Habemus Altare

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, presided and Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, primate of the Church of Burundi, delivered a homily on St. Barnabas. He focused on his early discipleship among Jews in Jerusalem and his role in bringing St. Paul to Antioch to join the broader missionary journey among the Gentiles.

Archbishop Ntahoturi reminded congregants, “If you want to go fast, you go alone. But if want to go far, you go with others.”

Attending the dialogue for the second time, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Sarfo, bishop of the diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, was very positive about the meeting. “It was so wonderful,” he said. “We really opened up and discussed issues concerning mission and what will bring the Anglican Communion together.”

Conceding that at the previous meeting in Dar Es Salaam the bishops were not sufficiently open, Sarfo said that “this time we really understood where others were coming from.” The dialogue left him feeling very hopeful about the future of Anglican unity. “The communion is a gift from God. It is a treasure. We cannot divide it. We should treasure it even though we may have our differences.”

Diana Swift, “Anglican communion ‘a gift from God’
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