Companion diocese relationships pair Canadian dioceses and other dioceses in the Anglican Communion to:
- Encourage and pray for one another
- Learn and share each other’s joys and concerns
- Participate in face-to-face, spiritual, and material exchanges.
Covenanted diocesan companionships are good examples of how prayer, people, visits, material resources, and funds enable and sustain relationships over time for local mission with Anglicans in other countries. Global Relations assists dioceses seeking to begin or strengthen companion relationships by suggesting potential global contacts, and offering worship and covenant resources. Global Relations can also assist with information and opportunities for learning about intercultural faith experiences, leading parish mission and pilgrimage groups, and how best to send funds abroad.
“Companions walk together, side by side. They share their experiences and their visions. They support each other in their mission and rejoice in all that God has created. They are enriched and transformed by the mutual appreciation of their gifts. Now each has more to give, and may continue to receive from new companions in an ongoing journey of faith. “
A Consultation on Companion Diocese Relations took place from May 14-17, 2015 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania at the invitation of Primates Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi and Fred Hiltz of Canada. The meeting brought together 29 participants from 11 dioceses in Africa and Canada to share testimonies about mission in their respective dioceses, develop companion relationships and identify opportunities for future collaboration.