You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.
The mission of Saint Mark’s is the mission of God: ‘Tikkun Olam’ – the healing of the world. We participate in this mission, individually and collectively, by practicing the art of loving God and loving neighbor. This love is concrete and measurable – we know when we’re doing it well and when we’re doing it poorly. This love is not only transformative within the Church, it is also generative within the world, making a new future possible that would be impossible without it.
As Episcopalians, we at Saint Mark’s share a common life with other Anglicans around the globe, and that common life is shaped by ‘the Five Marks of Mission’ – five ‘signs’ that we are actively participating in God’s mission in the world. When we are being faithful, we are doing these things.
The Five Marks of Mission are:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
- To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers;
- To respond to human need by loving service;
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation;
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.