R2021-05: A Resolution to Include the Name Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris in the Lesser Feasts & Fasts Calendar
RESOLVED, that the 147th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio submit the following resolution to the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in 2022; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Secretary of this Convention forward this resolution to the Secretary of General Convention of The Episcopal Church as a duly authorized resolution from this Diocese; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Secretary of this Convention be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Resolutions Committee of Province V for consideration by the Provincial Synod in 2022.
TEXT OF THE RESOLUTION
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris was raised in a household surrounded by women of faith where her passion for racial and social justice was grounded; and
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris who loved and participated in a church that saw her as a problem and considered her culturally and socially separated and inferior, but by baptism, full and equal member of the community; and
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris during her ministry served as chaplain to the Philadelphia County prisons and as counsel to industrial corporations on public policy issues and social concerns; and
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris throughout her life, participated in the Union of Black Episcopalians which was founded to address the issues of racial and social justice; and
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris became the first woman to be ordained a bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion on February 11, 1989; and
Whereas, Barbara Clementine Harris’s unrelenting and heroic witness to those on the margins of the church and larger society, her warm and generous spirt and her tireless energy and humor made her one of the most beloved and noteworthy bishops in the church; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, the House of ________________ concurring, that the 80th General Convention include and enter Barbara Clementine Harris, Bishop to the Calendar of the Church Year to be celebrated on March 13.
Debby Stokes-Wayne, Lay Deputy to General Convention 2022
The Rev. Phyllis Spiegel, Clergy Deputy to General Convention 2022
The criterion for inclusion: “Before a commemoration is included in the Calendar, proposers must establish that signiﬁcant, enduring local and regional commemoration in corporate worship exists.” Such local commemorations have occurred in the Diocese of Southern Ohio at St. Philip, Columbus. Further commemorations will occur in March, 2022 and the parish names will be forwarded to the Secretary of General Convention and the Secretary of Province V Synod.