by Fletcher Lowe
Partners for Baptismal Living: PBL. That’s the new name for Episcopalians on Baptismal Mission (EBM).
Why the change? We feel it is more inclusive. After all, all the Baptized are partners. We feel it makes our group more accessible by inviting all the Baptized – including the ordained – to become partners with us, in claiming the dignity and the power of our baptism.
One of our important metaphors is a base camp. If you give it some thought, a base camp is not the destination. It is a way station for the hikers whose destination is beyond. The base camp is there to empower, equip, guide, heal, support, and encourage the hikers. Translated to the local congregations, like the basecamp, it exists for the members, not vice versa. It is not the destination, but a fueling stop on the way to the members’ real mission in their daily lives of work and community and home.
Let me share PBL’s recent statement of who we are and what we are about, from the upcoming edition of the Episcopal Church Annual, aka “The Red Book”:
A partnership dedicated to the ministries of all the baptized in their daily lives. Formed in 2006 as Episcopalians on Baptismal Mission (EBM), PBL’s mission within the Episcopal Church is to recognize, affirm, and empower the Monday through Saturday ministries of baptized persons, grounded in the Baptismal Covenant; to explore common ground and natural alliances with other Episcopal, Anglican, and ecumenical groups; to assist congregations, dioceses, provinces, and seminaries in planning and implementing educational events focused on the calling of all the baptized ; and to provide a communications link among partners through our email listserv and blog, www.livinggodsmission.org. PBL is led by a steering committee of laypersons, priests, and bishops. Membership is open to all. Contact: Rev Cn J Fletcher Lowe Jr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in learning more about us, check out the other pages here at Living God’s Mission, and feel free to send us a comment or question using the response form.
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