CNY’s Way of Love: Following Jesus Together
This is a draft vision statement, mission statement, and rule of life for the Diocese of Central New York.
The diocesan community needs your feedback:
Prayer for CNY’s Way of Love
God of vision and grace, you meet us where we are and invite us into new life:
give us ears to hear and courageous hearts to respond to your call,
that in our shared diocesan ministry we may walk your way of love,
bringing healing and hope to the world.
We ask this through your son, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
A world healed by love
Learning how to love God, one another, and all creation
Rule of Life: Pray
We are in constant conversation with God
Rule of Life: Listen
We listen and learn, with special attention to the voices of silenced and marginalized people
Rule of Life: Collaborate
We partner within and beyond our congregations
Rule of Life: Speak
We tell the truth with courage and integrity
Rule of Life: Share
We boldly share the stories of our lives of faith
What is a rule of life?
A rule of life is a commitment to live your life in a way that helps you draw closer to God. It might include particular actions, habits and patterns, attitudes, and values. It can help you make decisions, small and big, and remind you of your priorities. A rule of life is discerned and shaped through prayer and careful listening to God.
A rule of life can also help a community make decisions, order the life of the community, and help members care for one another. In fact, rules of life come to us from the monastic tradition, where each member of the monastic community vows to live by the community’s rule.
As a valued member of our diocesan community, you are invited to discern how the rule of life contained in the draft of CNY’s Way of Love might help you, your small group, or your congregation draw closer to God and grow in love for all creation.
Where did this draft vision statement, mission statement, and rule of life come from?
These articles tell some of the story of the “visioning process:”
- February 14, 2019: Introducing the diocesan visioning process: a message from Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe
- February 18, 2019: Visioning retreat asks: What difference is God calling our diocese to make in the world?
- June 20, 2019: In Juneteenth meeting, Visioning Team continues to discern call to ministry of healing