This is our Vision of Mission :
with the other
It is mission in dialogue, not
mission and dialogue. Mission means to share in the life and struggle
for survival of the excluded, the marginalized groups, cultures,
other faith traditions - also with Mother Earth, with creation.
Mission is learning from others, allowing oneself to be gifted.
is God's mission
the face of increasing powerlessness, communal conflict and violence,
we are urged to remind
ourselves that mission is not our enterprise but God's work.
mission is Trinitarian
means mission through relating. Jesus himself never spoke of conversion
in the sense of change of religion. He spoke of metanoia - a radical
change of mentality. Thus, mission means a serious turning around:
from selfishness to selflessness, from isolation to community, from
withdrawal to union, from dispersal to integration....
Walking closely with people of
other faiths will change our vision and image of God and will lead
us to recognize God's universal, salvific plan and presence in different
religions. It calls us to be adequately knowledgeable about other
faiths and religious traditions, to be truly catholic - i.e. universal-minded,
to be interfaith pilgrims
- Mission spirituality of presence
spirituality of presence as active but not overbearing service;
of kenosis as self-emptying, in a position of powerlessness, non-defense,
yet different from submission; of reconciliation in the sense of
being agents of healing, of building bridges, as especially women
do in areas of conflicts; of a Christian human vision in answer
to a world crying out for a new vision of all that is truly human;
of a cosmic vision which is a committed spirituality, attentive
to the cosmic voice of God within all that exists.
Source: Official Communications No.
199 on the SSpS 12th General Chapter 2002