The Rt. Rev. Probal Kanto Dutta, Bishop of the Diocese of Durgapur in the Church of North India, reflects on the struggle for equal rights for Dalits and Tribals in The Church of North India.
There is a conspiracy of silence against the majority population in India, the Dalits and the Tribals, who in various ways have been left aside. This has resulted in apathy that alienates these groups and virtually eradicates them from the consciousness of the wider society. This paper presents an understanding of Tribals and Dalits and their present status in the Indian context. Read more
In examining the relationships of the Apostle Paul to the congregations in Rome and Philippi, the Rev. Canon Phil Groves elucidates some key elements of a partnership. His assertion is that most inter-Communion relationships were begun in a donor/receiver or superior/subordinate definition. This, he argues, is neither biblical nor healthy and the members of the Communion should follow Paul’s lead in Philippi.
The Rev. Canon Kwikima gives an analysis of the effects of tribalism and the power struggles they engender in the Anglican Church of Tanzania. Giving specific examples she shows that such power struggles have the effect of “sowing…fruits…of hostility, hatred, cruelty and hypocrisy” in the dioceses and congregations of the ACT. Applying the same principles to the wider Anglican Communion Rev. Kwikima warns that the struggle for power of one province over another will lead to the same ill effects worldwide. Read more
Rev Janet Trisk is Rector of the parish of St David, Prestbury in Pietermaritzburg, Diocese of Natal, South Africa
Introduction: The Church and Power
Douglas John Hall in his book, The Cross in Our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World argues that triumphalism, which presents itself as a “full and complete account of reality” and which excludes the possibility of error or difference of opinion, is a characteristic of the church in our time. He contrasts this with the theology of the cross, first fully articulated by Luther, but more recently explored by Jurgen Moltmann in his, The Crucified God.