A New Jerusalem Statement – Towards Anglican Unity in Mission

Link Bishops commit to partnership in the


last updated on: 5th May 2015

Link Bishops commit to partnership in the Gospel

Anglican Links Bishops commit to developing partnership in the Gospel

Between April 27th and May 3rd 2015 the Bishops of Kiteto, Leicester,

Mount Kilimanjaro, Trichy and Wyoming and clerical colleagues have

been meeting in Jerusalem looking to develop further the existing links.

In so doing the bishops are consciously seeking to model difference

without division within the Anglican Communion. The bishops are

committed to work and witness together and refuse to allow

(potentially distracting) differences to eclipse their primary

unity of faith in Jesus Christ and their common mission and

ministry in His Holy name. Further to the conversations the

five bishops agreed a number of

affirmations, commitments and resolutions which can be found here.


A very different ‘Jerusalem Statement’; deriving from a Jerusalem

Meeting of Anglican Mission Partners in the Gospel who are not seeking

division – on grounds of cultural difference – but rather intent on an

‘indaba’-type ongoing seeking for mutual flourishing in an Anglican

Communion willing to acknowledge the congruent mission of Jesus

Christ in different contexts.

How refreshing this is, and how different from the Gafcon-style

confrontational attempt to undermine the Gospel initiatives of

other Provinces that seek to set people free from their institutional

prejudices and tendencies to reinforce injustice on gender & sexuality


Here is a small but very welcome instance of  across-the-gaps

co-operation between parts of the Church, which, despite their

vastly different contexts, are determined to foster communal

interest in furthering the work of the gospel, on the basis of a

willingness to dialogue, to listen to one another, and to learn

from one another.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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