Continuing Indaba: new instrument of communion?

The Anglican Communion News Service reports that there was enthusiastic support for the Continuing Indaba process. A resolution securing the future of the process passed after some discussion of even stronger language:

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa spoke of the origins of bringing the Indaba process to the Lambeth Design Group. His intention was to help the Communion reconnect with gospel-shaped approaches. “This is not” he said” about competitiveness, dominance, power, polarisation and adversarial attitudes.”

Explaining how the process had run over the past few years, Canon Groves said that Continuing Indaba conversation involved three dioceses from different Provinces in the Anglican Communion. Convened by bishops, conversations were between men and women – both lay and ordained – who are involved in local mission. An important part of the experience was to encounter each other’s Mission contexts. Through facilitated conversations they encouraged and challenged one another in order to further mission in each place.

The core values of the Continuing Indaba were defined in a paper by John Mark Oduor of Kenya He summoned the community to meet under the cross of Christ,” for the healing, reconciliation and unity of the community and the world” The core values he identified are:

The priority of Relationship

The need for Conversation

The significance of A Place of Meeting

The Appreciation of our Uniqueness within a whole community

Forgiveness and healing

Other members: Ms Suzanne Lawson (Canada) Rev. Canon Janet Trisk (South Africa) Archbishop Paul Kong (Hong Kong)and the Rev Canon Dr Dickson Chilongani (Tanzania) spoke with enthusiasm about their participation in the Continuing Indaba process.

The Primate of Scotland the Most Rev David Chillingworth concluded the presentation emphasizing that Continuing Indaba is a “miracle of grace that is not a program or a project but a way of being God’s church, a way of open conversation leading to mission that takes seriously the local context.” He explained to members that Indaba created the right relationships that enable the difficult questions to be addressed.

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