Anglican Colleges, Universities Group to Meet in Toronto: International Conference to Bring Church, Academic Leaders Together

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Organizers in 20 nations are busy planning the Third International Conference of Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, to take place at the University of Toronto's Trinity College Aug. 4-9.

The conference is expected to attract some 100 administrators, chaplains, bishops, faculty, students and directors of the Anglican Church to explore a host of themes and concerns. The conference will build on the successes of two previous gatherings, says Canon John C. Powers, general secretary of the New York-based Association of Episcopal Colleges, the U.S. arm of the association.

The first conference was held in Canterbury, England, in 1993, and drew 40 institutions. The second was held at St. Stephen's College in Dehli, India in 1997 and attracted 60 organizations.

The organization comprises 116 degree-granting colleges and universities in 20 countries. Eight are in Canada: Bishop's University, Lennoxville, Que.; Canterbury College, Windsor, Ont.; Huron College, London, Ont.; Renison College, Waterloo, Ont.; St. John's College, Winnipeg; Thorneloe University, Sudbury, Ont.; Trinity College, Toronto; and the University of King's College, Halifax.

Canon Powers says the umbrella organization has refined its mission along four main themes: to promote faculty exchanges; to provide opportunities for intercultural student exchanges, in which students undertake community service in addition to class time; to assist member colleges as they seek to understand and live out their Anglican heritage; and to explore new avenues for institutions to develop and share resources. …