TREC presents final report for General Convention 2015 consideration

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has presented its final report to the 78th General Convention and to the Church, and for inclusion in Reports to General Convention, commonly referred to as The Blue Book.

The report is available in English and Spanish.

Also on Dec. 14, TREC also released A Word to the Episcopal Church about its final report.

TREC’s work was directed by Resolution C095, which was approved by the 77th General Convention in 2012, with the specific task of preparing recommendations to the 78th General Convention for reimaging and restructuring the church.

The Episcopal Church’s 78th General Convention, June 25-July 3 will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It is comprised of the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay representatives elected from the 109 dioceses of the Church, at more than 800 members.

Comments

  1. Rich Basta says:

    This is a pretty bold and thought-provoking report to be sure. I think they did a good job of laying out all the issues, naming the challenges that exist and presenting some overall solid reccomendations. Not all of them will be adopted at GC 2016, but that’s to be expected. I appreciate their efforts.

  2. I agree with the provision that one of the groups should make better decisions.
    Otherwise, it appears that the expense of the national church will be reduced.
    Probably, nothing can be done to change the ongoing decline in numbers of people and money.
    The biggest issue, only marginally addressed, is the process toward ordination and expense thereof.
    Allen Hinman, retired priest Diocese of Newark.

  3. Rev. Ruth B Paulus says:

    I truly believe that this brings a tremendous sense of hope and renewal. It is about time. The Spirit is well and alive in the church and we need to get out of the Spirit’s way! Hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. How incredibly refreshing. Thank you for all your hard work!

  4. PJ Cabbiness says:

    Well intentioned vacuous rubbish.

  5. Kenneth Knapp says:

    Looks like more politics to me. When will they ever learn?

  6. As I read it, the resolution proposed is to create a “bicameral” body to replace both Houses of governance…but the stipulation in the resolution that allows that “distinct orders may both meet and vote separately on certain issues” allowed by Constitutions/Canons does not sound very “bicameral” to me…Window dressing, perhaps?

  7. The Rev. Vince Jang says:

    I started to write some input in a separate group. I am glad to see some of my viewpoints, shared by others are included. I do agree we still have a long way to go and hope reimagining will continue on after this convention is concluded. I had to go do something else which regretfully I did not complete further input. Thanks to all who assisted in this task as well.

  8. Oliver Jones says:

    Hmm. Not one mention of health insurance. Odd, considering that’s the biggest cost item in many budgets.

  9. The Rev. John Crist says:

    The report says that “one priest, one Altar” may no longer be viable. HELLO, that model hasn’t been viable in the rural areas served by PEC for 25 years. Cluster ministries and yoked parishes are not new ideas, but they are good and viable ways to address the problems faced by small congregations.

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