“We challenge ourselves and the world to love like Jesus as we worship joyfully, serve compassionately, and grow spiritually.”
“Nos desafiamos a nosotros mismos y al mundo para amar como Jesús mientras adoramos con alegría, servimos con compasión, y crecemos espiritualmente.”
Adopted by the clergy and delegates to Annual Council 2015, our purpose statement is the culmination of a year-long, diocesan-wide discussion begun at Annual Council 2014 when Bishop Rob Wright asked clergy and delegates to consider what the purpose of the diocese might be. “Our real intent is to sow some seeds and watch for what emerges,” Wright said at the time. “This is all about discerning God’s purpose for us as the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia, and responding to the promises made at baptism.”
The deans of the 10 convocations studied responses written after a time of worship, prayer and discussion. The Rev. Keith Oglesby, rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumming, combed the documents to identify common themes. The Very Rev. Allen Pruitt, dean of the Chattahoochee Valley Convocation, headed the effort by the deans to write a draft. Bishop Wright invited people to respond to the deans’ work and then go about soliciting additional input from people and parish groups throughout the Episcopal congregations of Middle and North Georgia and even those not identified as Episcopalians.
Completing the work of distilling into just a few words all that the Episcopal Church in Middle and North Georgia is and aspires to be was challenging. “Now our work is to challenge ourselves and the world to be our purpose statement. That work will never be fully completed. But, this work is about faith, worship and justice, and that takes a lifetime to realize,” says Bishop Wright.