I was blessed to spend this past weekend with the Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile and a number of vestries from the southeast. We gathered at Kanuga in North Carolina and were invited to share with these vestries our thoughts about being a missional church. Specifically, the theme was the role each vestry plays in leading its faith community in engaging God’s Mission.
Plans are already unfolding regarding how we might provide a similar conversation here in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. It continues to be inspiring to witness how committed our brothers and sisters are both to ongoing projects and to planning for engaging God’s mission in their own context and culture.
To this end, I would like to raise up the good work that is happening with Mission Project 2011. This collaborative annual mission emphasis is designed to provide our faith communities an opportunity to engage God’s mission.
I am extremely pleased that our inaugural effort is NetsforLife®. Partnering with Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation and Episcopal Relief and Development, our hope is that every Episcopalian in Minnesota will purchase at least one anti-malaria net for the people of sub-Saharan Africa.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, but every year approximately 1 million people, mostly children, die from the infection.
Minnesota Episcopalians can play a part in bringing an end to the tyranny of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Each faith community is being asked to participate in Mission Project 2011: NetsforLife® in a style that is most appropriate for the individual congregation.
To help each community discern their involvement, one-day leadership trainings are planned for Saturday, January 29 and Saturday, February 5. These gatherings will provide ideas and opportunity for creative exchange for congregations wanting to participate in the project. More information about these trainings and registration is available on the events page.
It truly is a blessing to serve with folks so committed to engaging God’s mission outside their doors and around the world.