The Five Marks of Mission
More and more Christians today, as well as Christian leaders and mystics throughout the last 2000 years, see Earth as one part of God's body. The Psalmist matter-of-factly reminds us that everything belongs to God, simply stating "The Earth is the Lord's” (Psalm 24:1). Put alternatively, none of what we have is ours; all of life is a gift. Author Walter Brueggemann has said that Jubilee justice is "finding out what belongs to whom and giving it back." Of course, to give it back we have to open our fists, release our grip on the gift.
[The Chronicle] Anyone who has recently visited the garden to the left side of the church may well have asked this question, 'why are there beans in the church garden?' The answer is quite simple – because the senior youth group planted them! Over the past year, we have talked occasionally about The 5 Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion, and in particular, about the 5th Mark: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Being a honeybee keeper, this topic is particularly close to my heart.
'I'm going to talk about the kinds of mission we're engaging in and beyond the Church, and where in recent months I've been particularly asked to enter into this work. I'm going to frame this in the context of the Five marks of Mission, both as a witness to how they shape the work that my office is called to attend to.'