Justice & MercyContending for Shalom
In February 2019,
For the 2019 Matthew 25 Gathering, we continued to build a learning community, cultivate networking and generative relationships, and also offered a space for refreshment, healing, and celebration. We desired to deepen as contemplative activists in North America. To help continue our conversations and reflection, we were joined by guest speakers as well as our own Anglican voices, making the most of our meeting in the Washington, D.C. area.
In February of 2016,
Participants from the Anglican Church in North America gathered to consider our unique contributions to the kingdom of God in our North American context. We dreamed together, prayed together, learned together, and discerned together how the Lord might be leading our denomination to contend for shalom amidst the brokenness’ of our communities.
In September of 2017,
The second Matthew 25 Gathering, open to all Anglicans and hosted in the desert by the Franciscan Renewal Center, brought practitioners, experts, and aspirants together to make connections, build friendships, swap expertise, tell stories, be refreshed and grow on topics of concern for those on the ground in challenging and difficult but beautiful contexts, loving the “least of these” in North America.
Archbishop Foley Beach and the Canon for Mission, David Roseberry, have launched an effort to support and encourage ministry among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced. The Matthew 25 Initiative was a next step from the grass-roots towards strengthening our Anglican ministries among those so close to the heart of Jesus and who reveal the kingdom of God.