Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hutchison Embraces Church's Diverse Cultures

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hutchison Embraces Church's Diverse Cultures

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FLUENTLY bilingual in French and English, with a smattering of German, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison said the "requirements of the primate's job will vary as the contexts vary." With a great interest in the theological theme of reconciliation, he notes that it will be a "very important aspect of the (next) primacy." Canada has "very diverse cultures within this church," he said. Consecrated a bishop in 1990, he went to Montreal "to take up a ministry of reconciliation between French and English" and he adds that he sees himself as having a sensitivity to the politics of a particular situation.

He has also worked toward Christian-Jewish dialogue and in 1999 was awarded the Jerusalem Prize by the Canadian Zionist Federation for his opposition to the use of the Good Friday collect. It is seen as offensive because of its reference to Jews as "lost sheep." He also was given the Alan Rose Award for human rights by the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Nomination for the primacy is "nothing I've been looking for" and since he is just five years from the mandatory retirement age, his primacy would be short-term. In five years, a number of things may be resolved, he said. "There may be some clarity about adequate episcopal oversight. Also, this General Synod will have set the agenda (for the next three years) based upon a new framework" he noted. The national church's framework, or strategic plan, also contains a fundraising plan that would provide such "much needed" services as stewardship and development to parishes and dioceses, he said. …

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