A bi-monthly update from World Mission, a ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
The Mission Matters column addresses the impact of Presbyterian mission in the world and the issues that affect mission co-workers, the people we walk alongside and assist in service to God, and our partners around the globe.
Mission Crossroads: Christ’s Love Moves the World
The Brief Statement of Faith reminds us that “in a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage … to work with others for justice, freedom and peace.”
As the world emerges from pandemic protocols and practices, there is still an understandable element of fear. Because of that, we are sharpening our senses, as there is much to be done to reconnect and explore new ways of being in community with one another. Certainly, the pandemic has taken its toll in so many ways. As the world locked down, individuals and communities were forced to embrace some of the world’s hard and harsh realities. Too many of our loved ones were lost, too many are continuing to suffer the long-term effects and still others are in deep grief.
Indeed, as we reach those moments when countries’ borders are opening and welcoming the sojourner once again, we celebrate. To be embraced after such a long period of isolation is an amazing healing balm. And, at the same time, how are we reworking and redefining the spaces and places for meetings and reunions of all kinds? We can’t pretend that the world is the same and that the ways in which we now carry out mission and ministry haven’t changed. On the contrary, we now have a keen awareness that God calls us to work even harder at nurturing global and ecumenical relationships with siblings and communities around the world. As we look to express the legacy of our missional commitment and, at the same time, grow into mature relationships with communities of faithful servants, we are also called to provide opportunities for an enabling environment that invites prayer, celebration, discussions, exchanges of views and ideas, and glimpses into one another’s worshiping communities.
Wouldn’t it be great to reimagine and reshape the ways in which we engage so that our tables are so much bigger, our meeting invitations are expansive in their inclusion, our resources are accessible in multiple languages, our supplies are ample and robust, our companionship is all-enabling, and leadership is bestowed upon and entrusted to all. May we be truly inspired as God calls us and challenges us to fully realize such abundance.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Rev. Mienda Uriarte, Acting Director
Presbyterian Mission Agency
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)