Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 1988-A071
Title: Develop an Educational Manual, Curriculum Materials and Video Resources
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred
Final Text:

Resolved, That the Education for Mission and Ministry Unit assume responsibility for overseeing the preparation of a manual (possibly entitled Called to Teach and Learn in the Episcopal Church ) that will have the purpose of lifting up a vision of Christian education in Episcopal congregations consonant with the vision and goals statement of the task force and, also, provide clear, practical guidelines for planning and implementing Christian education in different contexts; set forth norms for the selection and production of curriculum and other resources; describe specific teaching and learning needs and characteristics for all age groups; identify specifically Anglican theological, liturgical, and historical content for study; and outline alternative models for teacher training; and be it further

Resolved, That the Education for Mission and Ministry Unit develop guidelines and norms as well as the other planning necessary to produce a manual in collaboration with the appropriate inter-unit working groups at the Episcopal Church Center, in order to draw on the insights and experience of both leaders and local practitioners from all racial, ethnic, and cultural communities, and from the widest possible range of program concerns of the people of the Church; and be it further

Resolved, That the Education for Mission and Ministry Unit develop and implement a plan to familiarize the leaders of congregations throughout the Church with the manual and to assist them in using it as a foundation for the renewal of their educational ministries; and be it further

Resolved, That the Episcopal Church, through its educational leaders; recognize and affirm the production of curriculum materials and supplementary resources by dioceses, congregations, seminaries, ethnic communities, and private groups and individuals; and that the Education for Mission and Ministry Unit disseminate among these groups the norms for Episcopal curriculum, offer individual consultation or workshops to provide technical assistance and training for curriculum writers affiliated with the groups listed above or at the grassroots level; and be it further

Resolved, That the Education for Mission and Ministry and the Communication units oversee the development of a continuing program for the production of videotaped material and for its distribution to congregations in both English and Spanish versions, such material to include a training series for volunteer teachers; a "video resource" to share current news and information regarding programs and resources used in Episcopal congregations; a series on how to assess program needs, and to design, implement, and evaluate programs; and such other units and series as may be required in the future.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Detroit, 1988 (New York: General Convention, 1989), p. 230.