Around One Table report explores church's identity, mission

October 8, 2009

A report that affects how Episcopalians look at their church has been released with plans for future use.


The report, called "Around One Table," highlights the many attributes and feelings that are common to Episcopalians. "Around One Table is a multi-layered initiative designed to engage people in constructive conversations about the identity and mission of the Episcopal Church and how that relates to their lives and ministries," the report says.

The Around One Table report, videos and other information are available here.

The report cites among the top findings:

  • Episcopalians passionately want their church to hold Christ as central and believe their church attempts to do so.
  • Episcopalians see the church both actually and ideally as a people of the book whose faith is united by and expressed in their Book of Common Prayer.
  • Episcopalians view their church as both aspiring to hold and successfully expressing a sacramental understanding of the Christian life and relationship with God.

"Understanding who we are is essential to knowing what our task is," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. "Sometimes we sum up that quest for understanding as knowing 'who we are, whose we are, and where we're going.' Around One Table offers Episcopalians an objective tool to use in discovering how the broader community of Episcopalians is answering those questions."

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