Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Reflections on Bishop Herbert Thompson

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Reflections on Bishop Herbert Thompson

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Over our more than twenty-five year friendship. Bishop Thompson and I had many disagreements about where the Episcopal Church was headed. But the one thing we always agreed upon was the importance of unity and the need to step beyond the limits our comfort zones to assure it. As Bishop of Southern Ohio, he forged connections with all parts of the Anglican Communion, undertaking his own version of shuttle diplomacy. When his son, the Reverend Owen C. Thompson, became Rector of Trinity-St. John's Episcopal Church in Hewlett, New York, Bishop Thompson presented him until the framed symbol of the Anglican Communion, the Compass Rose. He asked Owen to share in the unity of the Communion and to become active in the Afro-Anglican movement. He was planting a seed for the future.

Bishop Thompson served as a Patron of the Second International Conference on Afro-Anglicanism held in 1995 in Cape Town. When he opened the Conference in Cape Town on behalf of the Patrons, his speech carried his familiar theme of the importance of unity, especially among people of the African Diaspora. As Patron, he used his considerable influence with the Trustees of the Proctor Fund to help with funding for planning costs and travel. Both his commitment and financial support continued with respect to the Toronto Conference. …

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