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Indaba comes to Staten Island

Indaba comes to Staten Island

The ongoing Indaba process, first widely encountered at the Lambeth Conference in 2008, has led to a meeting between Anglicans from around the world in a Staten Island parish hall.

“Anglicans from Mumbai and Delhi in India and Derby in England visited Ground Zero and then took the Staten Island Ferry over to this borough on May 12 for an afternoon meeting at St. John’s Canterbury House, as part of a tour of New York City and state. Among the group was Bishop Sunil of Delhi and Bishop Prakash of Mumbai, as well as the Ven. Christine Wilson of Derby.

‘The purpose is to seek ways local churches may utilize the strength of the diversity of the Communion for work they do in their neighborhood,’ said Canon Groves.”

Details here.

The point of the ongoing process is to help local congregations realize the wide and diverse contexts in which ministry is done across the Communion. So, any suggestions for places people ought to visit in addition to New York City?


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tobias haller

Michael, the Indaba and Mutual Listening Process is in the pilot stage. The basic design involves three dioceses from three different parts of the world sharing in their experiences across difference. (India was an exception to some extent because of travel complexities.) In the Pilot phase there have been about half a dozen “triangles” — and as the implementation phase starts there will be much more. You can learn more here.

Michel Alexandre Salim, AOJN

If the suggestions are for upcoming visits, and thus not limited to the Diocese of NY, I’d suggest the National Cathedral and St John’s in DC, as well as the various monastic communities — the new urban one near St John’s; SSJE in Boston; OJN in Wisconsin etc.

Jim Naughton

Thanks for the catch, Tobias. We have made a correction.

tobias haller

I think that should be Staten, not Long, Island, no? And rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, Staten Island is still part of New York City, and the Diocese of New York, which also includes seven counties to the north of the Bronx, where I live and move and have my being.

The Indaba team saw much of the diocese, from urban to suburban to rural, visiting many parishes from large to small. They were able to be at Bishop Roskam’s 15th Anniversary celebration at the Cathedral, but also to take part in worship and visit mission programs in far more modest surroundings! The goal of exposure to the breadth of the diocese was, I think, accomplished.

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