The Presiding Bishop Weighs In

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church recently offered her reflections on General Convention. One of Bishop Jefferts Schori’s few acknowledgements of the deep problems of the Church she leads:

“We’ve begun to realize, pretty widely across the Church, that the way we’ve “done church” for the last century or more no longer fits many of our contexts. We haven’t been terribly effective at evangelism with unchurched populations; we haven’t been terribly effective at retaining the children born to Episcopal parents; family structures are changing and our ability to address the needs of those families has not kept pace, whether we’re talking about ECWs and women in the workforce, or single-parent families, or special needs children.”

Yet she doesn’t list any substantial efforts to address the above issues other than to “restructure” the church (which as far as I can see means, downsize the national bureaucracy.) At least, I don’t see specific programs or other ways to respond to the Presiding Bishop’s real concerns. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “The Presiding Bishop Weighs In”

  1. Michael Foley says:

    Leadership requires vision. Lack of direction, and clear specifics do not necessarily imply lack of vision. The end of the missionary movement at the beginning of the 20th century and the subsequent vision for urban ministry captured the vision of the nation. Churches were built and well attended in the first half of the last century. The Church needs direction, and not the vision of the Presiding Bishop. But can she galvanize both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops to articulate a new long term vision and mission for our Church for tomorrow based on today? Shouldn’t every member of our Church have concern for the mission of the broader Episcopal Church?

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