'"The context that we share in North America means that common conversation and action around the challenges of our day could be greatly strengthened by partnership" said bishop Jefferts-Schori. "our common voices and varied context will enrich dialogue about ethics and biotechnology, energy - whether its the Gulf oil spill or Canadian tar sands - human sexuality and anthropology, preserving the language, culture and life-ways of the indigenous peoples, global warming or climate change." '
- Report from Canadian General Synod -
The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop's welcome at GS 2010 in Halifax, N.S. speaks of the common elements of mission in the USA and Canada. This augurs well for future cooperation - whatever the outcome of the threatened exclusion of both from the councils of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Katharine here is speaking of the reality of what the mission is all about - meeting the spiritual, social and material needs of the people of both Provinces of the Communion.
This, surely, is what really counts, when we are considering issues of relationship. If the USA and Canada are frozen out of world-wide ecumenical talks, then other local religious bodies present at the G. Synod have indicated their ongoing interest in keeping the talks going - at least in the local context - which is where 'the rubber hits the road' for ecumenical co-operation.
The USA and Canada share a common border - as well as a common faith. The invasion of those borders (by other provinces of the A.C.)is a concern they have in common - a matter which has not yet been addressed by the 'Instruments of Unity' in the Communion.
The resolution that the General Synod of Canada has come up with, the one that will be debated. Hardly surprising! This is what National office was no doubt hoping we would be the exit ramp this time around. The background info, if you click to follow, is telling, its a "no common mind" kind of thing.
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