‘Blue Book’ reports posted on General Convention’s website

By ENS staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012

[Episcopal News Service] The Blue Book, the collection of reports to the Episcopal Church’s 77th General Convention of the work completed by its committees, commissions, agencies and boards (CCABs), during the 2010-2012 triennium, is now available to download here.

The book, at more than 750 pages, also contains more than 150 “A” resolutions that the CCABs have proposed to the General Convention, which meets July 5-12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. (Legislative committee hearings and some other convention activities begin July 4.)

Most, but not all, “A” resolutions are contained in the Blue Book. For example, the church’s Executive Council agreed April 20 to submit three A resolutions to convention. Those three resolutions can be found in a list of all council action here.

Resolutions may also be submitted to convention by three other groups: bishops (B resolutions); dioceses (C resolutions); and deputies (D resolutions). Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson assign each resolution as it is received to one of the convention’s legislative committees. Once those assignments are made, resolutions are posted here. The deadline for filing any type of resolution is 5 p.m. EDT July 6, the second official day of convention.

The 5.15MB Blue Book file in PDF form includes a table of contents page with jump links to each CCAB report. And this edition of the Blue Book is salmon (Pantone 169 M).

People wishing to purchase a print copy of the Blue Book can pre-order it from Church Publishing Inc. here for $35. Cokesbury, distributor of Church Publishing’s materials, is currently offering a 20 percent discount, making the price $28. Purchasers must pay shipping costs based on their location.

For the first time, the Blue Book will be available in e-book formats, also from Church Publishing. Both versions will be available the week of April 30, according to a press release from the church’s Office of Public Affairs.

A PDF of the Blue Book in Spanish, El Libro Azul, will also be available the week of April 30.

For questions about The Blue Book, contact Christopher Barajas in the General Convention office at cbarajas@episcopalchurch.org.