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AT the end of the General Convention, the president of the pro-gay grouIntegrity lambasted the gathering for spending all of its ten legislative daypreoccupied by debates inspired by the Windsor report, writes Douglas LeBlanThe Convention did not entirely neglect other questions, but this year thbody has a longer list than usual of unresolved directives to local, state, anfederal governments, as well as to the governments of other nations.Some of the resolutions that made it through both Houses:A017 establishes the Churchs belief in several principles for morhumane immigration policies.A062 approves a text for a eucharist for space exploration. The prayebegins: Creator of the universe, your dominion extends through the immensitof space: guide and guard those who seek to fathom its mysteries.A067 approves Rites of Passage, a book of simple prayers fomilestones in family life, after extensive revisions and some deletionA095 supports family benefits for gay and lesbian couples, and opposes anlaws to prevent same-sex civil marriage or civil unions.A123 repents of Episcopalians past involvement in slaveholding, ancalls for work towards reconciliation.A167 reaffirms an earlier Conventions resolution that gay and lesbiaChristians are by baptism full and equal members of the Church, and pledges thChurch to include them on committees discussing issues of sexuality.C001 directs the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to addresanti-Jewish prejudice expressed in and stirred by portions of Christiascriptures and liturgical texts.D005 declares that efforts to criminalise homosexual behavior arincompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ, incompatible with resolutions asuccessive Lambeth Conferences, including the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10.D022 renews a commitment to the Millennium Development GoalAmong the resolutions that perished, some of which were referred back tcommittees, were: three relating to Israel and Palestine; the authorisation orites for same-sex blessings (which was rejected by the Bishops); the closurof Guantnamo Bay; action on climate change; and a recommitment to eradicathunger in the United State

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