work with the Office of Ecumenical Relations and to make recommendations to the Executive Council Joint Standing Committee on World Mission or its equivalent (WM037).