Knowing what we value, what we hold as having worth, is best discerned in how we live. Statements of universal, societal, corporate, business, government, family, personal and/or religious values are only credible when they can be seen to shape action. It is our prayer and hope that, more and more, our lives and actions, our corporate structures and behaviours will reveal that we, as the Diocese of Niagara, value spiritual discipline; valuing diversity; honesty and integrity; passion and hard work.
We are exploring and sharing a range of understandings of what those words mean to us, individually and collectively. We have done so by engaging in prayerful Advent reflections on these vision values that they might form a foundation for the ministries we undertake as passionate followers of Christ. We have done so in indaba gatherings about the contemporary challenges and blessings of Anglican liturgy. ["Indaba gatherings" are those in which "...people get together to sort out the problems that affect them all, where everyone has a voice and where there is an attempt to find a common mind or a common story that everyone is able to tell when they go away from it..." (Archbishop Rowan Williams).] We have and are continuing to do so by sharing our stories and growing spiritually through numerous projects sponsored by the Journeys in Faith group.
May it be said of us these are the lived values of the people of the Diocese of Niagara.