The Continuing Indaba project sponsored by the Archbishop of Canterbury and endorsed by the Anglican Consultative Council has launched its new presence on the World Wide Web at www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/continuingindaba
The arrival of Continuing Indaba on the Internet as part of the Anglican Communion web site makes visible the preparatory work already in hand for the series of pilot conversations between dioceses from different parts of the Communion to take place during 2010 and 2011.
Visitors to the new site will find an outline of the project,, which explains its origins as located within an African conversational method for resolving real or potential conflict through mutual listening and debate. The process emerges from the Indaba-style format used at the 2008 Lambeth Conference which is now being expanded to enhance the world-wide Anglican Communion in its quest to intensify relationships in the cause of shared mission.
These pages carry news of the initial series of ‘hub’ meetings around the world during late 2009 and early 2010 whose remit is to develop resources which can guide and inform the model conversations between participants from dioceses from across the world.
There is also a growing library of the resource papers generated from and through the ‘hubs’ in order to make them as widely available as possible for those wishing to follow the development of the Continuing Indaba conversations planned for 2010 and 2011. This library will expand and grow as the project develops in the hope that a growing and continuous process of conversation will be ignited throughout the Anglican Communion.
It is intended that the Continuing Indaba web presence will carry reports from each stage of the project and specifically from each of the pilot conversations as they are planned and take place. It will become a universally-accessible resource, not only for those participating or taking an interest in the programme of events planned for the next two years, but also for those who may be inspired by the project to embark on their own journeys of conversation across the Communion, and who may in turn be able to contribute their own resources and stories to the site.
Continuing Indaba Project Director the Revd Canon Dr Phil Groves said, “Continuing Indaba seeks to draw upon biblical models of engaging in conversation across difference and upon a diversity of cultural insights to energise local and global mission. It aims to restore trust so we can listen to one another and the insights we bring so that Christ can be made known. Our new web presence is an invaluable tool because it gives to this project a virtual meeting place complete with notice boards, news bulletins and a library, open 24 hours a day to anyone online anywhere in the world. Best of all, for many interested people it is making Continuing Indaba visible for the first time, showing what has already been done and what’s going to happen next.”
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says “I believe Continuing Indaba will enable us to hear one another on numerous issues which may confront and challenge us in our global communion.”
For more information about Continuing Indaba, please contact Jan Butter on 07889400899 or firstname.lastname@example.org