Full Legislative History
Resolution Number: 1985-D062
Title: Recognize and Respond to the Tragedy of the AIDS Crisis
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Substituted and Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, That this 68th General Convention of the Episcopal Church recognize with love and compassion the tragic human suffering and loss of life involved in the AIDS epidemic; and be it further

Resolved, That it repudiates any and all indiscriminate statements which condemn or reject the victims of AIDS; and be it further

Resolved, That the Executive Council is charged with:

  1. The development of special intercessory prayers for people affected by the AIDS crisis;
  2. The development and funding of programs of awareness, education and prevention concerning AIDS;
  3. The identification and funding of programs for ministry to all persons affected by AIDS;
  4. The implementation of these programs beginning no later than March, 1986, by appropriate program units of the dioceses, parishes and missions of this Church;

and be it further

Resolved, That the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church is requested to establish and lead a National Day of Prayer and Healing with special intentions for the AIDS crisis, and to communicate the concerns presented in this resolution to the President of the United States urging long term, substantial federal funding for research.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, 1985 (New York: General Convention, 1986), p. 169.