Comments: Canadian-African Dialogue

"In spite of differences, we strongly affirm our commitment to each other as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ and as members in the Anglican Communion. As we continue to learn about each others' mission contexts, cultures, values and languages, each of us grows in deeper mutual understanding of theological and ethical positions - both our own and those of our partners."
- Canadian African Dialogue -

Interesting that there were no Bishops from Uganda or Nigeria among the signatories. This is not too surprising. However, the fact that there are African Bishops actually wanting to discuss the reality of different values in different mission contexts is at least, encouraging. This was the pledge of all Bishops at Lambeth 1998, but was not followed up by Nigeria and Uganda - among others.

May God richly bless these Canadian/African moves towards meaningful dialogue. If only other Provinces of the Communion were really open to what the Holy Spirit might be telling us in this new and exciting age of mission - about matters of human sexuality and gender roles in our different contexts - then we may not have had the problem of trying to find common ground through the implicit imposition of a Confessional Covenant, which most of us would rather do without.

Indaba may prove to have been a useful tool of communication after all - unless it becomes what the Papuans call just 'Tok-tok'.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 14 March 2010 at 10:15am GMT

An interesting group.

But Anglican Mainstream and their vassals will think this all "muddying the waters" - the thought Anglicans may be able to talk without several bishops having to be consecrated just isn't on their list.

The bonds of affection are not gone......

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Sunday, 14 March 2010 at 9:32pm GMT

Father Ron, The Canadian General Synod is using indaba like conversations at its next meeting.If by "tok-tok" you mean "stalling for time", that would appear to be the intent. -chuck Inglis

Posted by Chuck Inglis at Sunday, 14 March 2010 at 11:18pm GMT

Chuck, the Papuan meaning of 'Tok-tok' is, simply, talk-talk. In other words, if even the exercise of talking stops short of 'doing' something positive about it, then even Tok-tok can be a waste of time.

However, it seems it will take an eternity before Uganda and Nigeria are even willing to tok-tok. They seem to have reversed the normal human situation where we have two ears but only one mouth. They have more to say than they can bear to listen to - on a subject that they don't even want to hear about.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 15 March 2010 at 9:59am GMT
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