Saturday, February 20, 2010

Executive Council begins four-day Omaha meeting

From Episcopal Life Online-

The Episcopal Church's Executive Council began its four-day meeting here Feb. 19 by getting briefings on the work it faces and by hearing a renewed call for the church to stand with its Diocese of Haiti.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori also told the council that tension is mounting in the Diocese of South Carolina over efforts to ascertain the diocese's plans for dealing with disaffected Episcopalians.

The Feb. 19-22 meeting at the Omaha Hilton is taking place in the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. Council will hear about the mission and ministry of the diocese on the evening of Feb. 21.

Council members spent the morning of Feb. 19 in plenary session and broke into committees in the afternoon. Those committee meetings will continue all day on Feb. 20. Council reorganized itself during its last meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, into five new standing committees: Local Mission (LM), Advocacy and Networking for Mission (A&N), World Mission (WM), Governance and Administration for Mission (GAM) and Finances for Mission (FFM).

In her opening remarks to the council, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, council president, told the members that relatively few people, including Episcopalians, know that the Diocese of Haiti is the numerically largest diocese in the Episcopal Church with some 200,000 members.

"Our destinies and, I would say, our salvation are tied up with each other," Jefferts Schori said of Haiti and the rest of the church, especially since the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. "How we continue to respond in solidarity and partnership and in Christian fellowship with the people of Haiti in the coming years is of immense importance."

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