Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Nevertheless'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Nevertheless'

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ONA Saturday morning in mid-September, I was seated with three other people, forming a panel at a meeting of the board of ATR (Anglican Theological Review), a quarterly publication well known for its articles, poetry and book reviews. We were invited to speak to the subject of "testing the bonds of affection" and to offer some reflections on the state of relations within and among the churches of the Anglican Communion.

While we acknowledged concerns about tensions over any number of matters and our grief over impaired relations between some churches, we noted the blessings of indaba--that manner of speaking and listening and learning from one another with far less rancour and much more patience. We heard first-hand testimony of the growth in understanding and respect among Canadian and African bishops who have been in dialogue for several years. We celebrated the many companion diocese relationships that have transcended--and in some cases transformed--relations across the Communion.

One of our panelists, Eugene Sutton, The Episcopal Church bishop of Maryland, said that he is I heartened every week by what he calls that great "nevertheless" moment in the liturgy. Knowing he had grabbed our attention, he paused, and with a twinkle in his eye leaned forward and said, "You know, that moment when we all say, 'We believe'":

"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty . …

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