The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, meeting November 10 and 11 in its annual convention, gave its support to the Millennium Development Goals.
A number of controversial resolutions were presented from the vestry of St. Paul's Church, Hudson, Wisconsin, according to a diocesan news release.
The five resolutions were attempts to align the diocese with the stance of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes (NACDP). Included in the sponsors' packet was information from the NACDP, a pastoral letter from that organization's moderator and material from the primates of the "global south."
A motion to table those resolutions, plus an additional sixth resolution, and refer them to Executive Council was defeated, according to the news release. Four of the five resolutions were defeated by written ballot.
The news release said that a "spirited, well-mannered discussion and debate" on the resolutions reflected the "unwillingness of the diocese to adopt policy statements of a theological nature in contradiction to standard Anglican teaching with respect to scripture, tradition, and reason as well as on items perceived to be redundant, out of local competence, and forestalling prematurely the tensioned debate currently underway amongst Anglicans worldwide."
A resolution on the Lordship of Jesus was approved.
A sixth resolution was presented by the vestry and deputation from Grace Church, Rice Lake, as a conciliatory response and was passed. It is now "the official directive of diocesan convention's desire to position the diocese in the central, moderate spectrum of historic Anglicanism," the release said.
The resolution said that the diocese, "as a Christian family," affirms that:
The Convention also welcomed a "son" of the diocese, Alaska Bishop Mark MacDonald, whose visit was cut short by a snow storm in the far West. He is the former rector of St. Mary's Church, Tomah, Wisconsin.
The Diocese of Eau Claire comprises about 2,230 Episcopalians worshipping in 23 congregations in the north and eastern parts of the state of Wisconsin.