Presentation on theme: " I. As a belief II. As a method God is ahead of the missionary and has an active presence in Aston. In people In cultures In religions As missionaries."— Presentation transcript:
God is ahead of the missionary and has an active presence in Aston. In people In cultures In religions As missionaries we cooperate in the work of God.
Jesus, heart of God, embraces all kinds of people. We want to be as inclusive as He.
In community › Eucharist - sharing › Evening prayer › Theological reflection Individually › Personal prayer › Readings
What it is not › Clear role/function › Authority › Passive/waiting › Initiating What it is › Neighbour › Outreach › Active/welcoming › Supportive
In unfamiliar situations In order to understand To take away prejudices It involves living in the neighbourhood
First stage Second stage Befriending Bridging
As individual As community Finding one’s own place Using individual talents In personal commitment Witness together In shared responsibility Supporting each other In spite of our obvious differences
Settled in Across contacts Well-coming Church Carl’s farewell Aston Churches Together Refugees and migrants Alzheimer Society We make a difference
Frustration: what am I doing here? Unfocused Not alert Impatience Take your time and remain critical of yourself
Street pastors Drop-in centre Interfaith dialogue First neighbourhood association Keep on learning and try something else
In God’s mission, not ours. In bringing people together. In justice for everyone to Peace
What is your experience of a multicultural and multireligious society? Do you believe in God’s active presence in cultures and religions? What elements of a ministry of presence do you think useful in your own situation? How do you want to be a missionary in the Europe of today?