Saturday, June 18, 2011

Conversations about changing the church occupy Executive Council

From ENS-

Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The question of how the Episcopal Church needs to change to fit into the reality of a changing world continued to occupy the church's Executive Council as it concluded its three-day meeting here.
The council met to "talk of hard financial issues and church decline and growth, to address elephants in the room, and to speak truth to one another in love," the members said in a letter to the church issued at the end of the meeting.

"We were attentive to structural matters, keeping in mind that well-functioning structures make mission more easily facilitated and supported," the letter said. "Again our surroundings reminded us that changing the direction of a big sea-going vessel can take more miles than we can currently see and more time than one might assume."

Council met June 15-17 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute.

Structural change was not the only subject on the council's agenda. It spent its entire final day in plenary session hearing committee and task force reports, and approving a series of resolutions. Among them were resolutions reiterating the church's support for the people and church in South Sudan in the face of increasing persecution and its support for a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine.

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