Whenever I read about what the Anglican women who assemble annually at the United Nations are up to, I wish they ran the Communion. Karen Chane, our bishop’s wife, is an active member of this gathering and always comes back with far more information about what life is like elsewhere in the Communion than we get through official channels. Here is the story of their latest meeting from ENS.
A group of Anglican women, as an expression of their faithfulness to the church’s mission, issued a statement March 3 reiterating their unequivocal commitment “to remaining always in ‘communion’ with and for one another,” and emphasizing that “rebuilding and reconciling the world” is central to their faith.
The statement came as more than 80 Anglican women are meeting in New York February 26-March 9 for the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).
The Anglican delegation is the largest non-governmental representation at the UNCSW, an annual meeting that brings thousands of women from around the world to New York, in part to address the challenges raised by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially Goal 3 which calls for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
“We remain resolute in our solidarity with one another and in our commitment, above all else, to pursue and fulfill God’s mission in all we say and do,” the statement said.