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Being Matthew 25 in word and deed

Monthly livestream series welcomes hard conversations

by Melody K. Smith | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Being Matthew 25, a new Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) monthly livestream series, begins at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 20.

Being Matthew 25 is an interactive online event that makes space for stories, reflections and conversations about what it means to live out the Matthew 25 vision. The livestream will be available for viewing on the PC(USA) Facebook page or PC(USA) YouTube Channel during the event and after.

More than just talking heads, Being Matthew 25 includes video storytelling, song, poetry, art, guest interviews, case studies, testimonials and Q&A sessions that invite the Church to consider how to be a relevant presence in the world and to more fully live into Matthew 25.

“This broadcast creates a sacred space online to explore our shared future as the Church and people of Christ,” said the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “I believe it is exactly the conversation we need in the middle of this transformational time for the mission agency and as we envision our ministries for the next generation.”

The Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett

Being Matthew 25 is an arena for PMA leadership, staff, colleagues and community partners to converse and consider what it means to be the Church in the 21st century. It speaks to moving beyond institutional processes to crafting mutuality, creating generational change and advancing the kin-dom of God in a new way.

The invitation to become a Matthew 25 church was issued in April 2019 and as of Tuesday included 1,065 congregations, groups and mid councils who have accepted that invitation to help the denomination become a more relevant presence in the world. Matthew 25 provides a common language and lens for doing mission and increasing the spiritual energy of our congregations and entities.

“We need to focus on how to actively engage the world around us by shining a light on systems of racism, oppression and injustices,” said Moffett. “We will look at systems. Systems need to be fixed, not just people.”

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