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  • Writer's pictureKyle Vath

The 148th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio

The 148th Annual Convention was held on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Christ Church Cathedral and remotely through Zoom. Among the resolutions proposed, two specifically pertained to the environment and Creation Care. Both of these resolutions passed.

Resolution 2022-08 - A Call For Environmentally Responsible Investing

This resolution strongly urged all institutions and congregations of the Diocese of Southern Ohio to engage the topic of divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in clean energy in a fiscally responsible manner by using resources from the Commission on Creation Care and Environmental Justice to:

  1. Determine the current percent of investment in companies holding fossil fuel reserves.

  2. Work with financial advisors to develop a three to five year plan to divest from the these investments focusing on reinvestment in clean energy industries while maintaining expected returns on investment.

  3. And share progress toward this goal with the diocese’s Commission on Creation Care and Environmental Justice annually beginning October 1, 2023 and share progress in the Parish Annual Report.

During the convention, the diocesan trustees (overseeing the diocesan endowments) reported that their current investments include 0.24% of their equity in fossil fuel companies. They stated that, "consistent with the Executive Council's 2018 Guidelines [they] are making no further direct purchases of fossil fuel holdings".

On November 29, 2022, the Christ Church Cathedral Vestry met with the Trustees and Michael Dunleavy of Cambridge Associates (our endowment fund manager). Mr. Dunleavy reported that, at present, "roughly 2% (Approximately $1.6M) of our endowment funds are invested in fossil fuels. There are no investments directly targeting investments in fossil fuels and this represents an underweight versus the relevant performance benchmarks which have 3.87%. There are also investments being made to support the energy transition (e.g. California Carbon Allowances)."

The Trustees are planning to meet in the coming months to engage the topic of divestment from fossil fuels and other ESG matters.


Want to learn more about The Episcopal Church's history of socially-responsible investing? Watch this new video, here! Additionally, "Third Act-Ohio" is an organization locally that is working with elder Ohioans to advocate for fossil fuel divestment - learn more here.


Resolution 2022-09 - A Call to Participate in Care of Creation and Address Environmental Injustice


This resolution strongly urged that all institutions and congregations of the Diocese of Southern Ohio to engage the topic of care of creation and environmental injustices using diocesan resources:

  • To build creation care and environmental justice into worship and formation for children and adults

  • To look for and implement ways within the congregation's means to conserve energy and reduce pollution and solid waste

  • To take action to overcome impacts like energy burden, air pollution, and excessive heat index on community members disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards

It also urged that all institutions and congregations take specific action within their communities to share widely these efforts as a witness to our neighborhoods, using social media, local media, and diocesan outlets and share this good news with the Commission on Creation Care and Environmental Justice.

Our Creation Care ministry for the Cathedral is closely engaged with the diocesan Commission on Creation Care and Environmental Justice as well as the Cathedral's facilities and event staff to act on the recommendations of this resolution.

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