19 bishops from around the globe say “we are stronger together”

Bishops from all over the Anglican Communion gathered in a “Consultation of Bishops in Dialogue” meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

From the statement:

From February 24 to 27 nineteen bishops of the Anglican Communion met thanks to the initiative of the Anglican Church of Canada. We came from the Sudan, Botswana, Malawi, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Canada, the United States and England. We met as a group of partner pairs and triads. …

We have been engaged in a process of patient and holy listening, as Anglicans, coming from a wide diversity of contexts and theological positions, who have chosen to listen to one another (Colossians 3:12-17). Some diocesan partnerships have been involved in dialogue about human sexuality prior to the meeting and these continue. We have found that in the wider context of conflicts around sexuality in the Anglican Communion, the conflict has provided us an opportunity to build bridges of mutual understanding to us as we choose to turn face to face with each other. …

… Across the globe, across the Communion, we actually really need one another. We are stronger in relationship than when we are apart. This, we believe, is a work of engaging in Communion building rather than Communion breaking. In the words of the Toronto Congress of 1963 we are engaged in living in “mutual responsibility and interdependence” (Ephesians 2:13-22). [See: Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ]

The bishops attending:

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Bird, Niagara

The Rt. Rev’d George Bruce, Ontario

The Rt. Rev’d John Chapman, Ottawa

The Rt. Rev’d Garth Counsell, Cape Town

The Rt. Rev’d Terry Dance, Huron

The Rt. Rev’d Mary Gray-Reeves, El Camino Real

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Ingham, New Westminster

The Most Rev’d Colin Johnson, Toronto

The Rt. Rev’d Shannon Johnston, Virginia

The Rt. Rev’d Julius Kalu, Mombasa

The Rt. Rev’d Sixbert Macumi, Buye

The Rt. Rev’d Sadock Makaya, Western Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Mdimi Mhogolo, Central Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Gerard Mpango, Western Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Musonda Mwamba, Botswana

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Perham, Gloucester

The Rt. Rev’d Anthony Poggo, Kajo Keji

The Rt. Rev’d Daniel Sarfo,Kumasi

The Rt. Rev’d James Tengatenga,Southern Malawi

The gathering was funded by The Anglican Church of Canada, The Diocese of Toronto Foundation, The Episcopal Church, The Fellowship of the Maple Leaf and Trinity Church Wall Street.

The meeting builds on a gathering of Canadian and African a year ago in London.

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