Jesus said: "Blessed are the poor for theirs is the Kingdom of God". Jesus' defining text for his ministry comes from Isaiah 61: 1-3. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, bind up the broken heart, to set the captives free, to open eyes of the blind, to free the oppressed and wounded victims."
Urban Ministry is important because it brings cultures and classes together because addiction and homelessness does not discriminate against race and class. It also brings classes and cultures to come together to do ministry and learn from one another. To preach the Gospel of the Kingdom that liberates people from the oppression of addiction and the victimization of homelessness and to open the eyes of all, especially in our diocese, to the poverty that exists in our inner cities and other parts of the city.
What does our Anglican Tradition and our diocese in particular bring as a distinctive element to the inner city through Urban Ministry? Poverty and addiction are the birthed out of systematic habits and rituals. We know we don't break habits; we change habits. Our Anglican Tradition with its liturgy is rhythm of prayer, Scripture reading, and its expression of the power of the Spirit brings the Kingdom of God that transforms and makes disciples in a holistic manner to those who need is great.