There was the opening Eucharist complete with sermon from the Presiding Bishop
There were lengthy discussions on structure and various other matters. But perhaps the most important event of the day was the Acts 8 Moment meeting which I’ve blogged about before.
It seems to me that this is precisely the direction the church should move. During the “I dream of a church that…” section, one bishop said, “I dream of a church that makes its decisions in meetings like this,” in the context of prayer and bible study. The question about the future of the church is an important one. The question about restructuring the church is important, but it’s easy to get lost in the details. To begin with mission and vision, to begin with what might be, rather than with what is or what was, is to begin by imagining possibilities.
The Diocese of Maine captured the “I dream of a church” on video:
From Andy Jones
From Steve Pankey:
It was a powerful time of sharing, of hoping for the future, and of mourning for the way things are. As we prepared to end our time, ready to regather on the 11th, several people stood up and said, “Wait! We need to actually do something.” And so, with and empowering word from Andy Doyle, Bishop of Texas, five affinity groups were formed: one to propose candidates for HoD offices, one to draft legislation, one on dream sharing, one on local contexts, and one to pray for the whole thing.
You can add your own “I dream of a church …” on Facebook here: