The Theological Discernment Team in the Office of the Bishop assists this church in discerning, understanding, and responding to the needs of human beings, communities, society, and the whole creation through addressing systems, structures, and policies of society. It does this by
- Developing and coordinating this church’s theological and ethical study and analysis of social issues as part of its social witness,
- Developing this church’s social statements for action by the Church Council and Churchwide Assembly; and prepare, in consultation with the Office of the Presiding Bishop and appropriate churchwide units, messages and resolutions on social issues for action by the Church Council, and by
- Supporting, encouraging, and facilitating communication among formal and informal networks of people throughout this church committed to study, service, and advocacy concerning social issues.