I don't often comment on the doings at Executive Council since, as a member, I feel some need to keep a lower than usual profile while we are meeting. Still, occasionally it is good to pass on something we are working on.
The Episcopal News Service just published a piece on the work we did yesterday and today on matters of organizing ourselves for the work of the next three years.
Titled, "Executive Council reorganizes, expands its standing committee structure," the article reports on the work of reorganization. Read the article HERE. the photo to the right carries the caption, "A group of Executive Council members work October 6 in Memphis, Tennessee, on a plan to reconfigure the group's standing committees. They are, from left, House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, the Rev. Gay Jennings, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, the Rev. Canon Mark Harris and the Rev. Dr. Lee Crawford."
Unfortunately I am easy to spot, the balding guy on the right. (Sigh). Still, I am honored to have my picture with Lee and Ian. The three of us have worked on a number of projects in the past three years and here we are again.
The upshot of the whole exercise was to see all the committees of Executive Council as committees concerned with mission, and to expand the committees of Executive Council by one, effectively separating "administration" from "finance."
While the final names for these committees is yet to be finally determined, the preliminary designations are as you see on the left.
Every three years, following General Convention, the Executive Council looks at its organization and determines just what it needs in the way of committees if it is to do the tasks set by General Convention.
The ENS article quoted me as saying, "Is there some way in which we can recapture the sense of the engagement with God's mission in the world, and by implication in our mission as Episcopalians to that end? Can we put our regulatory responsibilities as a corporate body into the context of a council gathered to proclaim good news in the context of the Episcopal Church?"
It will be interesting to see how the sense of engagement with God's mission will find voice in the next three years. The Episcopal Church is stretching again and there are lights on in the house.
Now of course we have to get the committees up and running and get to work.