Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canadians 'Do Not Leave the Table'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Canadians 'Do Not Leave the Table'

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Niagara Falls, Ont.

The Anglican Church of Canada is "committed to walking together" with the rest of the Anglican Communion, two pastoral visitors commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury have declared.

The visitors were charged with listening and observing the Nov. 2 to 6 meeting of the House of Bishops to determine the state of the Canadian church arising over the issue of human sexuality. "What aptly describes you to me is that Canadians do not leave the table," the bishop of Harare, Chad Gandiya, told members of the House. "There's a spirit of accommodation, of wanting to create space for all." The retired bishop of Coventry, Colin Benetts, said the working relationship among members of the House of Bishops was impressive. However, he warned a collegial workstyle can have its drawbacks, including not delving far enough into issues when disagreement creates tension. "That is a possible danger that needs to be watched out for."

Both visitors noted how well the Anglican and Lutheran bishops, who had conducted their meeting jointly, worked and worshipped together. …

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