About Preaching for God's World

A ecumenical society passionate about the environment

What is Preaching for God’s World?

Preaching for God’s World is a resource for preachers, which offers thoughts and reflections on each Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings viewed through the lens of the Anglican Five Marks of Mission – in particular on caring for people and planet.

The Five Marks of Mission express the Anglican understanding of what it means to live faithfully and holistically in the world. They reflect Jesus’ mission to bring good news to the poor, release for the oppressed and fullness of life to all (Luke 4:18; John 10:10) and humanity’s role to “tend and keep” the earth (Genesis 2:15).

Anglicans therefore not only take caring for people and planet seriously but also see these as principal ways we share in God’s ongoing story of love in the world.

Five Marks of Mission

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

To teach, baptise and nurture new believers

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

To respond to human need by loving service

Preaching for God’s World helps preachers explore the set lectionary readings for each week with this perspective.

Why we started

For some years we were part of the German-based website: ‘Sustainable Preaching’.

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity and experience we were able to gain during that time. However, we felt the need to anchor this project in our world-wide Anglican context and thus enable more people, not only to identify and contribute to the project, but also to more easily share what is happening all around the world. Sharing enables us to pray in an informed way.

Our hope and prayer is that this resource will encourage, support and awaken a deep sense of our God-given role as ‘carers for God’s world.’ Although the website follows the Lectionary and provides sermon suggestions – it is also a resource for anyone interested in how the Bible speaks holistically to us as caring disciples. When speaking of ‘Creation’ we must remember that we are not just talking about the natural world but also, of course, about our brothers and sisters everywhere. ALL that God created!

The 5 marks of mission, taken together, underpin all we are called to do as Christ’s disciples.

The Team

The Preaching for God’s World team is made up of extraordinary individuals who have a passion to see God’s kingdom thrive in its entirety. To eradicate the oppression of people who are affected by climate change and to build a culture of sustaining the environment. 

The team comes from all over the Anglican communion and a ministering in various vocations within their contexts. 

Rebecca Boardman

Regional Manager

USPG

Revd. Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton

Environment Officer

Diocese in Europe

Rev Dr Rachel Mash

Secretary

USPG

Dr Elizabeth Perry

Advocacy and Communication Manager

Anglican Alliance

Revd. Dr. Dave Bookless

Director of Theology

A Rocha International

Organizations

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Anglican Communion Environmental Network

A Network for those who care for God’s creation. Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide have long been concerned with environmental issues. From extreme weather to food shortages all of us are affected. Guided by the fifth Mark of Mission members of the Anglican Communion Environment Network strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.

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United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG)

USPG is the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice.

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Anglican Alliance

The Anglican Alliance connects, equips and inspires the worldwide Anglican family to work for a world free of poverty and injustice and to safeguard creation.

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A Rocha International

A Rocha is a global family of Christian organisations running practical community-based conservation projects, and resourcing the church to care for creation.

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Diocese in Europe

The Diocese in Europe is the 42nd Diocese of the Church of England and has congregations in over 40 countries plus Turkey, Morocco and Russia.

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European Christian Environmental Network

The 2nd European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz, Austria, in 1997 further strengthened these efforts. The Assembly recommended that a network of persons with environmental responsibilities within the churches should be set up at a European level. ECEN is a response to this call. The network has been established in October 1998 in the Orthodox Academy in Vilemov in the Czech Republic.