The Episcopal Herald exists to dream about the future of The Episcopal Church, today. And not only to dream, but to give an accounting of the actions and directions taken at General Convention to steer the enormous ship that is The Episcopal Church.

  • What matters to parishioners?
  • What matters to the communities in which our churches bear witness to the Gospel?
  • What will the Church look like in 10 years? 20? 50?
  • What do we want it to look like, act like, be like?
  • What governance structures, support, or people need to be in place to make that vision a reality?

We return to these questions again and again as we examine the legislation and the hope of the Church during each triennium. We wish to herald the future Church by creating dialogue around the life of a Church on the move.

Who are we? By all appearances, many of us are Texan, although, as true Texans will tell you, living in Texas and being Texan are two different things. We are members of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, and we are passionate about finding common mission and common worship across diversity.

This triennium will see the bulk of both action and change for our Church in this Presiding Bishop’s tenure. We spent the last triennium learning about and clarifying Presiding Bishop Curry’s call to The Jesus Movement, investing in the vision of our church as way of life which focuses on being loving, liberating, and life-giving. His office has laid out three areas of focus as we’ve embraced the mission of the Jesus Movement: Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care. Networks have begun to form around these missional impulses. Now will be the time for implementation and growth. That makes this session of General Convention particularly significant for the work of the Church under our renewed mission. This is the actual turning of the ship, not just the charting of the course.

It will be particularly important to weigh the merits and measures of each resolution, budget proposal, task force, study, or policy amendment through the lens of our renewed mission. If it doesn’t get us closer to being a loving, liberating, life-giving people through Evangelism, Creation Care, or Reconciliation, then we need to think twice about it.

Questions about whether we walk or run toward that vision are up for grabs. Other questions about which tools, skills, networks, and pathways to take to reach that vision are also your call. These are the important considerations of the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. We have a vision. Now we must find both the courage and humility to chase after it, to turn the boat so that we go forward with one direction, one mission, one future. Our hope at The Herald is to bring the vision of that future to the surface, to paint it in blazing colors across the imagination of The Episcopal Church, and to ask the hard questions of discernment which come with it. We hope you’ll join us.

 

 

Posted by Eileen O'Brien