Gathering at God's Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2012 - Religion - 219 pages
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A profound reminder of our role in God's vision for a restored and reconciled world.

"The work before us--this mission of God's--is immense, cosmic, even. The world is hungry, thirsty, homeless, sick, lonely, imprisoned and enslaved--because some parts are. The creation is groaning in travail because of our abuse of the garden in which we have been set. The body is ailing. Participating in God's mission is about seeing and responding to that collective suffering, and beginning to understand our interconnection with the other parts of the body."
--from the Introduction

In the Christian tradition, believers are called to do more than sit around and pray. Throughout the Gospel--and throughout history--people of faith have been quite literally booted out into the world to bring God's love to everybody, not just a select few. That's the meaning of mission--from the Latin verb mitto, meaning, "to send." It is the work that Jesus and his disciples set out to do--feeding, healing and teaching.

In an insightful and powerful voice, Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, explores the meaning of mission in the context of contemporary life, reminding us of the Anglican Communion's Five Marks of Mission:

  • Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • Teach, Baptize and Nurture New Believers
  • Respond to Human Need with Loving Service
  • Seek to Transform Unjust Structures of Society
  • Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation, and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth


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Katharine Jefferts Schori is the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Prior to being elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada in 2000 and her ordination to the priesthood in 1994, she was a visiting assistant professor in Oregon State University's department of religious studies, a visiting scientist at Oregon State's College of Oceanography and an oceanographer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle. She became the Anglican Communion's first female primate in 2006. She is the author of The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything; Gathering at God's Table: The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith (both SkyLight Paths); A Wing and a Prayer: A Message of Faith and Hope; and The Gospel in the Global Village: Seeking God's Dream of Shalom.

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