Bishops issue several statements of solidarity.Canterbury, England
While much attention has been given to how the world's Anglican bishops have sought ways of mending relationships fractured by deep divisions over homosexuality, there were a host of other life and death global issues that preoccupied them.
The conference ended with a 42-page document, entitled Lambeth Indaba in·da·ba
A council or meeting of indigenous peoples of southern Africa to discuss an important matter.
[Zulu ín-dàbà, affair, topic for discussion, conference : ín-, n. pref. , Capturing Conversations and Reflections which they called a "narrative" that seeks to "describe our lived experiences and the open and honest discussions we have had together."
In it, aside from addressing issues around human sexuality This article is about human sexual perceptions. For information about sexual activities and practices, see Human sexual behavior.
Generally speaking, human sexuality is how people experience and express themselves as sexual beings. and unity, the bishops expressed their views on ecumenism ecumenism
Movement toward unity or cooperation among the Christian churches. The first major step in the direction of ecumenism was the International Missionary Conference of 1910, a gathering of Protestants. , human and social justice, the environment, relations with other world religions, strengthening Anglican identity, and issued statements of solidarity to people around the world who are in situations of conflict.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (referred to in older documents as the Primate of All Canada) is elected by the General Synod of the Church from among a list of five bishops nominated by the House of Bishops. , said that the conference had, as a whole, been "consistent" with the theme of equipping bishops as leaders in mission. "The mission of the church in the world was a really major focus, particularly in the first half of the conference," he said in an interview with the Anglican Journal. "We talked about everything from evangelism to our work with other churches to things like the Millennium Development Goals “MDG” redirects here. For other uses, see MDG (disambiguation).
The Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that 192 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. ." On the environment, the bishops noted that the stories that they have shared with one another "give a picture of a global crisis." They noted that environment is "the top priority for some provinces and must be a high priority for all of us." In developing countries and among indigenous peoples, notably the Arctic, "safeguarding creation is a day to day activity, not an intellectual exercise."
Bishops of the Anglican Communion "should take a leading role by example, modeling a simpler lifestyle, using a carbon offset for meeting travel, or traveling less," the Reflections document said.
Addressing human and social justice issues, the bishops said that "the violence meted out to women and children within the body of Christ
The Body of Christ is a term used by Christians to describe believers in Christ. Jesus Christ is seen as the "head" of the body, which is the church. is violence done to the body of Christ." They reiterated their commitment to push governments to meet their commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals, including halving poverty by 2015.
On ecumenism, the bishops reaffirmed the Communion's commitment to "the full visible unity of the church," and noted that this "strong desire" received "physical expression" at this conference.
The statements of solidarity include:
* A call for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe "to stop harassing the bishops and the faithful of our church."
* A "strong support" for bishops who are working in "extreme and trying conditions" in Africa, including those who address "dehumanizing conditions" in Sudan, xenophobic xen·o·phobe
A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
xen violence in South Africa and conflict in Zimbabwe.
* An expression of support for the reunification re·u·ni·fy
tr.v. re·u·ni·fied, re·u·ni·fy·ing, re·u·ni·fies
To cause (a group, party, state, or sect) to become unified again after being divided. of the Korean peninsula for establishing permanent peace in North East Asia, and for Nippon Sei Ko Kai The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Japanese: 日本聖公会, Nippon Seikōkai, "Japanese Holy Catholic Church"), abbreviated as NSKK, or the Anglican Church in Japan (The Anglican Communion in Japan), "which is leading a peace movement for protecting the Peace Constitution for settlement of peace in Northeast Asia."
* Support for Australia's indigenous peoples, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Torres Strait Islanders are the indigenous people of the Torres Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia. They are Melanesians culturally akin to the coastal peoples of Papua New Guinea. . "We applaud the apology made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and acknowledge that the journey towards reconciliation has only just begun, particularly in relation to remote aboriginal communities in Australia."
MARITES N. SISON