The Way of Love – Go

GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus

Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” – John 20:21

Send them into the world in witness to your love. – Book of Common Prayer, 306

As Jesus went to the highways and byways, he sends us beyond our circles and comfort, to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God with our lips and with our lives. We go to listen with humility and to join God in healing a hurting world. We go to become Beloved Community, a people reconciled in love with God and one another.

 

For Reflection and Discernment
  • To what new places or communities is the Spirit sending you to witness to the love, justice, and truth of God?
  • How will you build into your life a commitment to cross boundaries, listen carefully, and take part in healing and reconciling what is broken in this world?
  • With whom will you share in the commitment to go forth as a reconciler and healer?

 

Additional resources for practicing Go

Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus – Michael B. Curry
Michael Curry says it clearly: “We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God— like Jesus.”
Age: All

Marked for Mission: Youth in Action  Sharon Pearson & Bronwyn Skov
Offers reflections and prayers to help young people to live their faith at home, church, community, and beyond.
Age: Youth / Young Adult

Radical Sending – Demi Prentiss & Fletcher Lowe
This book asserts the church’s first role is to equip the baptized to go out into the world to be church.
Age: All

People of the Way – Dwight Zscheile
Zscheile fundamentally shifts the Episcopal approach to relationship with our neighbors and culture. A primer for mission that is mutual, humble, and centered on God.
Age: All

Companions on the Episcopal Way – Eric H. F. Law & Stephanie Spellers
A dynamic conversation about faith, dialogue, and the generous give-and-take that makes Episcopal life so rich. Invites readers to expand the faith conversation: with self, with neighbor, with the “enemy,” and ultimately with God.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America – Catherine Meeks, editor
This book combines personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur. Study guide included.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Living Well: Transforming the World – John Roberto, editor
A downloadable chapter focused on people and organizations who are engaged in transforming the world.
Age: All

Baptizing and Teaching: Beyond Passive Evangelism – Marcus Halley
A portion of Marcus Halley’s plenary address at the Evangelism Matters conference in which he discusses the Great Commission and what the difference between a disciple and apostle might be.

Church Meets World – Winnie Varghese
Explore the “what,” “how,” and “why” of Episcopal engagement with contemporary social issues. Attention to issues like racial justice, gender and sexuality, economic disparity, definitions of “family,” the environment, and much more. End of chapter study questions.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

Meeting Jesus on the Margins: Meditations on Matthew 25
These daily reflections for Lent, offered by well-known faith leaders, provide boots-on-the-ground stories of serving and being served by “the least of these.”
Age: Young Adult / Adult

The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
Chapters 31 and 32 focus on the spirituality of mission and service.
Age: All

Episcopal Public Policy Network
Connect with Episcopalians deeply engaged in advocacy, policy and social transformation.

Becoming Beloved Community
A comprehensive vision and growing set of resources for Episcopalians working toward racial healing, reconciliation and justice. Includes the Beloved Community StorySharing, a guide for sharing stories of faith, race and difference.
Age: Young Adult / Adult

 

 

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