"African and North American bishops left the recent Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue 'with great hope', they said in a collective statement issued at the conclusion of their meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, from May 2 to 5 . The dialogue was the fourth in a series of meetings established to help heal divisions within the Anglican Communion. This meeting focused on reconciliation, and included presentations on Truth and Reconciliation commissions in South Africa, Canada and Burundi". The 18 bishops were from Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, South Sudan, Malawi, Ghana, the U.S. and Canada. The Rev. Canon Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa. from the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada, said: "The bishops' differences, particularly on issues of sexuality, have not disappeared ... 'but the good thing is that they have become friends now'." "The bishops have committed to meeting next year  and possibly the year after as well".
"The 105th prelate to ascend the throne of St. Augustine will be the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, 56, bishop of Durham. He will be enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral on Mar. 21, 2013 ... Named to the episcopacy just last December , Welby succeeds Dr. Rowan Williams, who is retiring at the end of December  after 10 years as Archbishop". "A married father of five, Welby is considered a flexible but evangelical clergyman holding a traditional view of marriage but also supporting women bishops". "Welby became dean of Liverpool in 2007 and was enthroned last December  as bishop of Durham, the fourth-most senior clerical post in the Church of England. His hands-on experience as an executive in the oil industry in Africa and his later experience in conflict resolution will likely stand him in good stead as he deals with divisive factions within the 77-million member Anglican Communion. From 2002 to 2007, he led Coventry Cathedral's ministry of reconciliation around the world, serving in dangerous areas of severe civil conflict such as Nigeria".
"The following is the first of two lectures Archbishop Eames delivered last summer  at the Virginia Theological Seminary's convocation. It is published here with permission".
"It is debatable if the Anglican Communion has faced a more searching period, more public scrutiny and more transparent heart-searching than in the past two years". "Has the Anglican obsession with sexuality been merely the tip of an iceberg hiding other deeper issues, which will ultimately dictate the future of the Anglican Communion ?" "With few exceptions the Anglican north and west began to recognize the extent of internal diversity which had existed long before the name of Gene Robinson became known internationally". Archbishop Eames goes on to discuss what are commonly known as "the bonds of affection" and the pressures on them including the legacy of colonialism; the development of autonomous provinces and the fact of inculturation in different societies; the Anglican avoidance of a central authority akin to the central curia of Rome; and tensions not just between provinces but also within provinces, dioceses and even parishes. "Such questioning brings me to another and perhaps more controversial issue. Is the real question about authority rather than sexuality ? Not just authority in terms of the authority of interpretation of Holy Scripture, but authority to be in communion among diverse and autonomous Provinces ...". The author's involvement in the Lambeth Commission demonstrated evidence that "cultural development across our Communion had become an equal if not a dominant ingredient within the bonds of affection. In saying that I need to be aware that conservative Anglicanism resents any argument that places cultural difference above questions of theological principle. .... Am I alone in thinking that at the root of those clashes [between conservative a liberal argument], irrespective of our personal allegiances or preferences, lies the failure of succeeding generations of Anglicans to accept that there are parameters to divergence in scriptural interpretation, there are boundaries to ecclesiological autonomy and there are limitations to what a world family of vague technical relationships can endure and still remain a cohesive entity." He considers the possible dilemmas "associated with what could be called `the practical working of communion'" and especially the potential effects on Anglican organizations that span provinces e.g. the Missionary Societies and the Mothers Union. "The impressions of the Anglican Communion I gained in the preparation of the Windsor Report are dominated by one word -- pain". He offers, from his personal experience, one possible solution for the Commission -- the concept of reconciliation, which he defines and outlines as a process. "Is it just possible that future generations will look at this [current] time not just as a negative era for Anglicanism but rather as an inevitable sign of growth, a sign of maturity even in the history of a most diverse world Christian family ?" "I have tried to point out some of the consequences of an international Church body in which aspiration to bonds is more visible than application to their realities. As far back as 1920 the Lambeth Conference concluded: `The Churches represented in (the Communion) are indeed independent, but independent with the Christian freedom which recognises the restraints of truth and love. They are not free to deny the truth. They are not free to ignore the fellowship'. The Windsor Report took this question and commented: `This means that any development needs to be explored for its resonance with the truth, and with the utmost charity on the part of all -- charity that grants that a new thing can be offered humbly and with integrity, and charity that might refrain from an action which might harm a sister or brother'."
"Anglicans from around the Communion took part in a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in June , with the theme of 'walking together'. Five primates as well as the Anglican Communion Secretary General, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, accompanied the pilgrims. Among the highlights of the tour were visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Sea of Gallilee. Archbishop Josiah shares his thoughts on the pilgrimage -- and below, there is a reflection from first-time pilgrim Alice Wu from Hong Kong" (p. 20).
From Archbishop Josiah: "The Sunday morning visit in the company of Primate Suhail [sic i.e. Suheil] Dawani to the Temple Mount/al Aqsa Mosque was also very moving for me. That visit was a showcase of the deep and friendly relationship between the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in the Holy Land. We had the minister responsible for this holy place accompany us all through and unlike the tourists, we had a guided tour of both mosques. I was so moved that I spent a significant time praying for these three religious communities and our Communion for reconciliation with respect for differences" (p. 20-21).
From Alice Wu: "The experience of standing on Holy ground -- each and every one of those sites on the itinerary -- was overwhelming" (p. 22). "At the holiest of sites, I felt awestruck by both the close proximity to the Divine and how far we are from being true pilgrims. The shoving, pushing, and invasion of space at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre made me realise how easily we, whether we are pilgrims on the Holy Land, or more importantly, lifelong pilgrims following Christ's footsteps in our lives and in our communities, fall into the trap of monopolising God, and in the process, push, ostracise, reject and hurt those travelling on the same path" (p. 22).
"Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is scheduled to make a 'personal, pastoral visit' to Canada April 7 to 9 , this year, as part of his personal commitment to get to know the primates (senior archbishops) of the Anglican Communion and learn about each of their local contexts. Welby will meet with the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, in Toronto". "Welby -- who has a long ministry in conflict resolution -- has rolled out a plan for visiting every primate across the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office".
Two photos with caption. "Following immediately upon leaving Burundi, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, took the opportunity to join with church leaders in Africa at a special consultation in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the meeting was to look at the role of church, faith and reconciliation in post trauma, post war scenarios, such as Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo. Dramatic testimonies of the church's role in troubled times were shared, both successes and failures. The group included many Primates of the area and leaders in various reconciliation ministries." Text of entire article.
"Around the world men and women are involved in peacemaking and reconciliation and the church often plays a significant role in bringing warring sides together. .... A report last year from the International Peace Institute, called 'Reimagining Peacemaking: Women's Roles in Peace Processes', found that women had a vital role to play in the peacemaking process, but more importantly, when women were involved an agreement was more likely to be reached and it was also more likely to last" (p. 14)". "Members of the Anglican Church and the Mothers' Union (MU) in the Solomon Islands have many stories of how women play a key role in reconciliation. Anglican Alliance Facilitator for the Pacific, Tagolyn Kabekabe, says in the matriarchal society of the Pacific Islands women command respect and their maternal instincts make them seek and negotiate peace, whatever the cost" (p. 14). "Regional Development Manager at the Mothers' Union in London, Johanna Fadipe, said the MU have a prized place in many communities and can bring peace about because of their respected position" (p. 15). "Sarah Snyder said, 'We need to stand alongside women in their suffering but we also need to recognize and stand with them in the front line. They have a moral influence that allows them to sensitively address growing anger and shift into non violent forms of expression" (p. 15).
"Two Anglican cathedrals in Ontario have joined the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN), a reconciliation ministry of the Church of England's Coventry Cathedral. CCN is an international network of 220 active partners in more than 40 countries who are committed to a shared ministry of reconciliation. The community was formed in 1974, the result of a commitment made by the former provost of Coventry Cathedral, Richard Howard, 'not to seek revenge but to strive for forgiveness' following the destruction of the cathedral in 1940, according to the CNN website. Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, presented a Cross of Nails to the congregation of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., at separate services November 5 ". Article includes colour photo of Canon Sarah Hills presenting the Cross of Nails to the Very Rev. Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.
An expanded and updated version of the "Series 2000" Lecture presented by the author at St. Paul's University, Ottawa, Ontario.
"My premise is that we have two world views, the theological and the scientific world views, both God-given. These two world views, therefore, need not clash, but taken together could give us a deeper view of reality, provided we keep in mind the limitations of each. The scientific world view gives answers to the `How ?' questions, while the theological world view responds to the `Why ?' questions". -- Intro., p. 11.
"In this monograph I have argued for the replacement of the traditional doctrine of `creatio ex nihilo' (creation from nothing) by chaos theology (creation from initial chaos with a remaining element of chaos). Chaos theology, in combination with the physical theory of chaos events, can greatly contribute to the reconciliation of the scientific and theological world views. It can cast fresh light on other crucial aspects of theology, God's activity in the world, Christ's incarnation and saving action, the problem of evil, the theological understanding of disease, and eschatology, while doing away with the awkward doctrines of original sin and predestination". -- p. 88.
Contents divided into three main sections: Chaos Theology as a New Approach -- God's Action in the World -- The Problem of Evil.
Author is a scientist (biochemist) and an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.
"A three-day conference of international theologians has taken place -- with the organisers in Jerusalem but the participants taking part via the internet. The intercontinental webinar of theologians from the global south was hosted from St. George's College, Jerusalem. Theologians from the Middle East, Nigeria, Myanmar, South Sudan, Egypt, Brazil and Tokyo were among those taking part. They had all prepared papers on reconciliation and mission which will to towards a book on that theme ahead of the next Lambeth Conference in 2020. Nine papers had been circulated by the theologians for reading in advance so the webinar was a chance to discuss the contents and then offer suggestions for improvements before publication. The Co-Chair, Bishop Graham Kings, Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion, said he was delighted with the way technology had facilitated the theological discussions: 'I was impressed with the vitality of the webinar. The format worked very well indeed; we had a lot of fun and fellowship as well as banter -- combined with serious discussion'." [Text of entire article.]