Mourning Our Changing Church: Facing our moment, grieving what we are losing, anticipating a meaning

In the age of COVID-19, the Episcopal Church is undergoing profound and unplanned change. We can anticipate uncertain outcomes and potentially dramatic changes to our way of ‘being church.’ This is a moment when we are invited to grieve what was and what is being lost. It is a time we tap our resilience and plan for a transformed, impactful future as gospel witnesses to a world needing to hear the Good News.
A moderated panel discussion on the impact this pandemic is having in our faith tradition. Throughout this conversation, panelists will discuss grieving well in this moment, share observations and learning’s, and suggest ways we can position ourselves for the good, hard work of being church when this crisis abates.
Panelists include:
• Steven Huprich – Professor of Psychology, The University of Detroit Mercy; Clinical Psychologist; and Sr. Warden, Christ Church Cranbrook; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
• Phillip A. Jackson – Priest-in-charge and Vicar, Trinity Church Wall Street; New York, New York
• Micah T.J. Jackson – President, Bexley Seabury Seminary; Chicago, Illinois
• Cynthia Briggs Kittredge – Dean and President, The Seminary of the Southwest; Austin, Texas
• Melissa Rau – Director of Partnerships and New Initiatives, Episcopal Church Foundation; New York, New York (moderator)
• Robert C. Wright – Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; Atlanta, Georgia