Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation, shared her missional moment as she presented at the inaugural Missional Voices Conference in April. In her position Canon Spellers is responsible for supporting the ministry of the Presiding Bishop and Primate as it pertains to evangelism and reconciliation efforts at the local, congregational, diocesan, and churchwide levels. She began her presentation by telling us that mission is about being sent by God. This means that living missionally is about crossing boundaries and participating in God’s mission, that is, “loving the world into wholeness,” in all that we do. She says that the Spirit is on the move and so mission must also be on the move. “Anybody watching us should see God’s mission in all that we do;” it’s a way of being. And so I leave you with the questions that Canon Spellers left to us:
“What is God up to? How do we function in relationship to God’s mission? What is the mission of the church?
Giving voice to the many ways we experience mission in the church
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA