The following resolutions were approved
by clergy and lay delegates
to the Special Diocesan Convention
on Saturday, Sept. 27.

 

Resolution # 1: CONSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY

The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a constituent part of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, acceding to and recognizing the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church, and is thereby a constituent member of the Anglican Communion, a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, of those duly constituted Dioceses, Provinces, and regional Churches in communion with the See of Canterbury, upholding and propagating the historic Faith and Order, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Article I of the Constitution of this Diocese states that "no action of General Convention which is contrary to Holy Scripture and the Apostolic Teaching of the Church shall be of any force or effect in this Diocese."


Resolution #2: UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS OF THE 74TH GENERAL CONVENTION

The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth holds that the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church has exceeded its authority and departed from its constitution, in confirming the election as bishop of a non-celibate homosexual man and in permitting same-sex blessings, separating itself from the teaching of the Anglican Communion and from the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, directly rejecting its solemn responsibility to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. These acts are thus held to be null and void, and of no effect, in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.


Resolution #3: APPEAL FOR INTERVENTION AND RECOGNITION BY ANGLICAN COMMUNION PRIMATES

The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth joins the call of the orthodox bishops at the 74th General Convention to the Primates of the Anglican Communion for intervention in the pastoral emergency created by these schismatic actions of the 74th General Convention. We seek recognition by the international Primates Meeting as the legitimate expression of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and, together with those other dioceses, bishops, clergy and congregations who continue to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, seek acknowledgment as the bona fide expression both of the Episcopal Church and of the Anglican Communion in the United States of America.



Resolution #4: EPISCOPAL CARE FOR BELEAGUERED CLERGY AND CONGREGATIONS

The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth further asks the Primates of the Anglican Communion to address the matter of episcopal oversight and care, across existing diocesan boundaries, to those clergy and congregations, committed to the historic Faith and Order, in dioceses where the offending actions of the 74th General Convention have been approved or implemented.


Resolution#5: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MISSION FUNDING

The Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth commits itself to funding and supporting those missionary agencies, dioceses, and structures that serve to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order, especially in those missionary areas adversely affected by reduced national church resources.