Faith in Action
“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?“ “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:25f)
Christians are called to ‘”Do” – to love others in our actions – especially people who are most vulnerable or marginalised. In the explanatory parable of the Good Samaritan, the person who’s been stripped, beaten and left to die is physically helped with time, care, money, and tenacity. We are called to “Go and do likewise”! This in contrast to those who “pass by on the other side” (perhaps because of lack of awareness or compassion, busyness, or even cultural or religious norms).
The Anglican Five Marks of Mission:
“The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth”
Pages in this Church & Society section relate especially to ‘Marks’ 3-5, although of course the five are all inter-related. As such there are pages here on a wide variety of areas including food banks, homelessness, mental health, refugee sponsorship. interfaith, and climate change.
The Church and Society Officer, and wonderful volunteers, work with individual churches to offer information, resources and advice – including materials for worship and reflection, and support for developing community projects. We also work on new diocesan initiatives, such as development of older people’s Anna Chaplaincy, or carbon net zero ambitions. Please do get in touch.about any societal concerns – including the countless areas not listed here! – for advice, to share what you’re doing, or even to volunteer!