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5. Appropriation of $20,000 for Historical Analysis of Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) Endowments and to Support Congregations Desiring to Join in the Work of Racial Reparations

Proposed by:

The Task Force on Reparations: Cheryl Sharp, Esq. and The Rev. Dr. Donald Hamer, Co-Conveners; The Rev. Whitney Altopp, The Rev. Darryl Burke, The Rev. Rowena Kemp, Mr. Thomas Rouse, The Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell, Ms. Valarie Stanley, The Rev Sandra Stayner, The Rev. Ronald Steed, Ms. Denise Welsh, Ms. Lisa Yarbor; The Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry Network: The Very Rev. Miguelina Howell and Dr. Suzy Burke, Co-Conveners, Dr. Jilda Aliotta, The Rev. Margie Baker, Bob Giolitto, Karen J. Hatcher, Conrad Sienkiewicz, Gail Bindley-Taylor, Mike Whilby; Dana Farr, The Rev. Bonnie Matthews, Deacon, and Grace Barnum; The Task Force on Racism, Misogyny and Homophobia Within the Title IV Disciplinary Process: Rev. Dr. Linda Spiers and Rev. Rowena Kemp, Co-leaders, Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell, Rev. D. Littlepage, The Rev. Shariya Molegoda, Rev. Dcn. Pat Jackson, Rev. Dcn. Jessie Akerson, Claudia Dixon, Tokunbo Green, Esq., Sharon Pearson


Resolution:

Resolved, That the 239th Convention of ECCT request that Mission Council appropriate $10,000 to fund a professional historical analysis of the sources of endowed funds of The Missionary Society of the Diocese of Connecticut, ECCT, and any related entities that directly support the work and mission of the Missionary Society or ECCT, to determine which, if any, may represent the financial gains derived directly or indirectly from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the labor of enslaved persons, the sale of enslaved persons, or other fruits of the bodies or labor of enslaved persons; and be it further

Resolved, That the 239th Convention of ECCT request that Mission Council appropriate an additional $10,000 to fund similar professional historical analyses to support congregations desiring to enter into this work; and be it further

Resolved, That the 239th Convention commission Mission Council to collaborate with the Bishops and the Canon for Mission Finance & Operations to hire an experienced firm to perform the historical analysis.


Explanation:

In 2020, the 236th Convention overwhelmingly passed Resolution 7, which directed the bishops to create a task force as to reparations by ECCT in partial compensation for 400 years of discrimination and bias based on race.

A necessary step is to analyze the sources and value of financial gifts to ECCT to determine which, if any, may represent the financial gains derived directly or indirectly from either the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the labor of enslaved persons, the sale of enslaved persons, or other fruits of the bodies or labor of enslaved persons.


Requirements to Implement:

Requirements to Implement the Resolution: Working in coordination with the Bishops and the Canon for Mission Finance and Operations, the ECCT will hire a professional firm experienced in forensic accounting to oversee the historical analysis.