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Anglican Communion bishops in dialogue issue testimony

Posted on: May 29, 2014 5:43 PM
The bishops' gatherings "facilitate learning about each other’s contexts and finding pathways for healing and reconciliation."
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By the Anglican Church of Canada

The fifth meeting of the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue took place in Coventry, England from May 22 to 25, 2014. Please click here for a full text of their joint statement, “A Testimony of Our Journey toward Reconciliation.”

The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue brings together Anglican bishops from Africa and North America toward a deeper understanding of our common life in Christ in a diverse, global Communion.

Beginning in 2010, a group of approximately two-dozen bishops from Canada, the United States, and a number of African countries, have met annually in England, Tanzania, Canada, and South Africa. Their gatherings facilitate learning about each other’s contexts and finding pathways for healing and reconciliation. Their time together in Coventry focused specifically on approaches to reconciliation and becoming a reconciling community.

This intentional dialogue was developed in response to theological controversies that strained relationships across the Anglican Communion in the early 2000s. These included issues relating to human sexuality and the blessing of same-sex marriages. In the face of pain and division arising from these controversies, Archbishop Colin Johnson of the Diocese of Toronto and the Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Kawuki Mukasa, now Africa Relations Coordinator, spearheaded this important dialogue.

The bishops report their time together as a special blessing, one of powerful transformation and growing companionship. There is also deepening appreciation that all who form this unique group carry out their lives and ministries as faithfully as they can in their local contexts.

At the close of this fifth Consultation, the bishops committed themselves to support the Archbishop of Canterbury’s priority of reconciliation in the Anglican Communion. In response to Archbishop Justin’s appeal, the bishops will “pray for wisdom to know what to do, and for the patience to know when to do it, and the courage to act.”

Members of the Anglican Church of Canada are asked to pray for the members of the Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, and for their ministries of reconciliation.

To learn more about the Consultation, and to read A Testimony of Our Journey Toward Reconciliation please visit the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue webpage.

Participants
The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi – Diocese of Matana (Primate of Burundi)
The Most Rev. Albert Chama – Diocese of Northern Zambia (Primate of Central Africa)
The Most Rev. J. Chimeledya – Diocese of Mpwapwa (Primate of Tanzania)
The Most Rev. Daniel Sarfo – Diocese of Kumasi (Primate of West Africa)
The Most Rev. J. Idowu-Fearon – Diocese of Kaduna
The Rt. Rev. Garth Counsell – Diocese of Cape Town
The Rt. Rev. Sixbert Macumi – Diocese of Buye
The Rt. Rev. Joel Waweru – Diocese of Nairobi
The Rt. Rev. Johannes Angela – Diocese of Bondo
The Rt. Rev. Julius Kalu – Diocese of Mombasa
The Rt. Rev. Joseph Wasonga – Diocese of Maseno West
The Rt. Rev. Antony Poggo – Diocese of Kajo Keji
The Rt. Rev. Evans Kisekka – Diocese of Luwero
The Rt. Rev. Kobina Ben Smith – Suffragan Diocese of Kumasi
The Rt. Rev. Mensah Torto – Diocese of Accra

The Most Rev. Colin Johnson – Diocese of Toronto (Metropolitan of Ontario)
The Rt. Rev. John Chapman – Diocese of Ottawa
The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald – National Indigenous Anglican Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Jane Alexander – Diocese of Edmonton
The Rt. Rev. Michael Bird – Diocese of Niagara
The Rt. Rev. Michael Oulton – Diocese of Ontario
The Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham – (Retired) Diocese of New Westminster
The Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill – Diocese of Colorado
The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls – The Episcopal Church Chielf Operating Officer
Staff:
Canon Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa
Dr. Andrea Mann
Canon David Porter
Canon Benjamin Musoke-Lubega
Ms. Sarah Arney