The Rector of Stranorlar, Meenglass and Kilteevogue, Rev Adam Pullen, has launched a new booklet on mission – produced by the Council for Mission– at the General Synod in Armagh. ‘Radiant Faith – Living out the Five Marks of Mission’, contains stories from all twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland, including an Eco–Congregation in Cork, Cloyne and Ross; Tuam, Killala and Achonry’s fresh water project in Kenya; The Bible Comes Alive in Clogher; and healing rooms in Redcross (Dublin and Glendalough).
Rev Pullenhighlighted the Council for Mission’s goal of stimulating and encouraging mission in the Church of Ireland as he proposed the Council’s report to Synod. Rev Pullen recalled the council’s time of reflection and re–envisioning, enabled by Earl Storey last September, which he said had challenged members and drawn them back to their core commission: to stimulate within the Church of Ireland a sense of the priority and urgency of mission, to advocate the equality and complementary nature of mission at home and throughout the world. They also looked to the future to see what resources were available and to seek an integrated and holistic model of mission. To do this they looked to the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion and in particular the first two marks: Tell and Teach.
“I have only mentioned some of the stories, and they demonstrate, each one, many of the Marks of Mission,” Rev Pullen said. “Can I encourage you to read this book, to share this, to be encouraged, and to engage in mission? We as a Council would love to hear and know of many more stores of mission and discipleship.”
The report was seconded by Julie Currie (Down). She encouraged everyone to look at the Radiant Faith booklet, and to show the faith, own and share it. She said the book gave examples of how we can share our faith no matter where we are. She said our mission is to proclaim the Gospel and this should be radiant. She said that the booklet will stimulate ideas and initiatives, and she urged others to share their stories.
The Revd Dr Laurence Graham, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, echoed the Council for Mission’s call to people to familiarise themselves with the Five Marks of Mission and commended the booklet. He said mission worked through an encounter with the Grace of Christ.
Speaking to the report, the Revd Cliff Jeffers (Cork, Cloyne and Ross) also commended the Radiant Faith booklet and said it would be launched at each of the diocesan synods. He highlighted the Council for Mission Facebook page where people could read new stories and share their stories.