Together in mission: Africa and Canada

Anglican Journal reports on third meeting of bishops from Africa and Canada. The bishops have steadily deepened trust and discovered areas of agreement:

On one level, the first wedding held at the Anglican Church of Canada’s national offices will resemble many other weddings, with finery, music, and celebration. But it is a moment of Anglican Communion harmony that might not have happened 10 years ago: the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will conduct the marriage service for the Primate of Central Africa, Archbishop Albert Chama, and his childhood friend Ashella Ndhlovu, a resident of Toronto.

The June 8 event is a happy postscript symbolizing the deepening friendships emerging from the Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue. The bishops held their third meeting at the Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Retreat Centre in Pickering, Ont., June 4 to 7.

Seventeen bishops from Africa, Canada, and U.S. met for prayer and discussion of two topics: mission and the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant.

In their official statement, the bishops said that “Mission isn’t something we do to another, but a way of being together in the presence of God as God transforms and reconciles the world to himself.”

The official statement is here.

Bishops attending were:

The Rt. Rev’d Jane Alexander – Diocese of Edmonton, Canada

The Rt. Rev’d Johannes Angela – Diocese Bondo, Kenya

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Bird – Diocese of Niagara, Canada

The Most Rev’d Albert Chama – Diocese of Northern Zambia & Primate of Central Africa, Zambia

The Rt. Rev’d Garth Counsell – Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Ingham – Diocese of New Westminster, Canada

The Most Rev’d Colin Johnson – Toronto & Metropolitan of Ontario

The Rt. Rev’d Julius Kalu – Diocese of Mombasa, Kenya

The Rt. Rev’d Sixbert Macumi – Diocese of Buye, Burundi

The Rt. Rev’d Mdimi Mhogolo – Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania

The Rt. Rev’d Trevor Musonda Mwamba – Diocese of Botswana, Botswana

The Rt. Rev’d David Njovu – Diocese of Lusaka, Zambia

The Most Rev’d Bernard Ntahoturi- Diocese of Matana & Primate of Burundi, Burundi

The Rt. Rev’d Robert O’Neill – Diocese of Colorado, USA

The Rt. Rev’d Anthony Poggo – Diocese of Kajo Keji, Sudan

The Rt. Rev’d Daniel Sarfo – Diocese of Kumasi, Ghana

The Rt. Rev’d James Tengatenga – Diocese of Southern Malawi, Malawi

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