Monday, July 6, 2009

Special Discussions will Focus on B033

From The Living Church-

The House of Deputies will be asked to consider meeting in two unusual sessions early in the 76th General Convention July 8-17 to discuss Resolution B033, which was adopted during an extraordinary session of its own on the final day of the 75th General Convention in 2006.

This will be the first time since 1973 that the House of Deputies convenes as a committee of the whole. Then the house met to discuss ordination of women after which it narrowly rejected a proposal to allow women to be ordained to the priesthood and the episcopate.

In a letter sent to deputies and first alternates June 29, Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies, said she believes the house “will benefit by having an opportunity to discuss B033 apart from the context of legislative procedure” and noted that “many deputies have indicated their longing to discuss B033 together as a house.”

A dozen prefiled resolutions address B033 in some form or another. These have all been assigned to the legislative Committee on World Mission. A more typical legislative procedure would for the Committee on World Mission to hold hearings and combine the resolutions. From there they are forwarded to the Committee on the Dispatch of Business, which determines when and if proposed resolutions come to the floor for debate.

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