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The INDABA process started at LAMBETH 2008 where BISHOP ROGER CHUNG JAOMALAZA was present and active , continues its process.. and the HONG KONG ANGLICAN CHURCH tackles it with a CHINESE PROVERB...“Don’t speak quickly – listen and think first”...HE WHO HAS EARS , LET HIM LISTEN.
August 3, 2010

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] Anglican Communion News Service - Digest News

Chinese wisdom helps guide thinking about Anglican project to strengthen the Communion
Posted On : July 19, 2010 4:50 PM | Posted By : Webmaster
Related Categories: ACO - Indaba

Chinese proverbs offered a Hong Kong-based group some helpful insights into ways Anglicans might best talk and work through their differences.

The group of lay and ordained men and women from the dioceses of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui met as a Resource Hub of the Communion project Continuing Indaba. The range of proverbs they considered included such injunctions as “Don’t speak quickly – listen and think first”.

“Insights from Chinese wisdom included the need to avoid labelling of others,” explained the group convener Revd Samson Fan, “and also the importance of mutual respect and finding common ground”.

The group, that comprised theologians, lawyers, a headmaster and a politician, continually returned to the core Chinese value of harmony. "It was explained to us that the Chinese character for harmony - 和 - is a combination of 'rice' and 'mouth'," said Canon Phil Groves Continuing Indaba project director

"The group emphasised that harmony is generated by eating together and that it creates the context for peace 安, which is the only context for prosperity. The group noted the parallels with the Eucharist where eating and drinking symbolise harmony with Christ and with one another."

The group, which met in early July, has since set up a Facebook Group to continue their work to produce theological resources and reflections on the theme of Indaba. They are also reviewing materials already presented by African theologians. All of these materials will be combined with insights from the Bible and Christian tradition from elsewhere in the Communion to develop further resources for mutual listening for the sake of mission.

The group, facilitated by CMS Asia director Kang-Sang Tan, was convened by Revd Fan at the request of the Most Revd Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui & Bishop of Hong Kong Island.


For more information visit www.anglicancommunion.org/ministry/continuingindaba/ or contact Mr Jan Butter atjan.butter@anglicancommunion.org

Notes to Editors

* Continuing Indaba is a project focusing on developing the relational bonds of affection in the Anglican Communion. Its aim is to make real a common bond of working in mission as equal partners in the Gospel. The use of the term ‘Indaba’ indicates a desire to use non-Western models of working and ‘continuing’ indicates an unfinished task.
* The Anglican Communion Office serves the Anglican Communion, comprising around 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches around the globe in more than 160 countries. http://www.anglicancommunion.org/

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