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Resolution Number: 1976-D036
Title: Support Efforts by Church, Government and Business to End Apartheid
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this General Convention:

  1. Commend again the continued witness of the Church of the Province of South Africa in the face of the doctrine and practice of apartheid;
  2. Call upon the Government of the United States of America to continue and increase its efforts to persuade the government of the Republic of South Africa to purge itself of its racist laws and practices and to work for a free and democratic society;
  3. Urge United States banks and other businesses (a) to cease selling goods and services to the government of the Republic of South Africa, (b) not to increase their investments or expand in South Africa under the present circumstances; and (c) to consider carefully both the possible good and the possible harm which their continued presence in South Africa results in and urge such banks and other businesses to make an honest and careful evaluation of their participation in the economic and social life of that nation and, if after such evaluation, their conclusion is that their presence in South Africa does not, on balance, assist or cannot be made to assist, in the struggle for human dignity and freedom that such banks and businesses be urged to withdraw from South Africa; and
  4. Agree that we in this country, who continue to be involved in our own racial crisis and adjustment, should extend the hand of love and encouragement to our fellow Churchmen, and all Christians, and to all the people of good will, in South Africa.
Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Minneapolis 1976 (New York: General Convention, 1977), p. C-125.