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Stephen Bevans

November 7, 2013:

 “The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of the whole of the church’s mission.”

“Mission is finding out where the Spirit at work, and joining in.”

These two lines are from two of the most revered religious leaders of our time. The first was written by John Paul II in his landmark encyclical “The Mission of the Redeemer.” The second is from a speech to evangelical Anglicans by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. [1]

October 1, 2010:

Did you ever think that God might best be imagined not by a noun but as a verb? This is something that has struck me in the last several years, and I have been fascinated by the discovery. While all the qualities of personhood are in God, rather than thinking about God as just some kind of “person” “up there” or “out there,” I’ve begun to think about God as a Movement, an Embrace, a Flow—moving through the cosmos and history, embracing wounded and suffering creation, flowing through the smallest subatomic particle as well as the most complex organisms.

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