David Beers' Condolence Resolution
Whereas, the members of Executive Council are deeply saddened by the death of David Booth Beers, Esq., on April 3, 2022, and
Whereas we recognize David’s extraordinary contributions over decades to the life and well-being of The Episcopal Church, which he deeply loved and which he served with great fidelity and ability;
Therefore be it
Resolved, by Executive Council, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from April 20-23, 2022, that, we mourn David’s death and extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Peggy, his children, grandchildren and kin, and to his many close friends, that they may take comfort in his extraordinary life and many achievements, as well as in the many unseen acts of kindness he rendered to so many; and be it further
Resolved, we give great thanks to God for David’s life and ministry, and for the exceptional devotion, faithfulness, creativity and ability David brought to his duties for The Episcopal Church, and be it further
Resolved, That Executive Council strongly commends David’s example of life-long service to the Church and to the wider world in many different capacities, as well as the many unheralded acts of kindness and service he rendered as a good man following Jesus.
Executive Council adopted the following resolution of appreciation for David’s service in early 2019, shortly after his retirement, G004. Those of us who knew and worked with David will especially miss him, his passionate commitment, his remarkable talent and wide learning, and his great knowledge and love for the Church and the law. He always gave The Episcopal Church his very best efforts. There was nothing half-hearted about him.
Whereas, David Booth Beers, Esq., served as Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop, beginning in 1991 and up until his retirement from that post on December 31, 2018, and
Whereas, David served through deeply challenging legal times for the Church, including management of unprecedented, extraordinarily complex, difficult and lengthy litigation attacking the legitimacy and polity of our Church during struggles for gender equality and full inclusion of LGBT persons at all levels of the Church; and
Whereas, David ably advised our Presiding Bishops and others in the Church in resolving highly sensitive issues in assuring the upright conduct of ministry at all levels in the Church; and
Whereas, David ably advised the Church and our Presiding Bishops on the wide variety of legal issues that arise in the life of a large, multi-national religious organization with millions of members and over 100 dioceses;
Now, therefore be it
Resolved, by the Executive Council, meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from February 21-24, 2019, that:
We recognize with great appreciation the long and steadfast service of David Booth Beers, Esq., as Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop;
We extend our hearty thanks to David for his deeply faithful service to our Presiding Bishops, to our Church and to our Lord Jesus;
We extend our very best wishes to David and his wife, Peggy, for a very long, happy, and enjoyable retirement from the Chancellor position.