Urban Caucus debates church growth and discipleship

January 17, 2003

The Episcopal Urban Caucus will meet in Chicago February 26-March 1, 2003 to hear a report on national church anti-racism hearings, engage the issues raised by '20/20,' and learn about nonviolence, radical discipleship, and economic justice.

'Chicago is a good place for us to meet,' said the Rev. Emmett Jarrett, TSSF, national coordinator of the EUC. 'The leadership of Bishop William Persell in interfaith peace efforts makes caucus members feel very much at home. The work we did in Los Angeles last year on multicultural ministry positions us to challenge the Episcopal Church to be a church for all races, a church without racism, and to respond to ‘the new majority' in the nation and the church of Black, Latino, Asian and Native peoples.'

The theme of the assembly is Church Growth or Discipleship, and the Rev. Ian Douglas, professor of global mission at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is keynote speaker. The sermon at the Assembly Eucharist at St. James Cathedral will be preached by the Hon. Byron Rushing, Massachusetts state representative and former president of the caucus. The banquet speaker will be Bishop Paul Moore, who led the caucus on a picket line at its first assembly in Indianapolis in 1980.

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice will meet with the caucus, and workshops on nonviolence and economic justice actions will be presented by these church networks. Special attention will be paid to General Convention issues this year, and a high priority is given to youth in attendance at the Assembly.

For more information, see the EUC website, www.episcopalurbancaucus.org.