In response to the challenge of our diocese to create a seven word mission statement, Peacemeal decided to create a mission haiku – to give poetic expression to our missional commitments:

gathering fragments
dwelling as Christ at the edge
blessing creation 

Okay, it’s not seven words, but it’s close! As we mention in the description of our name, gathering fragments seems to us one of the callings of Christian community in a postmodern world. First, we gather the fragments of our lives – fragments of our own brokenness and fragments of a culture that is often disjointed and chaotic – as we come together to create community and find wholeness. Second, we gather the fragments of divine grace that remain present in our broken world – signs of life in art, culture, and daily experiences – as we share with one another glimpses of the fingerprints of the creator.

We also dwell as Christ at the edge. We are called to be a community that does not simply reach out to the edges but which dwells at the edges as Christ did. For us those edges include the edge between religious and non-religious, believer and doubter, rich and poor, straight and gay, red state and blue state. By dwelling at the edge we hope to embody an alternative to the dualisms and hierarchies that surround us, to embody in some small way the reign of God in the midst of mighty empires and powerful corporations.

We strive to bless creation. We see in the Bible a story of God’s great economy of blessing, God’s desire to provide all that we need, spiritually and materially, to prosper and flourish as human beings. We believe that God calls us to participate in the flow of blessing by which the goods of creation are extended for the good of all creatures. This leads us to care for the earth so that the blessings of life can continue to flow not only across space but through time to coming generations. This leads us to share our goods with others and support programs that bless “the least of these.” We resist the culture of fear with its emphasis on accumulation, preemption, and suspicion in favor of the risky gesture of an open hand.