An important concept in the church’s understanding of evangelism is that our ministry be done “with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of all” (ELCA Model Constitution, ch. 4). For Gloria Dei, being part of the body of Christ means nurturing our God-given connections both locally and globally. Our vision is that our diverse parish family find unity in Christ’s reconciling love, as we seek to building relationships of accompaniment that extend across the city and across the world.
Each Sunday, Gloria Dei prays for companion churches in Tanzania, India, Russia, and Honduras, that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our ministries and partnerships. Through members’ visits to these companion churches and Gloria Dei receiving guests from them, we have all been strengthened by the Spirit that crosses boundaries and unites us in faith.