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Episcopal Identity
        &
Episcopal Social
    Ministries
Core and Secondary
Episcopal Identity Themes
 Christ as Central    Reason
 Sacramental          Inclusion
 The Book of          Tradition
  Common Prayer        Common Liturgy
 Incarnational        Ceremonial
                       Experience
 Scriptural
                       Source of Societal
 Pastoral
                        change
   From                Responsive to
   Around the           Societal Change
   Table
How do we differ from
parishes etc.?
 Staff
 Clients
 Contracts with
  government
How do other Institutional
Groups handle Identity?
Lutheran Social Services
 Just as a craftsman identifies a work by
 a hallmark embedded in the product, so
 the work of Lutheran social ministry has
 Lutheran identity deeply embedded in
 the effort, initiatives and care done in
 the name of the many organizations
 across Lutheran Services in America.
 In searching to uncover and raise up these
    unique identity markers, they have come to
    be called Lutheran hallmarks.
   These hallmarks are vital for what it means to
    be both Lutheran and Christian in social
    ministry.
   These Lutheran hallmarks are both intrinsic to
    the work of social ministry organizations and
    are explicitly demonstrated in the life of the
    organization.
   They are often not only visible in surprising
    ways, but are also highly supportive to the
    workers, the leaders and to those receiving
    care,
   as well as evident to a public who watches
    from afar.
 I. Creation
 DIGNITY AND WORTH
 Lutheran social ministry organizations
  demonstrate fundamental belief in the
  goodness of creation and dignity of all
  people.
 II. Grace
 RESPONDING TO GOD’S LOVE
 Lutheran social ministry organizations act
  with courage, humility and hope
  recognizing that salvation is God’s gift of
  grace received through faith.
 III. Cross and resurrection
 HOPE IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING
 Lutheran social ministry
  organizations, as institutions of the
  Church, are marked by the cross and
  resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 IV. Vocation
 VALUING CALLING AND WORK
 Lutheran social ministry
  organizations demonstrate a
  commitment to supporting the
  vocation of all people and an
  understanding of the vocation of the
  organization.
 V. Faith practices
 MARKS OF MINISTRY IN OUR MIDST
 Lutheran social ministry
  organizations evidence traditional
  marks of the church in their
  institutional life.
 All Christian communities, even the most ecumenical and
    diverse of Episcopal schools, are upheld by the basic principles
    of the Baptismal Covenant.
   As expressed in The Book of Common Prayer, this Covenant
    maintains that individuals and institutions are called by God to
    adopt certain fundamental disciplines and dispositions in order
    to embrace fully their basic identities.
   As embodiments of the Christian faith:
   Episcopal schools are created to be communities that honor,
    celebrate and worship God as the center of life.
   They are created to be models of God’s love and grace.
   They are created to serve God in Christ in all persons,
    regardless of origin, background, ability, or religion.
    They are created to “strive for justice and peace among all
    people and [to] respect the dignity of every human being.”
   These principles are the basis on which identity and vocation
    are to be defined in Episcopal schools
Are There Episcopal
   “Hallmarks”?
Is there an Episcopal/Anglican Social Teaching
that can inform our identity as social ministries?

                 The first thing to say is that it
                  mirrors the diffuse nature of
                  Anglican polity
                 There is no neat lineage of
                  encyclicals or bodies of
                  magisterial thought
                 But yes, it can be found
                 Yes Virginia, there is an
                  Anglican Social Teaching
 We have to look at general theology
  about the nature of Church
 Pastoral Letters of the Presiding
  Bishops
 Social policy statements, resolutions,
  motions of General Convention and
  Executive Council
Anglican Social Teaching
 Rooted in the Bible

 Continually developed in Anglican
  Social Teaching
 Reinforced by our “Classic” Anglican
  method

      -- Observe, judge, act
Tradition               Reason
            Scripture
The Baptismal Covenant
 Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and
    fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers
    Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you
    fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
   Will you proclaim by word and example the Good
     News of God in Christ?
   Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your
    neighbor as yourself?
   Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,
    and respect the dignity of every human being?
The Five Marks of the Mission
of the Church
 proclaim the good news of
    the kingdom of God
   teach, baptize and nurture
    new believers
   respond to need with
    loving service
   seek to transform the
    unjust structures of
    society
   struggle to safeguard the    The Anglican
    integrity of Creation,       Consultative Council,
    sustain and renew life on    1984, 1990
    earth.
                                 2009 General Convention
Constitutive Elements of Church

 Word       Scriptures, tradition, preaching
  teaching, etc.
                  kerygma
 Witness As a community
                  koinonia
 Worship Sacraments, prayer, etc.
                  leitourgia
 World Social mission, action for social
  justice
                  diakonia
 PURPOSE
 To be the organizational
 expression of the diaconal
 ministry of the Church: to
 interpret to the Church the needs,
 concerns, and hopes of the world,
 and to show Christ's people that
 in serving the helpless they are
 serving Christ himself.
 . "I have no desire to
  make windows into
  men's souls,"
 Major Themes from
 Anglican Social Teaching

 Human dignity
 Community
 Rights and duties
 Option for the poor
 Participation
 Dignity of work and the rights of workers
 Stewardship of Creation
 Role of Government
 Promotion of Peace
One Response to all This


      ECS Long Island
 As the social service agency of the Episcopal
  Diocese of Long Island, Episcopal
  Community Services Long Island (ECS) has a
  service philosophy that flows from the
  demands of our Anglican tradition enshrined
  in the call to:
 Strive for justice and peace among all people
 Respect the dignity of every human being
 Respond to human need by loving service,
  and
 Seek to transform the unjust structures of
  society.
 Interwoven into our provision of services
  and our life as an agency, are three
  basic practices that represent these
  values:
 Practice of compassion and justice
 Commitment to excellence in service
  delivery and organizational
  management
 Commitment to stewardship of
  resources
Stewardship
 Stewardship is the realization that the
  resources we have as an agency are not
  “ours,” but entrusted to us for the benefit of
  the individuals and communities we seek to
  serve.
 Stewardship involves sharing the material
  resources we hold and giving them in service,
  justice, and compassion
 Because of our belief in the value of
  every human person, our stewardship
  must go beyond financial resources and
  also include:
 Recognizing the gifts and talents that
  we bring as members of this agency
  and place in the service of our
  communities; and
 Wisely using our human resources,
  time, abilities, and relationships
 This aspect of our stewardship of gifts
 calls us to guard against staff burnout,
 to ensure greater skill in time
 management, and at times, to offer
 service beyond the bounds of our job
 descriptions.
 ECS commits itself to creating support
 systems and opportunities that will
 enable our staff and volunteers to
 flourish and grow in their service within
 our agency and in their own lives as
 people of value and worth.
Questions Moving Ahead
Which Episcopal hallmarks seem to be most
   evident in your current setting?
How does your Episcopal identity get expressed
   in practice, internally and externally?
What should ECSA be thinking about in terms
   of helpful resources for sustaining and
   strengthening Episcopal identity?
How can you incorporate this conversation into
   your organization?
How would you like to be involved in this
   ongoing conversation?

				
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