Saturday, 11 May 2013
A Testimony of Hope
The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue is “a fluid group of bishops from Canada, the U.S., and various African countries. Together they seek to build common understanding and respect among parts of the Communion that have been in conflict.”
The latest report from the Consultation is now available: A Testimony of Hope.
Posted by Peter Owen on
Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 11:43am BST
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This will no doubt attract few comments as it
is very good news. These people should be
thanked and encouraged.
I'm in agreement, Concerned Anglican. Very good news. Hope it continues and flourishes.
Hopeful and encouraging.
There is so much to do together.
A fine counterpoit to the provocative attitude of the GAFCON Primates. Here we have the ethos of Gospel Peace and Justice - as opposed to the institutional reluctance to change. I know which group would get my vote for the authenticity of Gospel values in our contemporary world.
My bishop +Robert O'Neill was one of the representatives. This talk seems very promising.
In my experience allowing someone to tell their story without interruption or judgement, with fully-focussed attentive listening, is one of the most powerful ways to contribute to the healing of hurts and find a way forward. As we listen to another, we can begin to discern the word of God. In this context, the proposed Covenant was a cul-de-sac, because it started from the position that there was one truth to which everyone should conform. I found the report on this conversation quite moving and I hope it provides a better path for our Communion.
This spirit is part of what has kept me an Anglican from by childhood.
"This spirit is part of what has kept me an Anglican from my childhood."
Yes, me too! Except that I became an Anglican in adulthood. I went to an integrated church in Cincinnati, very rare. It had black/white, gay/straight, rich/poor, addicted/recovered/never hooked. And the Rector would run programs where people told their stories. It's one thing to hear about the phenomenon of "driving while Black." It's another thing to hear the experience of it from people you come to love and respect.
So many stories. They add up. They make a difference. They are the only thing that actually does make a difference.