[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The 79thGeneral Convention passed three resolutions brought to convention the Commission on Impairment and Leadership, which refers to intervention, evaluation and possible re-entry or action needed related to various forms of leadership impairment.
The resolutions will take effect Jan. 1, 2019, in the new budget year.
D057 calls for the Training on Alcohol and Substance Misuse, and “directs the Executive Council to take the necessary steps to develop a mandatory training program with respect to alcohol and substance misuse and other forms of addiction (to be renewed at designated intervals) for all persons in the process of formation for ordination and for all priests and deacons currently licensed.”
A Rapid Response Team for Crisis Intervention is called for in D058, “recommends that the Presiding Bishop, drawing on the research of the Commission on Leadership and Impairment, establish a team of advisers or consultants to serve as a resource on alcoholism and substance misuse and other forms of addiction to provide a rapid response to issues of questionable impairment, to provide clergy or other concerned individuals with confidential advice, and to assist with monitoring and recovery.”
And in D059, Executive Council and the Pastoral Development Committee of the House of Bishops evaluate their policies and practices surrounding alcohol and substance use so that changes can be made that “may contribute to a healthy environment with regard to alcohol and substance misuse and other forms of addiction” in the context of meetings and gatherings. This resolution also “recommends that CREDO https://www.cpg.org/active-clergy/learning/credo/develop a program component to help participants explore their relationship to alcohol and substance misuse and other forms of addiction.”
All three resolutions were passed by the House of Deputies as part of the July 8 consent calendar. There was no debate in that house. Resolution D059 passed the House of Bishops on July 9, and Resolutions D057 and D058 were approved on the House of Bishop’s July 10 consent calendar.
– Sharon Tillman is a freelance writer for Episcopal News Service.