Magazine article Anglican Journal

Problems Pale in Comparison

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Problems Pale in Comparison

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Canterbury

"We think we have problems in Canada - we don't have problems," said Bishop Charlie Arthurson with a wry smile. "Listening to (African) bishops and their problems of persecution and hunger" put life in Canada in perspective for the first Native Canadian to be made a bishop in the Anglican Church.

Bishop Arthurson was not minimizing the problems of life he sees on a regular basis. As suffragan bishop of Saskatchewan, Bishop Arthurson spends most of his time ministering among Native communities in the northern part of the province - places where, by Canadian standards, life can be difficult.

But the stories he heard in small Bible study groups and just walking across the University of Kent campus helped him see life from a different perspective.

He said the Lambeth Conference provided him an opportunity to experience the variety of the communion in a common framework.

He said it was a powerful experience meeting "so many bishops coming from different parts of the world with their different languages. …

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