Official Seal of the General Convention

Task Force for Re-imagining The Episcopal Church

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That this General Convention believes the Holy Spirit is urging The Episcopal Church to reimagine itself, so that, grounded in our rich heritage and yet open to our creative future, we maymore faithfully: • Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom • Teach, baptize and nurture new believers • Respond to human need by loving service • Seek to transform unjust structures of society • Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth; and be it further Resolved, That this General Convention establish a Task Force under the Joint Rules of Order, whose purpose shall be to present the 78th General Convention with a plan for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration; and be it further Resolved, That this Task Force shall be accountable directly to the General Convention, and independent of other governing structures, to maintain a high degree of autonomy; and be it further Resolved, That the Task Force shall have as many as 24 members, appointed jointly by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies by September 30, 2012. 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; and be it further Resolved, That, in order to be informed by the wisdom, expertise, and commitment of the whole body of the Church, the Task Force shall gather information and ideas from congregations, dioceses and provinces, and other interested individuals and organizations, including those not often heard from; engage other resources to provide information and guidance, and shall invite all these constituencies to be joined in prayer as they engage in this common work of discernment; and be it further Resolved, That the Task Force shall convene a special gathering to receive responses to the proposed recommendations to be brought forward to the 78th General convention, and shall invite to this gathering from each diocese at least a bishop, a lay deputy, a clerical deputy, and one person under the age of 35. It may also include representatives of institutions and communities (e.g., religious orders, seminaries, intentional communities); and be it further Resolved, That the Task Force shall report to the whole Church frequently, and shall make its final report and recommendations to the Church by November 2014, along with the resolutions necessary to implement them, including proposed amendments to the Constitution and Canons of the Church; and be it further Resolved, That the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance consider adding $400,000 to the 2013-2015 triennial budget, to enable this Resolution to be implemented energetically and successfully, “…for surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Name Position Term ends Diocese, Province
George, Katy Convener 2015 New Jersey, II
Loya, Mr. Craig Convener 2015 Nebraska, VI
Adams, The Rev. Jennifer Member 2015 Western Michigan, V
Ayala Harris, Ms. Julia Member 2015 Oklahoma, VII
Chambers, The Rev. Joseph Member 2015 Missouri, V
Clarke, The Rev Dr. Sathianathan Member 2015
Conley, Canon Judith Member 2015 Arizona, VIII
Curry, The Rt. Rev. Michael Member 2015 North Carolina, IV
Doyle, The Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Member 2015 Texas, VII
Ell, The Rev. Canon Marianne Member 2015 North Dakota, VI
Elliott, The Very Rev. Peter Member 2015
Feliberty-Ruberte, Prof. Victor Member 2015 Puerto Rico, IX
Franken, The Rev Robert Anton Member 2015 Colorado, VI
Gray-Reeves, The Rt. Rev. Mary Member 2015 El Camino Real, VIII
Hauff, The Rev. Dr. Bradley Member 2015 Pennsylvania, III
Howell, The Rev. Miguelina Member 2015 Connecticut, I
Lim, The Rev. Leng Member 2015 Los Angeles, VIII
Little, Mr. Thomas Member 2015 Vermont, I
Miller, Ms. Sarah Member 2015 Alabama, IV
Nichols, The Rev. Canon Kevin Member 2015 New Hampshire, I
Rowe, The Rt. Rev. Sean Member 2015 Northwestern Pennsylvania, III
Shannon, Ms. Margaret Member 2015 Texas, VII
Sullivan, Mr. T. Dennis Member 2015 New York, II
York, Mr. Jonathan Member 2015 North Carolina, IV
Zscheile, The Rev. Dr. Dwight Member 2015 Minnesota, VI
Barlowe, The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Ex Officio n/a California, VIII
Jefferts Schori, The Most Rev. Katharine Ex Officio n/a Nevada, VIII
Jennings, The Rev. Gay C. Ex Officio n/a Ohio, V
Planned meetings
Date(s) Location Documents
October 2 - 4
Past Meetings
Dates Location Minutes Documents
Today (Tele/Web conference)
August 25 (Tele/Web conference)
August 19 (Tele/Web conference)
July 17 - 19 Linthicum Heights, Maryland
July 3 (Tele/Web conference)
April 8 (Tele/Web conference)
March 13 - 15 Linthicum Heights, Maryland
March 5 (Tele/Web conference)
February 26 (Tele/Web conference)
February 12 (Tele/Web conference)
January 29 (Tele/Web conference)
January 27 (Tele/Web conference)
January 24 (Tele/Web conference)
January 15 (Tele/Web conference)
December 6-7, 2013 Linthicum Heights, Maryland
September 5, 2013 (Self-organized)
July 12-13, 2013 Linthicum Heights, Maryland
July 2, 2013 (Tele/Web conference)
March 6, 2013 (Tele/Web conference)
February 14-16, 2013 Linthicum Heights, Maryland
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