The Global Mission Digital Toolkit is intended for individuals, small groups, congregations, dioceses, and our partners across the Anglican Communion. The lens of the toolkit will focus on the Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centered Life and the Standing Commission’s Guiding Principles for World Mission.
The resources included in this toolkit are webinars, videos, downloadable PDFs, articles, and other online resources. All the educational materials will explore the biblical, theological, historical, ecclesial, and cultural dimensions of God’s call to global mission. The educational materials will highlight the sacred truth that world mission means being present with others, as Jesus became incarnate and was present with us, and that as companions in mission, we are open to one another, learn from one another, and are transformed as we reach a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christians together, even across boundaries might otherwise divide. The toolkit will be a living thing that can be added to and updated as new resources are developed and as our understanding of global mission engagement transforms. All resources will be available in English and Spanish.
The toolkit development was funded by a Constable Fund Grant and done in collaboration between The Episcopal Church’s Office of Global Partnerships, The Standing Commission on World Mission, and The Global Episcopal Mission Network.
Standing Commission on World Mission Message to the Church
The Standing Commission on World Mission invites the Church to embrace and remember this call to God’s mission throughout the world:
BECOMING A WORLD WHERE LOVE IS THE WAY:
Crossing Boundaries, Listening Deeply, Living Like Jesus, Together
Following the example of Jesus, who sent disciples into all the world, the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement is a global church. We gather as communities in North, Central, and South America, in Europe, and in Asia. We are part of the Anglican Communion. We work with ecumenical and inter- religious partners. We cross global boundaries at home through relationships with migrants and refugees. When we cross boundaries with love, we are sharing in God’s mission.
Where is God calling us?
As we cross boundaries, with the help of God, we strive to listen deeply to one another and to the Word of God in Holy Scripture. We discover and honor sacred differences in cultures and people. We repent of harm caused by failing to listen and failing to honor one another. We hear the Spirit calling us to renounce evil powers that corrupt and destroy the creatures of God.
Whose voices need to be heard?
Living Like Jesus
Jesus proclaimed the good news of God’s reign of love in this world. Episcopal Church mission priorities of evangelism, reconciliation, and creation care have global dimensions. Following Jesus in the Way of Love calls us to work with global partners to address racism, environmental degradation, human migration, challenges to human rights, poverty, and the need for sustainable development – all while proclaiming God’s love, mercy, and hope.
What would Jesus say or do today?
God’s mission is to make us one together, to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. We have far to go, but as we walk together, God is at work among us. We trust that God has poured out gifts on the whole Church. We seek mutual, interdependent relationships – offering and receiving gifts, respecting differences, sharing joys and sorrows, learning from each other, living into God’s Beloved Community, Becoming a World Where Love is the Way.
How will we walk more closely together?
The SCWM discerned Guiding Principles to frame the work of and offer a direction for global mission for The Episcopal Church and its mission partners around the world, to walk the Way of Love in a global context. The Message to the Church, Becoming a World Where Love Is the Way, embodies these Guiding Principles.
The Guiding Principles will be a Resolution to the 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, to include an invitation to all dioceses and jurisdictions to have a Global Mission Advocate to nurture the ongoing work of global mission.
Racial Reconciliation and World Mission Resources
On June 9, 2020, the Anglican Diocese of Brasilia released a statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The day before a peaceful demonstration took place with Bishop Maurício Andrade, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Brasilia, the Revd. Tati Ribeiro, Pastor of the Anglican Cathedral of the Resurrection, and members of the community who all knelt in front of the Cathedral in Brasilia with their arms stretched out into fists.
Along with the statement from the Anglican Diocese of Brasilia, you will find a reflection for individuals and small groups to further understand the statement and discern God’s call for racial reconciliation.
Creation Care and World Mission Resources
Globally, the Anglican Church has long been concerned with environmental issues. The Anglican Communion states that the fifth mark of mission is ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth’. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa environmental network aims to support churches and Dioceses to fulfil Gods call to be Earth keepers and to care for creation.
In 2012 a Provincial Coordinator, the Rev. Rachel Mash was appointed. The Network became a movement under the name of “Green Anglicans” and is based in South Africa. The movement has now spread to Central Africa (Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe), Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Portugal.
The Mission of the Green Anglicans movement is to:
- Resource and inspire Anglicans in the spirituality of Caring for Creation
- Inspire and encourage individuals to live sustainable lives
- Inspire and equip Churches and Dioceses to practical actions as Earth keepers
- Challenge and network individuals, Churches and Dioceses to prophetic acts of advocacy
The Green Anglicans Movement hosted an online Lecture Series led by the Rev. Rachel Mash and the Rev Shaun Cozett. In the series, The Rev. Rachel Mash looks at the connection between spirituality and creation in the Old and New Testament and The Rev. Shaun Cozett addresses climate change in Africa and the use of Liturgy and care for creation.
The Lecture Series aired in October and November of 2020 and participants joined from countries like Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa.
Worship and World Mission Resources
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