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  Nags for Creation -

Friends

Recently the Presiding Bishop spoke to the North American Association for the Diaconate. She tasked deacons to be the "nags of the church". In one part of her presentation, she went further to task deacons to be nagging the rest of the world about caring for creation. Here is an excerpt:

The Presiding Bishop offered the deacons a five-point model of mission ...

It includes: (1) To proclaim the good news of the kingdom; (2) To teach, baptize and nurture new believers; (3) To respond to human need by loving service; (4) To seek to transform unjust structures of society; and (5) To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth." (Chuck's emphasis)

Calling them "the elements of God's mission in which we participate," Jefferts Schori offered examples of each. Some deacons are working on environmental issues, she said "nudging and prodding and nagging the rest of the world to wake up to the suffering implicit in our lack of care for creation, but there is abundant opportunity for more ministry there."

The complete article from Episcopal Life Online is available online at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_87313_ENG_HTM.htm