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Standing Committee receives continuing indaba report

Standing Committee receives continuing indaba report

The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion is meeting in London. The most encouraging part of the initial report from the meeting deals with the “continuing indaba” initiative:

Canon Dr Phil Groves, Director for Continuing Indaba, presented an update on the project.

He said that Archbishop Welby’s focus on reconciliation had added fresh impetus to the initiative adding, “I think we have an interesting future ahead”. He said the vision of the Communion as a “place of reconciled reconcilers” remained and told the committee that a guide to implementing the principles of Indaba, as well as a new website www.continuingindaba.com had been produced in 2013/4. A further publication, Living Reconciliation, will be published in September this year, gathering together theological resources from the project’s pilot programme and reflecting on reconciliation.

Canon Groves said that principles of Indaba were being taking up in a many parts of the Communion including Kenya, the USA, and England. He said, “The Indaba journey is growing and developing, we’re providing process resources, and theological resources, and we’re getting them out into the hands of Anglicans who are changing their world.”

Archbishop Daniel Deng (Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan) noted the need for internal reconciliation and highlighted a need for a conversation with the GAFCON* group. Canon Groves thanked the Primate for his comments and noted that several theological advisors to the GAFCON group had contributed material to the Living Reconciliation book.

I’m glad to see this work flourishing.

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