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Anglican Communion Secretary General to visit the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod

Posted on: June 23, 2023 1:20 PM
Assembly 2023 will bring together members of the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s Convention for joint sessions in Calgaray, Alberta

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Anthony Poggo, will make an official visit to the Anglican Church of Canada next week and participate in their General Synod meeting, being held in Alberta, Canada. The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada usually meets every three years. This year’s meeting was postponed from 2022 because of Covid. It is being held alongside the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

The Anglican Church of Canada is one of 42 autonomous and independent-yet-interdependent member Churches (provinces) in the global Anglican Communion. It has 30 dioceses and territories in four internal provinces; and a national ministry to Canada’s Indigenous peoples – the Sacred Circle.

On Sunday 25 June, Bishop Anthony will meet South Sudanese ex-pats and, with the gracious permission of the Archbishop of Calgary, the Most Revd Gregory Kerr-Wilson, he will preach at a service at Saint Paul’s Dinka Anglican Church in Calgary.

On Wednesday 28 June, Bishop Anthony will deliver a speech to the Synod at 1.30 pm MDT (7.30 pm GMT). The text of this speech and a video will be made available shortly afterwards.

On Monday 26 June, Bishop Anthony’s attention will briefly move away from Canada as he connects online to a meeting of the House of Bishops of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, and give a brief address

Commenting ahead of the visit, Bishop Anthony Poggo said: “the Anglican Church of Canada is an example to the rest of the Communion of the power of reconciliation. This is evident not only with its work with, for and by the Indigenous First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, but also ecumenically with their Lutheran and Moravian Christian sisters and brothers; and with the Jewish communities in Canada, through the proposed addition of a new collect, or prayer, for Reconciliation with the Jewish People.

“I am looking forward to learning more about their experience in reconciliation and catching up with the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, a member of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee; our host, Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson; and also with many other members of the Canadian General Synod to hear first hand of the work of the Church in Canada.”