History of the Position Paper

1980
The Convocation begins. It becomes the tradition of the Convocation to make statements and/or actions as relevant under titles of resolutions, action papers, etc.

1995
Convocation and Steering Committee discussion on somehow expanding our mission statement and defining what we are all about as a convocation. The proposal of POSITION PAPERS was introduced and research would be done by the regional representatives to be reported at next Convocation.

1996
Guidelines for proposing and writing Position Papers along with guidelines for review, approval, and implementation were completed and adopted by the Convocation and implemented by the Steering Committee. Next Convocation would be the first to work on Position Papers.

1997
As part of the Convocation, Panel discussions were held on a variety of topics which needed clarification. Position Papers were to define some role or standing the Convocation has on a detention ministry/social justice principal. As a result, six position papers were submitted, reviewed and adopted by the Convocation & Steering Committee.

1998
Two additional Position Papers were submitted, reviewed and adopted by the Convocation & Steering Committee.

1999
Three additional Position Papers were submitted, reviewed and adopted by the Convocation & Steering Committee.

2000
One additional position paper was submitted, reviewed and adopted by the Convocation & Steering Committee.

2001
One additional position paper was submitted to the Steering Committee for research and development. This will be submitted to the Regional Caucuses/Convocation, June 2002.

2004
One position paper was approved.

2006
One position paper was approved.

2007
One position paper was submitted by Convocation planners and was approved.

2008 – _____

2011
One position paper was approved.

See the index of position papers for subsequent position papers that have been submitted and approved by participants at Convocations.