House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings has appointed a House of Deputies special committee to draft legislation on sexual harassment and exploitation for this summer’s General Convention.
"In January, Presiding Bishop Curry and I called the church to
examine its history and end the systemic sexism, misogyny and misuse of
power that plague the church just as they corrupt our culture,
institutions and governments,” Jennings said. “We asked Episcopalians to
consider what roles each of us is called to play in the church’s
Since then, scores of women from across the church have contacted
her. “On Facebook, via email, by phone and in person, women have been in
touch to share their stories and let me know that they want to be part
of changing the church’s culture on these issues,” Jennings said. “I am
delighted to harness their energy by appointing this committee.”
The group, which Jennings will chair, is divided into five sub-committees that arose from ideas that women contributed to a Facebook discussion on
the House of Deputies page in late January. One group will draft
legislation concerning theology and language, while others will address
issues of structural equity including pay and benefits, the Title IV
disciplinary process, and social justice for women. In response to the
presiding officers’ call for the church to examine its history, a
sub-committee will draft legislation proposing the creation of a truth
and reconciliation process.
A roster of the special committee, created under Article X of the House of Deputies Rules of Order, is available on the House of Deputies website.