The Mission Task Force
Created by a resolution of the 2009 Diocesan Convention, the Mission Task Force spent a year listening to parishioners, clergy, committees, and other leaders of the diocese as they reflected and expressed their sense of purpose, meaning and mission as Christians and Church in the community and the world. The task Force then presented a report and resolutions to Convention in October of 2010, which articulated the energy and commitment of the diocese to new and/or renewed mission priorities.
In short, we learned of the rich life of feeding and being fed throughout our diocese. There exists a broad continuum of physical and spiritual hungers both within and without the Church. The most basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and warmth are lacking for many. Less obvious are the very real human needs for companionship, meaning, relevance, beauty, rest, love and relationship with God.
We have come to understand that feeding the hungry is not about us and them. It is not “serving the less fortunate.” Instead, it is a sharing of whatever we have in abundance with others who need some of what we have. The point is that all bring something to the table and in turn all take something away.
With this in mind, the MTF now seeks to develop a Diocesan wide mission focus of “Feeding the Hungry.” We believe this follows naturally from the Diocesan mission statement: “Live in Christ, Transform the World” with a solid concept of how to achieve just that. We would love to hear more about how the Parishes throughout the Diocese feed and are fed by their work with each other and in their surrounding communities. Please take a moment to visit our Facebook page and tell us what is working for you.
And do plan now to attend Convocation 2012 with our guest speaker Sara Miles. We have taken the lead in planning this event and believe you will find it enlightening and inspiring.