2016 Gathering Program
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Christine Warner: Introduction
Christine Warner: Gathering
We set the stage for our time together as ones who have been compelled by the fragrance of Christ among “the least of these” only to discover more deeply that we ourselves are, at our core, also the broken, the weak, the powerless. We gather as those who have known life in the trenches of ministries of justice and mercy and find ourselves both shattered and healed in that place. It is good to be together.
Bill Haley: Anglican
Our Anglican heritage is rich with many who have pushed back the darkness and ushered in the kingdom of Christ through lives and ministries of justice and mercy. We are the messy bride of Christ, but we have so much to celebrate in our own history, and stand in a strong stream contending for more Isaiah 58.
David Roseberry: Compline
Canon Roseberry shares the desire of ACNA for God’s heart for the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced to be a part of the DNA of our growing denomination, that issues of justice and mercy be valued at the core of our churches, our leaders, our parishioners as we embody and authenticate the gospel in our world.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
David Hanke: Justice & Mercy
A biblical theology of justice offers us robust grounding from which to respond to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to join Him in the work of restoring all of creation with particular emphasis on the weakest, the most invisible, and the most oppressed of our world. Christ came and is coming, literally and figuratively, to “bring good news to the poor. to bind of the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1).
Corporate & Individual Response: Lament
We cannot give our lives to this kind of work without needing regularly to enter into biblical lament. God calls us to himself, to unburden our hearts, to cry out, to yell, to weep, to name and give full expression to what troubles and disturbs us. We do not have to lament alone. We are invited to lament in community and experience the healing that comes when truth is named and spoken. We wrestle with God together and, in that struggle, know His presence and intimacy. We are like small children who fight and rail against a strong loving parent, because we know our pain can and will be held. It was a great honor to lament in such company as this gathering offered, with others who “get” it.
Sami DiPasquale: Shalom
We don’t remain in lament indefinitely, because hope is real. Shalom is our origin and our destiny, and we get to see and taste and know it here and now as the kingdom of Christ breaks into this dark and silent planet. We get to participate in that break-in through ordinary and extraordinary means.