Or: “What the real Christians were talking about while the rest of us were quarreling about sex and jockeying for political advantage”
ENS–As it concluded its eight-day conference on March 14, the Towards Effective Anglican Mission (TEAM) conference issued 10 recommendations meant to help to guide dioceses and parishes as they strive to live out their mission in the world.
”Our intention was not that this be yet another gathering that recounts the many challenges facing our world,” Cape Town Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, told the final plenary session. ”Rather, the intention was that in accordance with our mission as the body of Christ, we develop actionable plans and strategies that can be utilized to instill new hope and vision in our communities and in the world at large.”
Read it all, especially this quote from the archbishop:
”As we seek to build this heavenly kingdom, we must remember that the Word did not come as a philosophical concept or as a political program, nor was the Word made text. ‘Rather, ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.’ Therefore, as the body of Christ, we do not have the option of choosing between spiritual or physical undertakings, but we must recognize that in God’s call to mission, the two are inexorably linked. Mission is holistic and therefore our actions in mission should take into account the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of God’s people.”