Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primates 'One Part of the Body of Christ, Not the Whole'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primates 'One Part of the Body of Christ, Not the Whole'

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I agree that the 2016 Primates' Meeting was a success, thanks to the life and witness of Jean Vanier.

Vanier told the Community of St. Anslem to trust themselves, listen to their inner voice and use it to provide a compass to make us more in tune with the things of God. He manifested the spirit of servant-hood in the washing of feet that led the primates to do the same for one other.

Clearly, the Holy Spirit was present in Canterbury that week. What remains to be seen is whether that same Spirit can lead the primates toward true mutual accountability and interdependence, and not compliance shrouded as doctrinal consistency.

For the primates, a number of observations: you are servants; you cannot speak for the entire church. Your meeting was initiated by Archbishop Donald Coggan in 1978 for leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation. We pray you will remember you are one part of the body of Christ and not the whole.

The communique speaks of deep pain throughout the Communion. …

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