Posted by: Titus Presler | December 23, 2018

Blessed Christmas to Global Episcopal Mission Network and all global mission activists!

Dear All,

Christmas celebrates God’s own boundary crossing, God moving to a frontier to do something entirely new – taking flesh in the human story. God created humanity in God’s very image. In the Incarnation God inhabits God’s own image – takes it on, commits to living it out in all precarious vulnerability of what it is to be human.

And so Christmas celebrates a decisive turning point in God’s mission. As the Word of God took flesh in a particular human being in a particular place, time and culture, that event became the model for the gospel being lived out in every place, time and culture across two millennia and in practically every locale on God’s dear earth.

Everyone in the Global Episcopal Mission Network has experienced this in one way or another as we’ve crossed various boundaries and frontiers in our own lives of mission – and found God with communities of both suffering and joy. As a result we rejoice in the fellowship of mission-minded folk in this network.

Thanks especially to the Board of Directors of GEMN for their dedicated work in GEMN over the past year. The network has a gifted and committed group of leaders. The Board is firing on all cylinders, and the work underway shows it.

I share with you this short Christmas poem by Mary Coleridge (1861-1907), entitled Salus Mundi (health or welfare of the world), It embraces both the promise and the peril of the Incarnation:

I saw a stable, low and very bare,
A little child in a manger,
The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care,
To men He was a stranger.
The safety of the world was lying there,
And the world’s danger.

Christmas blessings to you and yours,

In case you’re wondering who the directors of GEMN are, here they are:

Ms. Martha Alexander, Diocese of North Carolina

The Rev. Dr. Jim Boston, Diocese of Oregon

The Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards, Diocese of Atlanta, Vice President

Mr. Jaime Briceño, Bexley Seabury Seminary

The Rev. Brian Gregory, Diocese of Olympia

The Rev. Holly Hartman, Diocese of Massachusetts

Mrs. Karen Hotte, Diocese of Massachusetts, Executive Director

The Rev. David Kendall-Sperry, Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio, Treasurer and past Board member

Mr. William Kunkle, Dominican Development Group, Diocese of Southwest Florida

Ms. Christine Mercer, Diocese of Alabama, Secretary

Ms. Molly O’Brien, Virginia Seminary

The Rev. Canon Suzanne Peterson, Diocese of Iowa

The Rev. Angel Rivera Rodriguez, Diocese of Puerto Rico

The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler, Diocese of Vermont, Bridges to Pakistan, President

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