Today, we are looking more broadly at issues around the discernment, election, transition, and deployment of bishops. Blue is going to have a purple nose by the end of all this clue-looking among bishopy reports!
Author: Scott Gunn
What if we enjoy this day, this National Day of Prayer, for the purposes for which it was first instituted? What if we used this day to offer sincere prayer for our nation, for all those who live here, and for the common good?
We have an expensive and complicated process to elect and install our Presiding Bishop. This task force has recommended ways to streamline, clarify, and improve our process.
The Task Force for Leveraging Social Media for Evangelism was meant to create a curriculum. They didn’t get that done, but they’ve offered a worthwhile theology paper and a solid report. Read on…
It’s easy to forget, if you live in the big-church world, that the Episcopal Church is mostly small churches. At last report, the median Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) of an Episcopal Congregation in the USA is 57 people. This report looks at small church leadership formation.
We look at the report studying the relationship between the General Seminary (GTS) in New York City and the General Convention. GTS is the only “official” seminary now, meaning that some of its trustees are elected by the General Convention.
Today we look at two reports without resolutions, from the Advisory Committee Acting as Council of Advice to the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies Council of Advice. This is a quick post and two very brief reports!
Executive Council outdid themselves this time around. Blue has 125 (!) pages of material to wade through looking for clues. You’ll find comments on 19 (!) resolutions spanning a range of topics. The legislative fun never ends.
The Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation has written a solid report and proposed a bazillion resolutions. It’s a vital topic, so we send Blue looking for clues among a maze of legislation. He finds some good stuff.
Church geeks only: here is a bit more of the thinking on how I decide to vote yes or no on matters that come before General Convention. Mostly I’m pre-explaining why I’m going to say no to a boatload of resolutions.
Are you using Facebook differently? Are you migrating to other platforms? I don’t think the church or its ministers (lay and ordained) can ignore a platform that is so pervasive. But maybe we are close to a tipping point?
We Episcopalians started 21 new congregations this triennium. This is one of the most effective ways to reach new people. We’ve done some church planting well, and we need to do even more. Read this encouraging report, with a request for a modest continued investment.