[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Taskforce for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has provided a report to The Episcopal Church following its recent meeting.
TREC Report from March 13-15
The Task Force for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC) met in Linthicum Heights, Maryland at the Maritime Institute of Technology March 13 through 15. Our work followed the rhythms of the traditional monastic hours utilizing Daily Prayers for All Seasons. We give thanks to God for this time together.
We spent most of Friday working with the feedback that we have received thus far from throughout the church, including from the engagement kit, blogs, website postings, direct conversation, and a variety of other sources. We found the feedback formational for our ongoing work, and we very much appreciate the time and energy people put into engaging with us. Given the continued activity with the engagement kit, we have decided to keep it open and hope that more members will utilize it in small groups and large. Please continue to give us feedback through all different forums as we work toward our final report to be submitted later this year.
During our time together, we continued to develop our proposals and began to work on new sections of our final report, integrating feedback and beginning to prepare additional materials for future publication. We also began to develop strategies to widen the engagement process with the church, and will communicate these broadly as they become available.
We will continue our pattern of releasing materials for feedback and comment as we refine and build our proposals, reports, and specific legislation to submit to the 78th General Convention. We seek to uphold the mandate of CO95 to “engage in the common work of discernment”. We give thanks to God for a church that gives such thoughtful, inspiring, and provocative feedback, which will continue to guide and improve the work we are doing together.
We ask for your prayers as we continue this work:
Holy Spirit, who broods over the world, fill the hearts and minds of your servants on Task Force for Reimagining The Episcopal Church with wisdom, clarity and courage. Work in them as they examine and recommend reforms for the structure, governance and administration of this branch of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Help them propose reforms to more effectively proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to challenge the world to seek and serve Christ in all persons—loving our neighbors as ourselves and to be a blazing light for the kind of justice and peace that leads to all people respecting the dignity of every human being.
Be with The Episcopal Church that we all may be open to the challenges that this task force will bring to us—and help the whole church to discern your will for our future. In the name of Jesus Christ our Mediator, on whose life this Church was founded. AMEN
For more info, questions or comments, contact TREC members at firstname.lastname@example.org