It's the Feast of Anskar, Bishop and Missionary to Denmark and Sweden. The collect for the day captures something of his life.
Almighty and everlasting God, who sent your servant Anskar as an apostle to the people of Scandinavia, and enabled him to lay a firm foundation for their conversion, though he did not see the results of his labors: Keep your Church from discouragement in the day of small things, knowing that when you have begun a good work you will bring it to a faithful conclusion; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A useful exercise is to take each of the "adaptations" being proposed and restate them within a broader context. For me that context is a mix of: 1) what are the facts? 2) an appreciative stance toward our tradition and ethos, 3) an understand of pastoral and ascetical theology with a systems perspective, and 4) a grasp of the research and experience about how organizations successfully manage the need for adaptation while maintaining and advancing institutional integrity, identity, and integration.
Here's what occurs to me.
Yes, it takes more words to move from bumper sticker solutions to actual direction. You may have better ways of expressing what I'm struggling with -- please give it a try.
It's an exciting and difficult time for the Episcopal Church. Any of us, including me, can get things wrong; can misread the times; and can lack the needed competencies and wisdom for the work.