Sep 16, 2022 |
Rector's Blog, Growing in Mission| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Rector's Blog, Growing in Mission
...mission is messy because it doesn’t get to be abstract – it is something that has to live in the real world and it has to draw us outside of ourselves and push us not only to think about our faith but live it – to live as if Jesus is real, as if his life and words apply directly to ours.
And, honestly, it’s been hard to try to understand our mission and to live into it during the first couple years of this pandemic. For a large chunk of time, we were told to refrain from all the typical ways we seek to impact peoples’ lives. Our sense of mission as a church has been experiencing an existential dilemma.
As we get back on our feet and begin to rebuild our life together, now is a good time for us to place questions about our mission right at the forefront of our minds...
Mission is not about making us better people, and it should never be about us trying to make other people the right kind of people. That’s not love, that’s colonization. Mission isn’t about centering ourselves as saviors – we have a savior already and Jesus is doing just fine. Mission is about our sharing love in this world, participating in the transformation that springs from that love.