“It was one of the most moving, one of the most important and one of the best meetings of any kind that I have had the privilege and opportunity to attend throughout my ordained ministry.”
In a new film the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, reflects on the recent meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury.
Its discussions, he said, focussed on the challenges facing churches across the Communion, most notably food insecurity, Christian persecution, the refugee crisis and the impact of climate change. Rather than the anticipated controversy over same-sex marriage, Archbishop John said the “sense of a family from around the world, seeking as best it can to witness to the Kingdom of God was very tangible and very moving indeed.”
Emphasising this, the Archbishop added that those discussions about same-sex relationships which took place, did so without acrimony, in an honest and respectful atmosphere, with those who disagreed with others listening in good faith and fellowship.
He added, “The meeting was rooted in the daily round of worship at Canterbury Cathedral and that helped people understand that they were part of a family in a rich heritage that could sit around a table in loving fellowship, even having difficult conversations, and that is something I will take away with me and hold in my mind for a very long time.”
The Primates Meeting 2017 took place in October.