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Gathering at God’s Table

The Meaning of Mission in the Feast of Faith

Katharine Jefferts Schori

6 x 9, 256 pp, Hardcover


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A profound reminder of our role in GodÂ’s vision for a restored and reconciled world.

“The work before us—this mission of GodÂ’s—is immense, cosmic, even. The world is hungry, thirsty, homeless, sick, lonely, imprisoned and enslaved—because some parts are. The creation is groaning in travail because of our abuse of the garden in which we have been set. The body is ailing. Participating in GodÂ’s mission is about seeing and responding to that collective suffering, and beginning to understand our interconnection with the other parts of the body.”

—from the Introduction

In the Christian tradition, believers are called to do more than sit around and pray. Throughout the Gospel—and throughout history—people of faith have been quite literally booted out into the world to bring God’s love to everybody, not just a select few. That’s the meaning of mission—from the Latin verb mitto, meaning, “to send.” It is the work that Jesus and his disciples set out to do—feeding, healing and teaching.

In an insightful and powerful voice, Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, explores the meaning of mission in the context of contemporary life, reminding us of the Anglican CommunionÂ’s Five Marks of Mission:

• Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

• Teach, Baptize and Nurture New Believers

• Respond to Human Need with Loving Service

• Seek to Transform Unjust Structures of Society

• Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation, and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth

“Teems with the particulars of human care, human contact and human compassion.... Readers will be able to ‘take heartÂ’ and ‘lift up our heartsÂ’ at KatharineÂ’s compelling testimony.”

Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

“[Schori’s] passion for justice and seeing healing in this world comes through clearly on every page.... This is a much fuller and richer understanding of ‘mission.’”... Helps all people of faith understand how they can participate in ‘mission’ work in their own way.”

Englewood Review of Books

“A gift to our worldwide Communion, indeed to the whole church. These gems sparkle with insight and challengeÂ…. A classic for renewal in the churchÂ’s commitment as servant to GodÂ’s mission.”

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate, the Anglican Church of Canada

“Informed, reasoned and prophetic.”


“A love story between the churched soul and the all-consuming work of God on earth. This compilation of stories and commentary, confession and hymning joy, will move even the most recalcitrant of us to greater humility and more gratitude.”

Phyllis Tickle, author, Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, Why It Matters

“A strong pick for creating a more spirited mission for oneÂ’s life and future.”

Wisconsin Book Review

“Invites us to gain strength from the stories of courageous mission leaders, listen for GodÂ’s call into new and sometimes risky places and to become transformative leaders for the church today.”

The Rev. Margaret R. Rose, Ecumenical and Interreligious Deputy, The Episcopal Church

“An invitation to embody GodÂ’s realm in the world.... Thoughtful, at times provocative and prophetic at others ... explores the biblical call to serving and loving oneÂ’s neighbor with thoroughness.”

Ponderings on a Faith Journey blog

“Wide-ranging, biblical and creative Â… weaves a tapestry of spirituality for the Five Marks of Mission that inspires a discipleship of solidarity and illuminates what the churchÂ’s faithfulness in GodÂ’s mission means in the twenty-first century.”

The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler, principal, Edwardes College, Peshawar; author,
Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference

“Lively.... Does not so much define mission as provide glimpses of what it does—and does not—look like. Challenges us to broaden our definition of ‘neighbor.Â’... An accessible book with unique views of the world and our place in it as followers of Christ.”

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