This week we had the opportunity to share with a a Pilgrim Learning Community class on the topic of mission. It was an introductory session briefly covering some of the development of missiology, and in particular where we find ourselves in our thinking and action on mission in the last 20 years or so. Pilgrim offer the class as part of their course “Talking Faith: An Introduction to theology in the Uniting Church in Australia”.
Background text is Daniel Migliori’s Faith Seeking Understanding, and I also drew on David Bosch Transforming Mission together with a range of UCA documents for more.
The basic framework we used is to point to three questions of mission:
- Who is God?
- What is God up to in our world (and our neighbourhood?)?
- How can we join in?
Here’s the prezi we used to help navigate around the topic:
Thanks to Pilgrim and the class for their gracious welcome.
I’ve had the very enjoyable opportunity in recent weeks to visit most Queensland Presbyteries of the Uniting Church to meet members of Presbytery, and introduce the Synod of Queensland’s Mission Engagement Project.
It’s early days, but as we explore ways of encouraging the church into a more open and effective mission engagement, there are a few key themes emerging from conversations across the state. Here’s a look at what I’m hearing:
You can find the original of this presentation here.
Things have been pretty quite around Seeds of Hope over the past few years. That’s about to change.
The Uniting Church Synod of Queensland is well into it’s Together on the Way, Enriching Community planning and vision journey. As part of that journey a new project exploring mission engagement frameworks has begun.
Stories, resources, ideas and opportunities connected with church planting, fresh expressions and approaches to mission engagement that emerge from that project will find a home here at Seeds of Hope.
We hope you’ll join us as we reflect, learn and dream together.