Global Mission Commission

2012 Global Mission Report

A commission of the Diocesan Council, The Global Mission Commission coordinates and oversees efforts at diocesan and local levels to support missionary aspects of congregational life - evangelism, dimensions of stewardship and communication, hospitality and pilgrimage with international companions, support for persons with disabilities - that are distinguished from Christian formation; and to connect congregations with global mission opportunities and relationships.

 

History

The Episcopal Church in New York owes a great deal to the Anglican Communion's oldest missionary Society, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG now USPG). King Charles I provided that "the Bishop of London for the time being have the care and pastoral charge of sending over Ministers into our British Foreign Plantations and having jurisdiction over them." By 1686 the Bishop of London had gained jurisdiction over New York. The SPG was helpful to New York in sending many clergy and a good deal of financial support. Thus the relationship between London and New York City began in the 17th century.

Theology

According to our Book of Common Prayer, "The Church's mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ." (p. 855) CLM pursues this call primarily through relationship: people together in ministry across boundaries of difference, embracing God's mission in redemptive, transformative action and worship. "Christian mission - the activity of sending and being sent in Christ - is grounded in the missionary nature of the triune God as revealed in scripture. In creation, God reached out to create communities of life. With ancient Israel and throughout history, God has moved to restore people to unity with God, with one another, and with all creation. In Christ, God is still on mission in the world through the Holy Spirit. The church's call is to join God in that mission." (Companions in Transformation: the Episcopal Church's World Mission in a New Century, p.5).

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