LIFE IN THE DIOCESE OF CHRIST OUR HOPE: A TWELVE PART SERIES
BY BISHOP STEVE BREEDLOVE
JANUARY 26TH, 2017
In the Diocese of Christ our Hope, we are called to follow and serve Jesus Christ, maintaining the faith we have been given, living lives that honor God in the ways he commands, and pursuing the mission Jesus himself has established.
In other words, our basic commitments of faith, lifestyle, and mission are not “up for grabs.” They are not something we figure out. They are “givens.”
In addition, we share these things in common with all other Dioceses in the Anglican Church in North America and with faithful Christians of every tradition throughout the world.
On the other hand, our values and emphases, our shared culture, are somewhat distinct. This “life together” is something that has been passed on by those who have led and nurtured us in the faith. It is something that we believe the Holy Spirit has strengthened and deepened as we have walked together over years of co-laboring in ministry. It is the product of being friends who are frequently surprised by the blessing of yet other “fellow pilgrims” that God brings to share life together in our Diocese. We gratefully receive this “life together” as God’s gracious blessing, and we seek to be stewards of these gifts.
We have sought to discern the elements of our shared life, that we might nurture and strengthen them. In this process, we tried to whittle them down to a more manageable number, but we found ourselves holding onto twelve distinct shared commitments (or values) as crucial to our Diocese.
During 2017, in our monthly newsletter AnchorLines, we will develop each of these twelve values, one value each month. We’ll have a short description of each value as it comes up in the discussion, and then we’ll expand it through stories, examples, and / or teaching.
It is our prayer that these values will lodge deeply into our minds and souls, so that we might be strengthened as stewards of the grace of God that he has freely given us. “For the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof . . .” Thanks be to God!