Around the world, more than 2 billion people are followers of Jesus Christ. We rejoice in “one Lord, one faith, one baptism,” but we also acknowledge that God gives different gifts and insights to different people. By listening to each other and learning from each other, we can learn more about the Christ we follow. We can “live faith” more fully, by “living faith worldwide.”
In the Diocese of Oxford, we share in God’s mission with partners from a huge range of countries. We have three link dioceses: the Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman in South Africa; the Lutheran Diocese of Växjö in Sweden, and the Diocese of Nandyal in the ecumenical Church of South India. Our journey with friends from these three dioceses involves us in jointly working on diocesan programmes, thinking together about evangelism, and working together to make a difference to people in need.
But we’re not just linked with dioceses. Parishes in our area have their own connections with the worldwide church — some through mission partners, some through the traditional mission agencies, some through links with other churches, and some through work with people who have come from other parts of the world to share in our journey here.
This website — Living Faith Worldwide — is designed to help people find out about all these world church connections. It lists the various connections and gives a way into information about them. It gives some further reflections on why world church connections in general are vital for the life of the local church. And it shows how the ways that others are “living faith” worldwide can offer resources for our diocesan vision of “Living Faith for the Future.”
The website has been organised by a group called the Oxford Diocesan Council of Partners in World Mission. We’re a council of Diocesan Synod, and as the Revd Tim Naish recently put it, we aim to “be alive to our variegated world, in all its glory and shame … The links we have and the programmes we are engaged in are designed to help keep us all in the Diocese in touch with God’s work in all God’s world. We know and rejoice that many across the Diocese do this in their own ways, often independently of us; we love to seek closer co-operation in the service of the Kingdom” and are here to support the work of all who care about this vital area of our Christian life.
If you’d like to get in touch with us, go to the PWM and Link Contacts page for contact details.