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July 19, 2012


Indaba – the way Anglicans talk with each other?

by Admin

At the recent session of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church (USA) I sponsored a resolution (D008) affirming continued participation in the Anglican Communion, in particular through the Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process.

The hope and promise is that Continuing Indaba will become “the way Anglicans talk with each other” in particular when it comes to strong differences of opinion or practice, but always with a view to allow the conversation to empower rather than to derail mission.

The transformative power of conversation across difference reflects the need for both structure and action in a healthy and living church or communion. If the “Instruments of Communion” are the structural elements, the “dry bones,” of the communion and its members, Continuing Indaba will help to provide the life-blood and breath that can revivify and revitalize the communion to action and service in mission. When Jesus described how it was that his disciples would be known, it was not by the splendor of their churches or the number of their congregants, by the beauty of their worship or the nobility of their ethics, but by the love they show to one another. Continuing Indaba is a means to demonstrate this love, in gospel-shaped conversation and engagement with one another, committed to serve the one who gave himself up for us, that we might be free.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG is a member of the Continuing Indaba Reference Group, appointed to provide input to and reflection on the shape and progress of the project. He was a resource person for his own Diocese of New York that participated in the pilot phase of the project, joining with dioceses from England and India. This pilot phase has concluded and Continuing Indaba is moving towards roll-out.

  1. Jul 23 2012

    Well done Tobias. Listening, really listening, is the path to understanding.

  2. Suzanne Lawson
    Jul 19 2012

    Maybe it’s not so much how we talk to each other as how we listen to each other or how we hear each other.

    • Thanks, Suzanne. I can’t recall who it was who first used that phrase, “talk with each other” (actually I think the original was something like “how the Communion talks to itself” but that seemed a little neurotic-sounding to me!) but I think you are spot on in observing the need for listening, as the full name of the C.I. suggests. There is an old saying in the Southern U.S. “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so listen twice as much as you talk.” Good advice! Thanks for your observation, and all blessings be yours,

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