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View from the Convention: ‘The big word is change’

View from the Convention: ‘The big word is change’

Bishop Steve Lane from the Diocese of Maine presents a nice intro to General Convention in this video message to the folks back home. “The big word here at this General Convention is change,” he notes, “and everywhere you go, conversation about change is taking place. Some of it is technical change, things that we can fix in easy ways … and a lot of it is about adaptive change, our need to try new things, to experiment, to be fleeter of foot and to move more quickly and more flexibly. Lots of conversation about change and I think much less clarity and consensus about what particular changes we should make.”


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Jim Strader

We change tires on an automobile or change the radio station while driving in said car. Transformation is what we need to be considering, not change. +Steve is correct when he mentions technical and adaptive “changes.” Adaptive change is more than exchanging one budget line for another or reducing the size of the 815 staff yet once again. Adaptive change is transformational and will require lots of stakeholders and plenty of time, prayer, and involvement to work and bring something Spirit-Led and life-giving into our denomination.

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