Resolution on Colonialism and Puerto Rico
Resolved that the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 20-23, 2022, gives profound thanks for the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico and its steadfast service to Christ, particularly for the Rt. Rev. Rafael Morales and all clergy and laity of the diocese; and be it further,
Resolved that the Executive Council acknowledges the longstanding impacts of colonialism on the territories of the United States, including the island of Puerto Rico, particularly grieving the ways in which the Church has been both active and complicit in the legacy of colonialism in Puerto Rico; and be it further,
Resolved that the Executive Council commends the stirring presentation of Professor Víctor A. Feliberty-Ruberté to this Council on April 22nd, 2022, especially the assertion that the work of addressing colonialism is to “Renounce what is unjust and its alliances, Denounce the abuses of systemic oppression, and to Proclaim hope and possibilities” (Rt. Rev. Francisco Reus Froylán); and be it further,
Resolved that the Executive Council expresses its sincere intention to continue journeying faithfully, guided by people and the Diocese of Puerto Rico, to uncover, wrestle with, and seek the healing from the sins of colonialism levied against the people of Puerto Rico; and be it further,
Resolved that the Executive Council further strongly urges the next Executive Council to further engage deeply in the work of justice in relation to the people of Puerto Rico in the 2022-2024 triennium and beyond, as a continuing element of the ongoing commitment of this church to the work of dismantling systemic racism, colonialism, and white supremacy in our midst.