Bishops from all over the Anglican Communion gathered in a “Consultation of Bishops in Dialogue” meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
From the statement:
From February 24 to 27 nineteen bishops of the Anglican Communion met thanks to the initiative of the Anglican Church of Canada. We came from the Sudan, Botswana, Malawi, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Canada, the United States and England. We met as a group of partner pairs and triads. ...
We have been engaged in a process of patient and holy listening, as Anglicans, coming from a wide diversity of contexts and theological positions, who have chosen to listen to one another (Colossians 3:12-17). Some diocesan partnerships have been involved in dialogue about human sexuality prior to the meeting and these continue. We have found that in the wider context of conflicts around sexuality in the Anglican Communion, the conflict has provided us an opportunity to build bridges of mutual understanding to us as we choose to turn face to face with each other. ...
... Across the globe, across the Communion, we actually really need one another. We are stronger in relationship than when we are apart. This, we believe, is a work of engaging in Communion building rather than Communion breaking. In the words of the Toronto Congress of 1963 we are engaged in living in “mutual responsibility and interdependence” (Ephesians 2:13-22). [See: Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ]
The bishops attending:
The Rt. Rev’d Michael Bird, Niagara
The Rt. Rev’d George Bruce, Ontario
The Rt. Rev’d John Chapman, Ottawa
The Rt. Rev’d Garth Counsell, Cape Town
The Rt. Rev’d Terry Dance, Huron
The Rt. Rev’d Mary Gray-Reeves, El Camino Real
The Rt. Rev’d Michael Ingham, New Westminster
The Most Rev’d Colin Johnson, Toronto
The Rt. Rev’d Shannon Johnston, Virginia
The Rt. Rev’d Julius Kalu, Mombasa
The Rt. Rev’d Sixbert Macumi, Buye
The Rt. Rev’d Sadock Makaya, Western Tanganyika
The Rt. Rev’d Mdimi Mhogolo, Central Tanganyika
The Rt. Rev’d Gerard Mpango, Western Tanganyika
The Rt. Rev’d Musonda Mwamba, Botswana
The Rt. Rev’d Michael Perham, Gloucester
The Rt. Rev’d Anthony Poggo, Kajo Keji
The Rt. Rev’d Daniel Sarfo,Kumasi
The Rt. Rev’d James Tengatenga,Southern Malawi
The gathering was funded by The Anglican Church of Canada, The Diocese of Toronto Foundation, The Episcopal Church, The Fellowship of the Maple Leaf and Trinity Church Wall Street.
The meeting builds on a gathering of Canadian and African a year ago in London.