Entering Into Relationship with the Divine

Entering Into Relationship with the Divine

by the Rev. Lewis Powell, Native American Ministries Missioner, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California; Deacon at Emmanuel, Grass Valley

Why we need to enter into a relationship with the Divine, and with each other, is a mystery. But enter into those relationships we do. It is in how we demonstrate those relationships that we find differences. That, too, is a mystery. We are challenged by our Baptismal Covenant to “seek and serve Christ in all persons.” It is in that spirit that deacons try to live and enter into the ministries to which they are called.

In January 2014, a three person delegation from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California participated in the Province VIII Winter Talk in Reno, NV. This gathering of First Nations Episcopalians focused on the mystery of dealing with the lingering effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. In February, another three person delegation, led by Deacon Lewis Powell, participated in The Episcopal Church Winter Talk in Tulalip, WA. They entered into the mystery of learning about establishing relationships through Asset Based Community Development. In March, another three person delegation explored the mystery of living into the Five Marks of Missions, during the New Community Conference at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC.

There were deacons in each of the delegations who are more equipped to enter into the mysteries of relationships with Christ and their neighbors in their worship communities. As the Indigenous Ministries Missioner for the Diocese, I am deeply grateful for the time and energy that these servants of Christ devote to “seeking and serving Christ in all persons.”

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