Episcopal Life Online reports on the Anglican Communion Standing Committee which concluded its meeting today with a celebration of greater transparency and focus on common mission:
The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion adjourned its July 23-27 meeting here with its members celebrating a renewed focus on mission and greater commitment to transparency.
"I feel like we've grown closer as a body and we're living more deeply into our charge to be the trustees for the various offices and programs of the Anglican Communion," Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut, who serves on the Standing Committee as an elected representative of the Anglican Consultative Council, the communion's main policy-making body, told ENS following the meeting.
Douglas said the committee, through the support of the Anglican Communion Office, "has pursued a course of transparency and open communication, which I think is vitally important if trust and understanding across the communion is to be engendered. We cannot minimize what a significant move that is in the right direction for our health as a communion."
Jefferts Schori said "it is clear that very important work is being facilitated out of the Anglican Communion Office. We are beginning to pay far more attention to our mutual participation in God's mission."
'Very difficult, honest conversations'
Douglas said that the meeting also included some challenging moments. "We still had very difficult, honest conversations where we were able to speak the truth to each other, particularly about how we understood the archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost Letter and the departure of some of our members since we last met," he said.