What Does it Mean to be Community? by Peggy Bean, Canon for Parishes, Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee
What does it mean to be community? We know as we look at our congregations there is a lot that happens in the parish community both in mission and ministry and there are many individuals apart from one’s parish who are active in a variety of communities.
But what about us as a Diocesan community, what does that look like? The Commission on Mission and Development has pondered that question over the last few years and continues to hold that question up as we do our work.
We believe by building relationships, in offering support (financially, educationally, and prayerfully) and by journeying with others into the wider world we form Diocesan Community. Together we are building stronger congregations, forming disciples and doing the work of the Kingdom.
The Rev. Mike Tess, Vicar of Good Shepherd in Sun Prairie and I are looking into the issues of hospitality in a multicultural world. We started asking questions such as: How are our congregations in truly welcoming those who come from different parts of the globe? What does the word welcome really mean and specifically how do we show it? Is our community really open to all in our neighborhoods? Do we know who are neighbors are and if they were to come into our churches what would they see and feel? Would this be a place they would truly feel welcomed into? read more