Anglican bishops in dialogue offer testimony of grace

From February 24 to 27 2011, nineteen bishops of the Anglican Communion met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Provinces represented were: Botswana, Burundi, Canada, England, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Southern Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, and the United States. This meeting had its origins in the Lambeth Conference of 2008, at which some significant partnership relationships and commitment to further dialogue had been made.

In a context undergirded by worship, bishops shared testimonies from their partnership mission and dialogue work, and together visited local projects in education and community service. The group is grateful to the Primate of Tanzania, Archbishop Valentino Mokiwa, the MEA Foundation and St. Augustine’s Primary School for their warm welcome.

These bishops have been engaged in a process of patient and holy listening. Some diocesan partnerships have been involved in dialogue about human sexuality prior to the meeting and these continue. The present context of conflict in the wider Anglican Communion around issues of human sexuality has presented the opportunity to renew commitments to each other:  these Church leaders have chosen to turn to one another within the Body of Christ. The know one another to be and trust each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

The bishops reflected on the legacies of collusion in the slave trade, and encouraged the Communion to work on dialogue and reconciliation in relation to slavery. They also witnessed the positive impact of global Anglican partnership in visits with the MEA Foundation and St. Augustine’s diocesan primary school, meeting students, orphans, those in need of health care and those dying of AIDS. They mourn the impact of the economic crisis on these ministries, some of which will no longer exist after this year.

Commending the experience of such dialogue-in-partnership and encouraging other bishops to take on such initiatives, the bishops at Dar es Salaam offer a “Testimony of Grace” to the wider Church.

For further information, contact the bishops noted below, or Canon Isaac Kawuki Mukasa or the Rev’d Eileen Scullyfor further information.


The Rt. Rev’d Michael Bird, Niagara

The Rt. Rev’d George Bruce, Ontario

The Rt. Rev’d John Chapman, Ottawa

The Rt. Rev’d Garth Counsell, Cape Town

The Rt. Rev’d Terry Dance, Huron

The Rt. Rev’d Mary Gray-Reeves, El Camino Real

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Ingham, New Westminster

The Most Rev’d Colin Johnson, Toronto

The Rt. Rev’d Shannon Johnston, Virginia

The Rt. Rev’d Julius Kalu, Mombasa

The Rt. Rev’d Sixbert Macumi, Buye

The Rt. Rev’d Sadock Makaya, Western Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Mdimi Mhogolo, Central Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Gerard Mpango, Western Tanganyika

The Rt. Rev’d Musonda Mwamba, Botswana

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Perham, Gloucester

The Rt. Rev’d Anthony Poggo, Kajo Keji

The Rt. Rev’d Daniel Sarfo, Kumasi

The Rt. Rev’d James Tengatenga, Southern Malawi



The Rev’d Canon Dr. Isaac Kawuki Mukasa, Coordinator for Dialogue, Anglican Church of Canada

The Rev’d Dr. Eileen Scully, Interim Director of Faith, Worship and Ministry, Anglican Church of Canada

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