D072 (Resolution on Gender and Sexuality Training)

House of Bishops Message #307

The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 10, 2022 it considered resolution D072 (Resolution on Gender and Sexuality Training). The house acted to:


Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring,

That the 80th General Convention address the urgent need for gender and sexuality training in our church on all levels; and be it further

Resolved, That the 80th  General Convention authorize the use of, and adopt as an official training resource, the Safe Zone Project no-cost 2-hour foundational curriculum; and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church will provide virtual training for at least one representative from each of the Dioceses in the adopted program to train-the-trainers on a diocesan level; and be it further

Resolved, each participating Diocese will oversee and document the training of all clergy, Bishops, ordinands, and lay leaders and will issue certificates to participants who successfully complete this training, with training to begin by the 81st General Convention; and be it further

Resolved, that the reporting of gender and sexuality training by participating dioceses to The Episcopal Church be included on the Diocesan Parochial Report as is the practice for other trainings such as Safe Church and Anti-Racism; and be it further

Resolved, that the 80th General Convention request that the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance consider a budget allocation of $35,000 to fund the virtual training of the diocesan trainers.