2013 Diocesan Theme

DO-JUSTICE-LOGOLittle is known about the Old Testament Prophet Micah.  What we do know about him comes from the book itself.  Micah’s prophetic ministry is usually dated sometime between 750-686 BC.

Yet Micah’s words from God are known among many:  “And what does the Lord require of you?  To do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God” (6.8).

This passage will serve as our diocesan theme in 2013; and it provides the context for our 109th Diocesan Council which will be held in Corpus Christi in February.

Do Justice. This includes seeking out those in need and responding to injustice with truthfulness and righteousness.   It includes a deep sense of fairness for all; and therefore reflects God’s deep concern for everyone.

Love Kindness.  When Jesus was asked which commandment is the greatest, he responded by quoting the summary of the law:  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.  Loving kindness echoes Jesus’ own life, which He lived fully loving God and fully loving his neighbor.

Walk humbly.   Humility, from a Christian perspective, begins by being in right relationship with God.  It includes being thankful and not thinking more highly of ourselves than we should.  It is about conveying our thoughts, words, and deeds with love, sincerity, and with a gentle heart.

All of these things are cradled by the statement, “with your God.”  This year, at Council and throughout the year, we will explore the implications, challenges, and blessings of doing justice with our God; loving kindness with our God; and walking humbly with our God.