Longings & Concerns
Youth / Children / Young Adults
Our congregations long for additional tools and training to support reaching out to the youth and young families in our neighborhoods and communities. We understand that this ministry is a significant challenge in our constantly changing culture, but so many of us have a heart for our young people and would welcome reinforcements for this unique ministry and outreach.
Our deacons are beginning to take significant leadership in developing outreach ministries and promoting advocacy in the public arena. We see a need for greater support both for the existing diaconate and for an expansion of diaconal ministry across the state.
While we have several desires around outreach and advocacy, one ministry deserving of particular expansion is our outreach to the growing Latino population in Colorado. While we have begun this work, it is clear that our next bishop will need to continue to push this ministry forward.
We also recognize a desire to expand racial, ethnic, and economic diversity in our congregations. We want to highlight that which connects us rather than what divides us. We acknowledge that this would include addressing difficult topics at all levels of church life, especially in our congregations.
One of our concerns in The Episcopal Church in Colorado is that the theological diversity of our diocese, particularly as it concerns LGBTQ+ inclusion and women’s ordination, continues to be respected. It is important that each parish be supported in living out its unique identity. While we understand there are differences between us, we also value our life together in The Episcopal Church.
Our smaller congregations greatly yearn for expanded support for the revitalization and development of their ministries. There is a concern in many of these parishes that their important ministries will be overlooked in favor of them being closed. We long for the continued development of a variety of ways to support these ministries and parishes.
Lay and Clergy Formation
The expanding opportunities for ministry in our congregations are leading to a desire for more education and formation in the Christian faith for both laity and clergy. Increased Christian formation for people of all ages was the expressed hope for many. One of the more spirited responses from our survey was the felt need for our diocese to put in place processes and standards to attract and retain quality clergy in support of the work of our parishes.
A need for more transparency in decision-making in all areas of church life was expressed. Many also hoped for further growth of more widely available diocesan programs and offerings. Although we acknowledge the continuing challenge, we encourage ongoing attention to improve communication and collaboration among clergy, parishes, and diocesan ministries. While the geography of Colorado makes this a daunting task, many hoped for a deeper personal connection with our bishop.
Although we value our diversity and ecumenical relationships, Episcopalians in Colorado also strongly value our Episcopal identity and the traditions of our Anglican heritage. We hope to continue to practice and celebrate this tradition.