Mission Areas

Faith communities in the state are connected to one another via Mission Areas. Mission Areas are a grouping of 10-15 faith communities that share geographic proximity.

Why are Mission Areas important? Because we don’t do this work of ministry and mission in isolation. By connecting with those around us, we can learn from each other, share resources, and problem-solve together. We can build relationships and have conversations about what ministry looks like in our neck of the woods.  Click here to learn more about Mission Areas and find out what mission area you’re in and how you can connect.

This year, we’re being called to engage in God’s Mission of the Beloved Community.  So, as you meet and gather as a Mission Area, use the resources below to help frame your time together.

What is Beloved Community?

This year the Episcopal Church in Minnesota will continue with the mission opportunity of  Engaging God’s Mission of the Beloved Community, looking at it through a new lens: responding to the spirit’s invitation.

Beloved Community has been talked about in many ways by many people.  Sometimes we’re tempted to think of the Beloved Community as Utopia – beautiful to imagine, impossible to create.  But God calls us to Beloved Community when God calls us to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth.  To bring justice, to reconcile relationship, to speak truth, to walk humbly, to care for creation. God calls us to this work – to discern the gifts that we have been given, and put those gifts to work in building the Beloved Community, the Kingdom of God on earth.

Small Group Learning

These resources for small group learning will help you in any small group context, but can definitely be used in your elected body to learn and grow together in understanding the Beloved Community and how using this as a frame can increase the effectiveness of the work.

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