Ultimately, in this pandemic, we have clearly seen the interdependence of all peoples. If some ever thought it could be otherwise, we now know our connection to God is never independent of our connection with marginalized communities. Our work is here, at the intersection of injustice and incarnation, at the meeting point of human compassion and human need. It is here where we are all transformed, here where we find hope, and here where we meet Christ.
To that end, we hold these actions before us as we journey forward:
- We must re-imagine our ways in Wesleyan communities. Remembering our heritage, we will seek to become interactive participants in the wellness and wholeness of our communities. We work to:
- Grow a collaborative, coordinated effort at the local level that could leverage the assets that the faith community, nonprofits, and local government can bring
- Develop new relationships that are sustainable beyond this current crisis
- Knit and renew existing relationships
- Connect with formal and informal community leaders
- Develop intercultural competency and interdenominational capacity as a movement to more fully being the Body of Christ
- Become congregations for health: body, mind, spirit, and relationships living from our Wesleyan way and in the Way of Jesus.
A prayer from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward:
Ever-living God, we pray for your light and life as the pandemic continues, threatening the human family in every place. We look to you, Jesus Christ, our Great Physician, for wisdom and strength as we lead our churches and communities. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the healing of body, mind, spirit, and relationships to abound across the breadth of our world. We offer this prayer with humility, in the strong hope that we will be faithful as we serve you and one another now and always with loving hearts. Amen.
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