The Mission and Public Affairs team aims to address global issues and local lives. The intention is that we, as a diocese, follow Jesus through our words and actions and work towards a more equitable distribution of wealth, power and resources at local and global level.
In our local work we must “welcome the stranger” and undertake tangible activities to bring an end to poverty and to transforming attitudes to and the lives of people in poverty.
Those working with us in our diocese see the Church as a potentially powerful force to make reality the abolition of inequality. By sharing and forgiveness we can create peace and equality.
Our Mission and Public Affairs Team is not just made up paid officers but includes volunteers and partners who advise, support and share our work through talking and acting together. Whether that means to feed one local person in need or feed the world and provide water for everyone, we hope to bring about change through our Action Groups and through our parishes.
The 'mission' of the church can be quite a confusing and contested issue so it might be helpful to think in terms of three key aspects of our life as Christians:
Mission is the interplay between all three aspects of 'being Christian' – there is no blueprint for 'good mission' but we do have some handy hints to help us shape what mission means to us.
The following five Marks of Mission were adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996:
We can help your parish develop mission plans and take action. We can also help you to address some fundamental questions and decisions. In the first instance please contact Peter Reiss to discuss where you are up to and who may be able to help you most effectively.