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God’s Mission has a Church: A Conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

God’s Mission has a Church: A Conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson HartgroveSaturday, October 1, 2016  from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vt.

Q.   What is the mission of the Church?
A.   The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God
and each other in Christ.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 855)

9:00 Arrival and morning refreshments
9:30 Opening worship from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
9:45-11:45 Presentations and Discussion
11:45-12:45 Lunch and continuing discussions
12:45 Concluding presentation
1:15 Closing worship
2:00 Adjournment

Many Christian leaders have observed, “The Church does not have a Mission. God’s Mission has a Church.” As we continue to explore local mission approaches in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, we are intentionally expanding our exploration and engaging in a conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove who has deep, wide and diverse experience in local mission.

Jonathan is a popular speaker, excellent preacher and a tireless social-justice activist. With Shane Claiborne he founded the New Monastic movement, which emphasizes an intentional life of prayer, seeking consensus and engagement with the world. He and his family founded Rutba House, a Christian Community that welcomes visitors, guests, and strangers.  In addition, Jonathan serves as an associate pastor at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina and is the author of more than a dozen books, including his most recent, The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement in collaboration with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber.

Join us for a time of listening, sharing, questioning and looking with hope to the many possibilities for being God’s church in our local communities. Registration (which includes lunch) is $15 per person. Scholarships are available.

Jonathan will also be preaching at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, October 2 at the 9 am and 11 AM services and discussing his book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture at the Adult Forum at 10:15 AM.

For more information and to register for this workshop, contact St. Paul’s Cathedral at 802-864-0471 or

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