Episcopal News Service September 18, 2006
Episcopal Diocese of Quincy seeks alternative oversight
By Mary Frances Schjonberg
[ENS] The Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, based in Peoria, Illinois, decided September 16 to seek oversight with a primate other than the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Some 39 clergy and 68 lay people approved five resolutions related to the issue of alternative pastoral oversight (APO) by a "wide margin," according to a diocesan news release.
In addition to the resolution asking for APO, the other four resolutions:
* Reaffirm provisions in the diocesan constitution that say the diocese is in full communion with the See of Canterbury and "all Provinces of the Anglican Communion that uphold the historic faith and order of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church;"
* Reaffirm the language of a resolution from Quincy Bishop Keith Ackerman that the 74th General Convention declined to pass; reject actions of the 75th General Convention that "are inconsistent with our Diocesan Constitution and failed to adequately respond to the requests of the Windsor Report;" and affirm diocesan acceptance of 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution 1.10 on human sexuality as the "official and accepted teaching" of the Anglican Communion;
* State a willingness to consider as "Companions of the Diocese" individuals or congregations outside the diocese who "uphold the historic faith and order the Church as received by the Anglican Communion and who wish to have such a relationship;"
* Withdraw diocesan consent to be included in Province V of the Episcopal Church; and suspends requirements that the diocese send deputies to the Provincial Synod or General Convention (first reading of constitutional change).
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