Task force on church structure plans first meeting

By ENS staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013

[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Structure will conduct its inaugural meeting February 14-16 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.

The opening prayers and remarks from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings on Feb.14 at 3:00 p.m., as well as a review of the group’s mandate, are open sessions, according to a media advisory here.

The remainder of that day, the next two days’ proceedings and small-group discussions are private. The closing worship on Saturday is open.

The task force plans to issue a statement following the conclusion of the meeting, the advisory said.

The task force was called for via Resolution C095, approved at the July meeting of General Convention.

Resolution C095 calls for a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the church’s structures, governance, and administration.” According to the resolution “the membership of the task force shall reflect the diversity of the church, and shall include some persons with critical distance from the church’s institutional leadership.”

The roster of the task force is here and below:

The Rev. Jennifer L. Adams, Diocese of Western Michigan

The Rev. Joseph M.C. Chambers, Diocese of Missouri

Canon Judith G. Conley, Diocese of Arizona

Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, Diocese of North Carolina

Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Diocese of Texas

The Rev. Canon Marianne S. Ell, Diocese of North Dakota.

The Rev. Miguelina Espinal-Howell, Diocese of Newark

Professor Victor A. Feliberty-Ruberte, Diocese of Puerto Rico

The Venerable Robert Anton Franken, Diocese of Missouri

Dr. Catherine George, Diocese of New Jersey

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, Diocese of El Camino Real

Ian L. Hallas, Diocese of Chicago

Julia Ayala Harris, Diocese of Florida

The Rev. Dr. Bradley S. Hauff, Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Rev. Leng Leroy Lim, Diocese of Los Angeles

Thomas A. Little, Esq. Diocese of Vermont

The Rev. Canon Craig W. Loya, Diocese of Kansas

Sarah Miller, Diocese of Alabama

The Rev. Kevin D. Nichols, Diocese of New Hampshire

Bishop Sean W. Rowe, Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania

Margaret B. Shannon, Diocese of Texas

T. Dennis Sullivan, Diocese of New York

Jonathan McKenzie York, Diocese of North Carolina

The Rev. Dr. Dwight J. Zscheile, Diocese of Minnesota

In addition, two partners from other Anglican Communion provinces have been appointed: the Very Rev. Peter Elliott of the Anglican Church of Canada, dean of the Diocese of New Westminster and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver; and the Rev. Sathianathan Clarke, Th.D., of the Church of South India, who is the Bishop Sundo Kim Chair in World Christianity and professor of theology, culture and mission at Wesley Theological Seminary.

The task force will conduct a special gathering with representation from every diocese in preparation of its final report, due by November 2014, the advisory said. The date and location of the special meeting will be determined later.



Comments (4)

  1. The Rev Dr Thomas Nixon says:

    Of this list I’m wondering who might have ‘critical distance from the institutional leadership ‘?

    1. Julia Ayala Harris says:

      I do! There are several of us in the group that fall under the critical distance from institutional leadership category.

  2. The Rev. Donna Gleaves says:

    I am a bit disappointed that there is no one from the dioceses in the West, many of which have small parishes in very rural areas and which often don’t fit the typical East Coast/urban format and style. We can be very different.

  3. The Rev. Dann Brown says:

    Why are ANY of the meetings private?

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