Bishop Ward is joined by Dr. Edgardo Colon-Emeric to discuss the document, “Sent in Love,” written by the Committee on Faith and Order, of which Dr. Colon-Emeric is a member. Sent in Love will be sent to the 2020 General Conference for review and adoption as an official teaching tool for The United Methodist Church.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Edgardo Colon-Emeric, a member of our Annual Conference, a professor at Duke Divinity School and a member on the Committee on Faith and Order, has taken a leadership role in the creation of a document, Sent in Love, for The United Methodist Church. Thank you for all that you have done.
Thank you Bishop for giving me this opportunity to say a word about this document. It’s a United Methodist understanding of the church and the “Sent in Love” is meant to be wordplay because we are sent by the God who is love to love and upheld by the love of God. And so that as United Methodists, we believe that at the core of who we are, is that we participate in God’s mission in the world and that to be United Methodist is to be called and to be accompanied and sent and to transform by this God who is love. And we understand this means United Methodists are called to be apostolic because the love of God empowers a missionary movement and community. That we are called to be catholic because the love of God is inclusive of all. That we are called to be holy because the love of God transforms. And that we are called to be one because the love of God creates community. I’m very excited about this document which reflects both our understanding as an ecumenical church and also as being particularly United Methodists.
Use the link to access this document and read it together with those in your church. It’s an excellent tool to help us all grow in holiness.
I hope that you will read it and I hope that it reminds us of the gift we have in being United Methodists.