TREC Drek?

I have been waiting for something new from the Episcopal Church headquarters that promises to reverse the escalating decline in numbers and the vanishing Episcopal identity. I should be careful what I pray for, since the best the church has come up with is a Task Force for Re-imagining the Episcopal Church (“TREC”).

This committee has just issued a letter to all of us Episcopalians. It promises many new ideas and proposals but in itself offers no specific suggestions other than trying to “reach out” to non-white minorities who have been outreached for decades with little success. Some will find the prose warm and unctuous and not quite matching the seriousness of the subject.

At least, the powers that be are trying, though. Having been a member of various church task forces over the years, I know that these meetings are time-consuming and occasionally maddening. All power to the people who are devoting their energies to TREC.

We should be grateful, too, that the problem of numerical decline seems finally to be sinking in at the highest levels–as it is in our own diocese. For Christmas, let’s be positive and grateful. —J. Douglas Ousley


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