Our Anglican Communion uses a variety of resources to enable us to fulfil the great commission of Christ, “to go and make disciples of all nations”. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Bible is our primary resource while our prayer and worship books assist us in this task.
In this decade the Millennium Development Goals and the Five Marks of Mission have become an important consideration when we set our agendas and move forward together in the communion. One group that has helped us to do this is The Anglican Peace and Justice Network It brings together representatives appointed by the primates for a triennial consultation on issues of conflict resolution, human rights and economic and environmental justice, lifting up the voices of women, young people and all those marginalized by oppressive systems.
The Network isn’t shy in challenging the Church. In a 2007 communiqué after their meetings in Kigali, Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi they said the following,
“In many situations, including Burundi, the Church has the difficult and sometimes dangerous task of speaking out against unjust political conditions, where political parties are divided because of personal interest, where violence continues due to the unchecked spread of armaments and where agreements between rebel groups and governments are not being honoured. It is therefore even more necessary that a global church lends all its support with the local church to ensure that the world wide Anglican communion is seen to be a prophetic voice in society.
The Anglican Communion as a worldwide church of over 80 million people must increase its voice and its resources and advocate on behalf of those who are seemingly powerless, but most affected by these harsh conditions. We call on the Communion to preach the message of reconciliation by action and to assist in the facilitation of dialogue in situations of need as is happening in some areas. The Network will undertake as one of its projects to identify resources for conflict transformation that can be utilized in provinces and churches in the important work of reconciliation.”
In this podcast APJN's convener, Dr. Jenny Te Paa of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia speaks in a passionate way about the critical work of justice and peace in all areas of conflict and violence and sees it as central to the mission of the Church to reconcile all things to Christ.
Listen to the Podcast here
Duration: 11:14 | File Size: 4.5MB