So, the Task force on Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC, to insiders) has invited Episcopalians to a one day conference on October 7.
It will be held at the Washington National Cathedral.
Holding such an event at the very heart of the power and privilege of American culture and civil religion speaks volumes. It’s incredibly difficult for people to imagine an alternative vision of the church in such a setting.
Perhaps the restructuring process will be successful but if conference organizers and members of the task force are blind to the symbolic power of choices like where to hold such events, I fear they are also going to be blind to possible directions the Holy Spirit might be leading us.
Having the event in Detroit, for example, would send a very different message.