245th Diocesan Convention Report
November 13, 2021
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Summary of Congregations’ Compliance with Canonical Reporting Obligations (Supplement to the Calendar of Business)Download 282.35 KB
Bishop Dietsche Calls for Election of a Bishop Coadjutor
The elected bishop will replace him as Bishop Diocesan in 2024
In his address at Diocesan Convention on November 13, Bishop Dietsche called for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor to replace him as Bishop Diocesan on his ultimate retirement. (All clergy must retire before their 72nd birthday: Bishop Dietsche will be 72 on November 9, 2025).
Bishop Dietsche announced the following schedule:
Election of Bishop Coadjutor: December 3, 2022
Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor: May 20, 2023
Installation of XVII Bishop of New York: March 16, 2024
Grace Church, Ossining and the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan Received as Parishes
Two congregations were received into the diocese at convention–Grace Church, Ossining, the result of the joining together of Trinity and St. Paul’s on the Hill; and the Haitian Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan–whereupon their clergy and lay delegates were seated on the floor of convention with voice and vote.
Bishop’s Crosses Awarded to Donald Bookal, Kenneth Page, and the Rev. Deacon Geraldine (Geri) Swanson
Please click on the image of each to view/download a pdf.
All of the Resolutions Included in the Calendar of Business were passed. These included:
- The Budget (with an amendment reflecting Bishop Dietsche’s call for the election of a coadjutor – click here for the final version)
- Modification of Diocesan Canon 17.3.4 to increase the so-called “Trinity Cap” from 25% to 33%. See the Budget Narrative for an explanation.
- The election of Matthew R. Ailey, Jody Hansen, Monica C. Spencer, and Kevin Widmaier as Trustees of Estate and Property for terms expiring 2024.
- The Establishment of the Annual Celebration of the Life and Witness of Absalom Jones.
- A resolution calling for the inclusion of Bishop Barbara Harris in the Calendar of the Church.
- Resolutions related to Reparations including a call for a racial audit of the diocese with the result being one of criteria to “determine the focus for expenditure of the 2019 Diocesan Reparations Fund of 1.1 million dollars”; that the Diocese of New York should “direct the 80th General Convention meeting in Baltimore, MD in July 2022 to establish a task force that will create training modules on the topic of slavery and reparations, for use by the whole Church in the training of children and adults as they are prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation”; and that “he members of The Episcopal Diocese of New York adopt the following four values in our study and actions as we seek to engage in reparations: Truth, Justice, Integrity, Transformation.
- A resolution regarding gender identity and expression that resolved that the diocese “ recognize that the ‘gender identity and expression’ parts of the non-discrimination Canons of the Episcopal Church refer to transgender, non-binary, and/or gender diverse people”, “affirm that the non-discrimination Canons of The Episcopal Church include ‘gender identity and expression’ as a protected category for access to discernment process for all orders of lay and ordained ministry” and further affirm that “[n]o one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, governance, or employment of this Church” due to “gender identity and expression” and a further resolution regarding the full inclusion of trans/non-binary children, youth, and adults in our common life, and ending violence against transgender people and particularly transgender women.
- A resolution to address antisemitic, anti-Jewish and or Supersessionist interpretations of our Lectionaries.
- A resolution increasing minimum clergy compensation by 3%.
Resolutions from the floor included:
- A resolution for the election of a bishop coadjutor
- A resolution budgeting for the election of a coadjutor