From April 11-13, 2018 the VTS Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS) hosted the 2018 Global Episcopal Mission Network Conference in Alexandria, VA. The theme, “Mission Connects Us: God, World, Church,” focused on building mission relationships, engaging in healthy mission, mission best-practices, and spiritual formation for mission. Two of three keynotes were given by the Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil, director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and the Rev. Canon John Kafwanka, director of Mission for the Anglican Communion.
Dr. Heaney’s keynote, entitled “Mission Connects Us – I: Without a Theology of Mission We Perish,” encourages an understanding of mission beginning with God with God as the agent of mission. Dr. Heaney asks participants to imagine how such a vision could enrich and correct the way communities and agencies seek to participate in God’s mission. The keynote from Canon Kafwanka, “Mission Connects Us – II: Without Partnership in Mission We Perish,” examined the term “partnership” and called on us to reinvigorate it with the principles and practice of mutual interdependence and accountability. The Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies exists to “promote and practice better community for the Communion” through consultations, research, and publications for the sake of inter-cultural and inter-religious reconciliation. The Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) is dedicated to equipping the Episcopal Church for global mission through hosting engaging conferences, providing quality education, and networking for mission enthusiasts within the wider church. Consider becoming an individual, organizational, church, seminary or diocesan member to support the work of mobilizing the Episcopal Church for global mission.