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Bishop Sauls’ resolution for a Special Convention

Bishop Sauls’ resolution for a Special Convention

At the recent House of Bishops meeting, Bishop Stacey Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for The Episcopal Church, distributed a “model resolution for structural reform” for dioceses to discuss and submit to the 77th General Convention.” The resolution is available here.

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Gregory Orloff

Does the Episcopal Church have a vague message? This seeker certainly hasn’t found that to be the case, at least at the Episcopal church I’ve started attending. The message — that Christ Jesus’ gospel is precisely *good news* about how God loves *everyone* and expects us to do the same — comes through loud and clear through lively liturgy, engaging preaching and far-reaching social ministries for the hungry, the homeless and the health-challenged that show Christianity isn’t about “pie in the sky” while ignoring everyday gritty realities.

In an America where “Christianity” is increasingly used as a bludgeon to divide “them” against “us,” while claiming divine sanction for pro-war and anti-tax conservatism, it’s a message that needs to be heard. In my opinion, every Episcopal church should have a link on the homepage of its website leading to the baptismal covenant, titling it “Blueprint for Living.” It’s an inspirational vision of the kind of life the world desperately needs, and to which the Episcopal Church strives to bear witness. At least that’s what I’ve gotten out of meeting my Episcopalian neighbors.


I love the Episcopal Church, but have had enough of all of the conventions, committees, symposia, discussions, resolutions, etc. It should not take four years for something this important to be enacted! TEC (and other denominations) are too cumbersome and slow to respond to the real world. This is part of the reason why “mainstream denominations” are in decline. They don’t jive with what people see going on in their own lives.

Morris Post


I think it is a step in the right direction on the administrative front. Most dioceses and the national church are too topheavy, too resource-draining…all of this takes away from the true mission of the church. It would be nice to see this happen quickly, rather than take the seemingly normal path of discussion to the point of being blue in the face, with little true reform. As Elizabeth said in another post, it’s time for the church to become leaner. Shared ministry and resources are essential. I’m interested to see where this goes.

Michael Russell

Still a bad idea and a waste of money and time. It has no chance of invigorating TEC. Fixing structure will not fix us having a vague message.

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