Responding to the Spirit's Invitation: Engaging God's Mission of the Beloved Community
This year the Episcopal Church in Minnesota will continue with the mission opportunity of Engaging God’s Mission of the Beloved Community, looking at it through a new lens: responding to the spirit’s invitation.
What this means, practically, is captured in the language we’ve used in ECMN for years – about the importance of identity, context and sustainability for faith communities. Being in relationship is essential, and in order to build authentic relationship, we have to know who we are, individually and collectively.
We build relationships from a place of abundance, from a place of self-knowledge and clarity. We aren’t trying to fix ourselves or fix someone else. We notice who we are drawn to, and we step towards relationship. Oftentimes, when we’re entering into relationship in the Beloved Community, that step may feel uncomfortable, and we may hesitate. But when we come to the table knowing who we are and what we have to offer, we are able to push through our own discomfort and hesitation in order to step towards others, towards relationship, and towards the transformation that God has planned for us.
What you’re being invited into is year is to:
- Discern your gifts, individually and collectively
- Map the assets of your faith community and city
- Build relationships with individuals and organizations in your community by identifying places where there is energy, overlap and connection. These relationships will lead towards shared and collective actions of justice and reconciliation.
Doing this good work will help us create a Beloved Community in which:
Faith communities deepen their ability to act from a place of abundance, understanding their giftedness and realigning their work, strategy and mission in accordance with the energy and movement of God.
Neighborhoods are enriched. As faith communities enter into their neighborhoods with fullness and confidence, building relationships and looking for opportunities for collective action that benefits their neighbors, communities will become more abundant, finding that they have what they need to meet the needs of those around them.