Three Resolutions to Come Before Special Meeting

4/22/2019

Three resolutions will come before the Special Meeting of the Connecticut Conference being held May 18th at the First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford.

An online meeting will be held May 2 from 7 to 9 PM for those who would like to hear more about the resolutions. Find out more and register here.

A Resolution of Implementation calling for an End to the Practice of Prolonged Solitary confinement in Connecticut Prisons and Jails, submitted by the Shalom United Church of Christ in New Haven.

By approving the resolution, delegates would "declare our opposition to the use of prolonged solitary confinement and commit ourselves to advocate for humane alternatives to long-term confinement."

The resolution also calls on congregations to become educated about the harms of solitary confinement, to learn from directly impacted individuals about the ways prolonged confinement is torture, and to advocate for humane alternatives.  It also urges congregations to join Stop Solitary Connecticut, a coalition that is a project of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT); and it requests that the Conference Legislative Advocate to make the issue a priority.

Read the full resolution here

A Resolution of Affirmation Regarding Citizenship of Certain Foreign-Born Children Adopted by American Citizens, submitted by the Church Council of Rocky Hill Congregational Church.

By approving the resolution, delegates would agree to "enter into a dialogue and discussion with each
other and our federal legislators about the citizenship rights of all foreign-born individuals adopted by US citizens in their land of origin and to adoptees brought to United States by their intended US citizen adoptive parents to finalize their adoptions here." 

It also calls on delegates to "work with our federal legislators to propose and sponsor legislation in the United States Congress to grant United States citizenship to foreign-born adoptees who were not covered by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000."

Read the full resolution here

A Resolution of Affirmation Regarding Child Marriage and Forced Marriages, submitted by the Church Council of the Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford.

By approving this resolution delegates would be making the statement that they "abhor the practice of
forced and child marriage" and they would call upon authorized ministers of the Connecticut Conference to
refuse to officiate such services. The resolution also calls upon the Connecticut General Assembly to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years old.

Read the full resolution here