The Roles and Responsibilities of the Ordained in Inclusive, Egalitarian Eucharistic Communities
The Ordained make a public commitment through the rite of ordination to a life of service and strive to be spiritual, professional, ethical and grounded in the Gospel. They are lifelong learners in their study of scripture, theologies and spirituality.
In a pastoral role, they…
- provide outreach to members in need.
- facilitate reconciliation and healing services;
- facilitate healing services with families;
- provide programs for spiritual growth;
- provide spiritual accompaniment;
- provide educational programs;
- provide retreats for the community;
- provide rituals for significant occasions (e.g. house blessing, welcoming new child to family ceremony)
- provide a prophetic voice for social justice in local and global communities.
- facilitate praying for individuals and the welfare of the community.
As sacramental facilitators, they:
- facilitate and preside at Eucharistic liturgies;
- compose original prayers, music and visual aids and discover new sources in contemporary spirituality;
- facilitate and collaborate with parents in the sacrament of Baptism;
- officiate at marriages;
- facilitate the sacrament of the sick;
- facilitate funerals and memorial services.