If you haven’t seen this new study, and you’re interested in the Episcopal Church and how we might be able to most effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus to the world around us, then drop what you’re doing and read this:
“Around One Table is an invitation into a conversation. It’s a conversation about who we are as Episcopalians — our identity, our wellness, our mission — and how our sense of identity is expressed through our lives and the call we explore in ministry.
Around One Table is a conversation that has already begun but is far from over. The 23 themes of Episcopal identity emerged through a four-year study called the Episcopal Identity Project. Do you find yourself and your core values among these themes of Episcopal identity? We’d like to know.”
Read the full article here.
The site is full of resources reporting on a four year study into how Episcopalians see themselves and the Episcopal Church – and its place it society. There are pdf’s of the full report, summarized reports, videos, discussion guides and more.
If you were at the communications workshop I helped to lead in the Diocese of Oklahoma over the past three days, you’ll know why I’m so excited about this information. This is exactly what we need to have in front of us as we try to express the true identity of the Episcopal Church in such a way as it will invite our neighbors to experience the life changing encounter with God that we have found for ourselves in this Church.
There’s a great deal of background about this entire project posted over here at at Episcope too if you’re in a hurry and want the executive summary.