Mrs. Christine Warner

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Name
Mrs. Christine Warner
Church Info
Home Church Address
Christ Church of Austin
112 Medina St.
Austin, TX 78745
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Matthew 25 Gathering: Justice and Mercy Contending for Shalom
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Director
Organization Address
709 Colonial Park
Austin, TX 78745
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Organization Email
questions@anglicanjusticeandmercy.org
Description of Organization
ACNA initiative to encourage and network individuals and ministries among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced Also a part of Lumen ( www.lumencenter.org), a ministry of spiritual directors in Central Texas Also serve as supervising faculty of Selah, a trinitarian spiritual direction training program
Organization Years In Operation
1
Does your ministry offer internships?
No.
Strengths of Organization
Convening network, seasoned practitioners, long-term vision
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
30.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Growing up in civil war Guatemala, internships in dump ministry, graduate degrees from University of Texas at Austin and Regent College seminary, 6 years community development, on the ground service with homeless, undocumented immigrants, and children/youth with special needs
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Discerning ongoing ministry
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Sustainability and the needs always being greater than the resources
What gives you the greatest joy?
Witnessing the beauty of the human heart interact with God's heart and be transformed. Watching the darkness be pushed back by the light. Seeing the impossibly shattered heart begin being healed. My husband's kind and sparkly eyes. Enjoying my children's laughter. Dancing.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Sabbath, contemplative prayer, spiritual direction, community, spiritual friendships, lectio divina, silence and solitude, laughter and play
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
That it is critical to our history and our identity, and we need to put resources into these ministries and foster them in our churches to grow such ministries.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
To learn and value and pay attention and promote these deeply Anglican arenas of ministry. For fellow Anglicans and non Anglicans to associate ACNA churches with good and beautiful work of justice and mercy, for that to be what comes to people's minds when they hear mention of Anglicans in North America.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Oh so many. Theirs is the Kingdom, Just Mercy, Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier books, The Corner, Eight Ball Chicks, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, bios of Dorothy Day and Amy Carmichael and Jackie Pullinger, When Helping Hurts, Nickel and Dimed, God Grew Tired of Us, Dear White People. Lately I've been reading books on mass incarceration.
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
So many documentaries. Some that shaped me early on....The Mission. Ghandi. To Kill a Mockingbird. Dead Man Walking. Fresh. Dangerous Minds. Freedom Writers. What's not to love about Brother Sun Sister Moon? Latest favorite: McFarland, USA
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
Kisses for Katie, IJM, World Relief
Anything else you would wish us to know?
It has been pure joy to be a part of Matthew 25 Gathering
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
That it is sacramental. That the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced are our teachers and have treasures and wealth to offer. That it heals the soul to practice justice and mercy. You have to define success very differently.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I would love for it to be normal for ACNA churches to be engaged in works of justice and mercy in a relational or incarnational way, not merely sending money to organizations. I would like to see systems in place that can support and promote and encourage intergenerational Anglicans to be involved in ministries among the least of these. I would like to see non-profits emerge that are robustly and beautifully Anglican doing work of justice and mercy.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
As a child of missionaries in Guatemala, I grew up in the context of civil war, violence, extreme poverty, earthquakes, witnessing first hand extraordinary suffering. As a student I served in ministry in the Guatemala City dump and have continued to do so over the years and now as a part of the Advisory Council for Potter's House. I've served in ministry on the Navajo reservation, with migrant farmers, in advocacy for undocumented immigrants, living incarnationally among the urban poor along the Texas/Mexican border doing community development, with the homeless ministry through Mission Possible, with special needs youth through Capernaum. I have always valued friendship and relationships that place me in the middle of the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced. They are my teachers in the gospel and reveal to me the ways of the kingdom and, most importantly, nearness to Jesus. I taste and see and fall in love with Him all over again in the context of contending for justice and mercy. Additionally, I serve ministries and individuals who are on the front lines of seeking shalom with "the least of these" in the context of spiritual formation and spiritual direction, through Lumen and Coracle. I also teach at St. Edwards University and get to be involved in secular social justice efforts being the presence of Christ with students who want to make a difference but who don't know the Source and Healer of our broken world.