TASK FORCE for
CHURCH [structures, governance, administration]
As many of you may know, our bishop provisional, Sean Rowe, is a member of TREC, the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church. Their work focusses specifically on the structure, administration, and governance of our communion.
Recently, I shared news of last night’s Churchwide Meeting of TREC at Washington National Cathedral. Bishop Sean was present at that meeting and remains in Washington on TREC business through Saturday. He alerted me to the fact that the webcast last night attracted viewers in the thousands from across the entire church.
I hope that some of you, many of you, were able to watch the webcast of that exciting meeting in part or in full. If not, a recording of the webcast can be found here and here. If nothing else, I commend to you the inspiring address given ten minutes into the webcast by the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry. I hope that some of you also considered submitting questions by email or on Twitter and if you did, consider sharing them with us here.
Twitter was alive with activity, as well, much of which can be seen under the hashtag #reimaginetec. The conversation is still hot, so I imagine people will continue tweeting about the meeting for at least a few days. If you’re a Twitter user, consider saving the hashtag, which remains the best way to follow Twitter conversations about TREC.
I’d also like to add, that just now, the Episcopal News Service published the story “Reimagining task force hears from the church,” it gives a fine overview of TREC and yesterday’s meeting.
If you feel like you know very little about the nature and progress of the work being done by TREC, I invite you to visit their website reimaginetec.org. I would specifically like to point out the 77th General Convention resolution which ordered the organization of this task force, found here. There are also a series of study papers and statements from the task force which might help you understand their work better.
This is an exciting time in our church as we revisit and reimagine the ways we live out our call to proclaim the gospel to all nations, learning how best we can organize ourselves to accomplish this in community for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
I invite all of you to consider more closely this work and to use this space to discuss your questions, hopes, concerns about TREC, its work, and the future of our church.
Missioner for Communication
“I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” — Blaise Pascal