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This Continuing Indaba website aims to provide resources for Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide to live reconciliation by facing our own conflicts, celebrate our diversity and difference and so become agents of reconciliation in the world. The downloadable resource guides to the Indaba processes, available here, have been developed within the Anglican Communion over the past five years through theological consultation and reflection, pilot conversations and detailed evaluation of this growing experience.

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Archbishop of Canterbury commends Continuing Indaba

In his short video message commending Continuing Indaba, Archbishop Justin reflects on the miracle of the Anglican Communion that holds together in its diversity. As we learn to love each other more deeply we reveal to the world the love of Christ which binds us together and urges us on. He is clear that there are disagreements but it is how we deal our disagreements that matters, and Continuing Indaba helps us to express our disagreements in truth and love. Continuing Indaba is not a talking shop but a way of understanding different points of view and moving together as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Theological Reflections series

Continuing Indaba is underpinned by theological reflection. When the task of designing the Pilot Conversations began, reflection on the theological and cultural contexts of the conversations was instrumental in the work of cultural adoption and helped to transform the colonial history we share. The papers themselves are vital for a deepening understanding of Indaba, but the value of these papers goes far beyond this.For example, the pilot conversation between dioceses from Southern Africa, Ghana and Kenya would not have taken place without the writings from African theologians. The bishops, clergy and laity were able to grasp ownership of process through the trust generated by consultation with theologians from their own context. The theological resource hubs enabled genuine and equal participation in the process by people from diverse backgrounds. Our hope is that these papers, together with shorter reflections on Scripture, conflict, culture and Indaba will continue to resource those engaged in Indaba processes.

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About

The aim of Continuing Indaba is to enable Anglicans worldwide to live reconciliation by facing our own conflicts, celebrate our diversity and difference and so become agents of God’s reconciling Mission in the world. It is an official ministry of the Anglican Communion.

What is Continuing Indaba?

The Bible says that we are called into communion with one another through our relationship with Christ (1 John 1:3). The community of the people of God was formed through journeys of exodus and exile. In the New Testament Jesus established his community by taking his followers on a journey.  Paul not only travelled to establish churches, he revisited them, and linked them together through fellow travellers. Paul’s communities faced their differences in order to be effective in mutual mission.

Journeys of conversation strengthened relationships for mission.

Indaba is a Zulu word describing a community process for discernment on matters of significance. Such processes are common throughout Africa, Asia, the Pacific islands and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Their aim is to further community life, not to solve issues.

Continuing Indaba uses journeys to establish relationships and build community so that genuine conversation on matters of significance can energise mission.

Participants on these journeys are encouraged to worship and read the Scriptures together as they encounter each others’ mission context. Their community then becomes a safe space in which the participants can enter into a facilitated conversation. Here they are able to face differences and to listen to one another, and most importantly to listen to God together.

The aim is to enable one another to be faithful followers of Christ and to find how all can participate in mutual mission.

Development

The model was developed in consultation with theologians from Africa, Asia, North America, the West Indies and the UK. They gathered in nine hubs to reflect on the Scriptures and on processes of decision making in their own cultures. They then produced written material to guide the development of Continuing Indaba.

The resulting process was tested and refined in four Pilot Conversations, each one between three dioceses. Evaluation of the Pilot Conversations found that the Indaba method and experience is worthwhile because it strengthens understanding and supports mutual mission.

The Indaba process also encourages genuine conversation across differences. It seeks to build trust and models a way of decision-making that is not confrontational or ‘parliamentary’, rather it emphasises mutual and intense listening to deeply held opinions and a willingness to dig deeper in order to find the shared values that lie at the root of our common faith.

Archbishop Paul Kwong – Primate, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui

Find out more

You can read more about the Pilot Conversations phase by download the Celebrating a Journey report here

You can read more about the mandate for Continuing Indaba here

If you’d like to read more about the context for Continuing Indaba in the Anglican Communion you can read an article by Very Rev’d Dr Jonathan Draper here.

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