C030 Addressing Antisemitic, Anti-Jewish, and/or Supersessionist Interpretations of our Lectionaries

Resolved, That the 80th General Convention establish a task force to address the anti-semitic, anti-Jewish or supercessionist impact of lectionary readings, especially for Holy Week, and develop proposals to mitigate that impact, which may include:

  1. Providing one or more optional, alternate lection or lections for any lection containing language that has been interpreted as antisemitic, anti-Jewish, or supersessionist and/or
  2. Recommending a specific authorized Biblical Translation for any lection that has been interpreted as antisemitic, anti-Jewish, or supersessionist so that the lection is less likely to be heard and interpreted as antisemitic, anti-Jewish, or supersessionist, and/or
  3. Providing pastoral guidance and commentary on the lection that can be made available whenever the lection is read publicly in worship

And be it further

Resolved, That the Task Force be composed of two laypeople, two presbyters or deacons, and two bishops, in addition to a liaison who is a member of the SCLM, who collectively shall be knowledgeable in Christian-Jewish relations, liturgy, translation and Biblical interpretation; and be it further

Resolved, That the Task Force consult with the Consultation on Common Texts as it does its work; and be it further

Resolved, That this 80th General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance to allocate $30,000 for the implementation of this resolution; and be it further

Resolved, That the Task Force will report to the 81st General Convention.