Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hiltz Welcomes Proposed 'Mediated Conversation'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Hiltz Welcomes Proposed 'Mediated Conversation'

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Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he was "encouraged" by the proposal for a "professionally mediated conversation" involving North American churches at odds over the issue of sexuality and said he was prepared to be a part of it.

In a telephone interview at the end of the primates' meeting, held Feb. 1 to 5 in Alexandria, Egypt, Archbishop Hiltz also said that it appeared relationships among church leaders, which had been ruptured because of bitter divisions over the issue, were being repaired. "I think we're on the way toward healing within the communion," he said, describing the mood at the meeting as "generous and gracious."

Archbishop Hiltz said that, although he was disappointed that there had not been a "focused conversation" among primates involved in cross-border interventions right at the meeting, he was nonetheless "encouraged" that the primates chose to adopt a recommendation made by the Windsor Continuation Group for a mediated dialogue.

The primates agreed that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams should initiate a dialogue "which engages all parties at the earliest opportunity."

Archbishop Hiltz said he was "realistic enough to know that a mediated conversation will only be successfully initiated if everyone is committed to coming to the table at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. …

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