Resolution Concerning Lay Disruption of Parish Worship Services

Diocesan Standing Committee Resolution Concerning Lay Disruption of Parish Worship Services or Other Parish Activities - (March 4, 2018)


WHEREAS, as Christians, we must love all our brothers and sisters in Christ, our neighbors, and especially those members of our church families who, on occasion, may displease, irritate, offend, or otherwise disagree with us;

WHEREAS, as we have stated previously, parish worship services and other activities are places where Jesus is enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lords, where all God’s people are edified through God’s Word and the dominical Sacraments, and where we are challenged to serve one another in humility and fraternal love irrespective of our differences;

WHEREAS, it is an act of idolatry to knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly disrupt the worship of God, the ministry of the gospel, or the exercise of godly Christian fellowship; and

WHEREAS, some members of our diocesan congregations have nevertheless been unable to resist the sinful temptation to engage in disruptive behavior at parish worship services and other parish activities for petty, personal reasons;

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED by unanimous vote of a quorum of the Standing Committee of the Missionary Diocese of CANA West meeting on March 4, 2018, that …

In the event a lay individual:

Knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly disrupts a parish worship service or other parish activity of any member parish of the Missionary Diocese of CANA West through inappropriate speech, noise, physical behavior, display of signs or banners of any kind, and/or transmission of electronic messaging of any kind;

Knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly participates in any such disruption; or

Otherwise knowingly aids, abets, solicits, or encourages another to engage in such conduct;

… the Standing Committee of the Missionary Diocese of CANA West hereby recommends to the Rector of the diocesan parish where the worship service or other parish activity was disrupted, to the Rector of the parish where the layperson in question is a member (if different from the parish where the worship service or other parish activity was disrupted), and to the Diocesan Bishop:

That the individual(s) in question be excommunicated for period of at least six (6) months;

That the individual(s) in question be prohibited from physical entry into any diocesan church building for a period of at least three (3) months; and

That before re-entry into diocesan church buildings and return to participation in the Holy Eucharist is permitted, the individuals in question, in the sole discretion of the Rector of the diocesan parish where the disruption occurred (and the Rector of the diocesan parish to which the individual(s) in questions belonged, if applicable) must demonstrate significant repentance and amendment of life.


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