The Right Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith of Arizona reports on his experiences this past week at the conference of American and African bishops sponsored by Trinity Church, Wall Street:
Unlike most conferences, there was no communique or statemant issued at the end of this gathering. That is because we did not come together to solve the problems of the Anglican Communion, but simply to get to know one another better.
One thing became especially clear to me. Our African brothers and sisters want us to come and see them! When I suggested in one meeting that the money spent on plane tickets might be better spent on funding various projects, I was quickly reminded that ‘God created people before God created money!”
Read it here.
And here is video of Bishop Smith from Spain.
Update: In the latest e-Communique from the Diocese of Virginia, Bishop Lee writes of the Spain conference,
[It] enabled mission partners to talk about what we can learn from the dynamism of the African Church and what we can give to strengthen the Church in its mission. Our partner, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Deng Bul, the Bishop of the Diocese of Renk in the Sudan, was there and we talked about our longstanding partnership and how to strengthen it.
Bishop Lee also writes of “developing partnerships” with Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana and Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Tanzania.