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Study documents for the TREC resolutions

Study documents for the TREC resolutions

The resolutions from The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church have the potential to change the structure and governance of Episcopal Church. The Episcopal Café offers this work by the Rev. Michael Hartney, which shows the canonical changes within the current canons, to assist further study. Hartney has served as an Alternate and Deputy to General Convention and Legislative Aide for the Ministry Committee in 1997, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012.

I prepared these study documents of the TREC (Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church) resolutions.  As they didn’t print them with reference to the 2012 Canons I did the extra work to provide the reference. I have added line numbers to all of them.
He has given permission for us to link his work here.

TREC Resolution A002  Constitution change in Resolution 2

TREC Resolution A004  Restructure Executive Council
TREC Resolution A005 Of the Presiding Bishop in a Unicameral General Convention

TREC Resolution A006  Restructure Standing Commissions and Interim Bodies of General Convention

TREC Resolution A007  Canonical Implementation of a Unicameral General Convention

TREC Resolution A008 Provide Stipend for the President of the House of Deputies/Presiding Deputy

TREC Resolution A009  Of Changes to the Officers of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society

The Rev. Susan Snook has further reflections on the resolutions here. Part I.

Previous articles on the Task Force report are :



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Lionel Deimel

Thanks for providing these helpful documents. I have not studied them, but I looked at A009 as a representative example.

I am perplexed by TREC’s removing the provision that all members of the church are members of the DFMS. I doubt this has any substantive effect, but, philosophically, it does seem a move contrary to the current conventional wisdom of encouraging more mission and less bureaucracy. It is also distressing in light of the bureaucracy’s touting itself as the “Missionary Society.” (See Can anyone explain the logic of throwing most Episcopalians out of the DFMS?

Chaz Brooks

The discussion about restructuring seems like the tail wagging the dog. The bureaucracy we take for granted today didn’t even come about until the 1919 General Convention, when it was created specifically to support missions–mostly foreign missions, and much of its administrative authority wasn’t granted until the 1960’s. For most of our existence there was little perceived need for a centralized administration. So why bother reconfiguring the whole Church and General Convention just to support it? Get rid of all of it and General Convention will have a lot less to argue about, making GC restructuring unnecessary.

Michael Hartney

As the creator of the strike through/underlined versions published here I confess that I did not proofread carefully my work. Undoubtedly there will be errors found, but the vast majority of the work is correct. Please accept my apologies for errors that you may find.

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