All human relationships can be affected by an unbalanced distribution, even if the imbalance is only a perceived imbalance, of power. This holds true whether one is referring to relationships between individuals or those of organizations or institutions. Read more
While Indaba principles and its processes are intended to assist in a meaningful discussion between opposing viewpoints concerning any subject of importance, there are some issues currently facing the Anglican Communion and its provinces that seem to be taking the limelight. Read more
Indaba, it’s a Zulu word that was made the “word of the day” during and after the Lambeth Conference of 2008. But has the “average” Anglican/Episcopalian even begun to understand what it is? Indaba is a community process in which important community issues are discussed with the aim to help community life thrive rather than to solve issues. Read more
The Episcopal Church’s [TEC] website proudly proclaims. “The Episcopal Church is a member province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.” Likewise, the Nippon Sei Ko Kai [日本聖公会 — “Japanese Holy Catholic Church”] describes itself as “The Anglican Communion in Japan.” But what does it mean to be the Anglican Communion? What are the bonds that hold us together? Read more
Genuine Christian living is always transcultural. In Christ, Jew and Gentile are called upon to eat together breaking centuries of division and hostility. Andrew Walls points out that the letter to the Ephesians ‘is a celebration of the union of irreconcilable entities, the breaking down of the wall of partition, brought about by Christ’s death (Eph. 2:13-18).’ Read more
We all read Scripture, but we don’t all understand it in the same way. Our context has an impact on the way we read and interpret Scripture. The structures of our families, whether we are rich, poor, or somewhere in between, and if we come from places where there are separations in society based on class; all of these things, and many more, affect our relationship with the Bible. Read more
Christian partnership did not then mean that the partners, although united in their missionary goals, were always in accord on how they were to carry out this mission – witness the disagreement between Peter and Paul in Galatians 2. Rather they were asked to face each other, and the roots of their disagreement and agreement, so openly that both could go forward in mutual love and respect into further creative activity. Read more
There is church because there is mission, not vice versa.
– David Bosch in Transforming Mission.
The Mission of God is the mission of the church. Bishop Michael Doe argues that this is true and quotes David Bosch as above. Even if that’s true, and I certainly wouldn’t argue against it, mission is still something the Church is meant to do. Read more
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.