2016 Resolutions

The first resolution before the Diocese was that of supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Passed October 1, 2016

RESOLVED, that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their peaceful and prayerful efforts to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) because of DAPL’s degradation of sacred sites and potential for catastrophic contamination of drinking water and irrigation projects, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota calls upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its decision allowing construction of the DAPL, especially in light of the disregarded recommendations of the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for further study and investigation of environmental impacts and be it further

RESOLVED, that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota supports all government-to-government (sovereign tribal nations, states, and federal government) conversations seeking to resolve the DAPL crisis in a peaceful, expedient manner that is beneficial to all and be it further

RESOLVED, that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota calls on the agencies of the federal government to provide for meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions and to ensure the protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights, and if necessary, to propose new legislation to Congress to alter the statutory framework so that these goals are met and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota is directed to forward copies of this resolution to the Chairperson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the CEO of Energy Transfer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Governors, Senators, and Representatives of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, the president of the United States, the President of the House of Deputies, and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

 

 

The second resolution before the Diocese was that of

 A Proposal to Address and Mediate Bullying in Our Worshiping Communities and Councils

Passed October 1, 2016

RESOLVED that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota acknowledges that:

  • Bullying exists in our diocese, our structures, and our congregations.
  • Bullying can arise from all Orders of the Church (laity and clergy alike).
  • The current disciplinary structures of the church are inadequate to the task of addressing bullying and ending this behavior, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the One Hundred Thirty-second Convention of the Diocese of South Dakota create a working group composed of eight members who shall be appointed by the Bishop before All Saints’ Day 2016, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the working group is directed to undertake the following tasks:

  • Study the laws, policies, and practices that address bullying and harassment in our schools, work places, governmental institutions, and other institutions within the state in order to discover the best practices of addressing and mediating bullying in our own worshiping communities.
  • Define bullying and suggest means and methods to address and mediate bullying in our worshiping communities, committees, vestries and councils.
  • Inform and educate our worshiping communities, committees, vestries, and councils of the causes of bullying, its effects on the bullied, and the by-stander effect as the result of bullying and provide assistance to these same groups to adopt appropriate policies and change the culture so that bullying is no longer tolerated within our church, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the working group make an interim report to the One Hundred Thirty-third convention of the Diocese of South Dakota and a final report to the One Hundred Thirty-fourth convention of the Diocese of South Dakota.