Transformed by Christ – Prophetic

Published on: 22 August 2023

As we look ahead to the third of the “3 Ps” relating to the vision for the Church of England in Norfolk and Waveney, we can reflect as to how being prayerful has led to pastoral service which can move us to prophetic action

In Bishop Graham’s vision for the Diocese of Norwich, he explains that: “We will be prophetic in speaking out and acting, with the fire of the Holy Spirit, challenging injustice, confronting violence and working for peace and reconciliation. We will seek to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

So what does this mean to you in your church, parish, or home setting? You may already be actively prophetic; may God bless your work. Or perhaps you could consider supporting Christian organisations who are active in this way.


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