Meet at Grace Church at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4. Bring an open heart and mind, lots of ideas and challenges, and a friend or two, as we see what God might be calling the Episcopal Church to be and to do in this city.
from Canon John Crosswaite and Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent:
Recently, at the initiation of our Bishop, the Canons of our diocese gathered with Jackie Schmitt (Grace, Syracuse) and Jon White (St. Luke’s, Camillus) to begin a conversation about Urban Mission. We began by focusing on Urban Mission in the Syracuse area, hopeful that what we learn together will be able to help other Urban Mission conversations in our diocese.
We had a great conversation: filled with passion about the ways Christians are called to minister to and with our marginalized neighbors, filled with sorrow about the ways that the government, the Church, and society have fallen short in our efforts to build a just society, and filled with excitement about what the Holy Spirit might be doing here, now. There are so many people and organizations doing remarkable work in our communities, and still there remains remarkable need. It is clear that we, as Episcopalian Christians, need to be having these conversations with open ears and hearts. The way forward is uncharted, but it is clear that this is a conversation to keep having, and a circle to keep widening.
You are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 4th at 4:00 at Grace, Syracuse if you would like to join us in conversation as we seek to listen to the Spirit as we form an Urban Mission Team. If you can’t be with us, please hold these conversations in your prayers.
In our conversations, we are committed to: curiosity, compassion, accountability, transparency, and telling deep and hard truths as we follow Jesus in the Way of Love in service with God and our neighbors.