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Bishop Chung Represents Global South at Canterbury Conference
 
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June 16, 2006

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The Bishop of Antsiranana, the Rt Rev Roger Chung Po Chuen was invited to participate at the Clergy Conference in Diocese of Canterbury which was held at the University of Guildford in Surrey from 12th to 14th June 2006. The theme of the Conference was "GROWING WITH GOD... RENEWED IN HOPE AND VISION." The Diocese of Canterbury is linked with the Anglican Church in Madagascar, the Eklesia Episkopaly of Madagascar and Bishop Roger Chung represented the Global South at this Diocesan event.

On Monday 12th June, Prof.Grace Davie gave the profoundly intense keynote address entitled "from obligation to consumption". Bishop Roger Chung was interviewed by the Rt Rev Graham Cray on his cross cultural Episcopal ministry in Madagascar and especially on the Cell Church initiated in his former Church at St Paul's church in Mauritius. The growing work of Mission and Evangelisation taking place in Madagascar was also shared, especially the building of the new Cathedral in Antsiranana. The day was crowned with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, chairing the dialogue session with Leaders from the Jewish and Muslim Communities. This session was marked with a special touch from the Wise Rabbi Jonathan who made moving challenging comments on a more caring, loving and creative relationship between nations of the world. He mentioned the presence of Isaac and Ishmael who were both present at the burial of Abraham as another important reading of the sons of Abraham relationship in the book of Genesis.

Canon Nicholas Sagovsky from Westminster Abbey gave an address on "Hope and the Kingdom of God". He stressed the need to be a people of response in a culture of blame. He also made reference to the Da Vinci Code book, a hopeless book where the author misled the people by introducing his book as accurate when they were not. Canon Peter Atkinson of Chichester Cathedral gave deep insights during his Bible studies on the 4th chapter of the letter to Ephesians.

The final sessions included a session with the County Partners, where a face to face interaction took place and thorny issues of the South East region were raised with the relevant representative concerned. A renewed presence of the Church was encouraged in the post modern society and greater commitment of the Christian Witness was encouraged. The Conference closing Eucharist was presided by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop Stephen Venner gave the encouraging address for a renewed Church committed to Mission and serving faithfully the people of God.

Students of King's School were able to hear the songs of Madagascar when Bishop Roger visited the Students with Rev Fred Arvidsson Senior Chaplain of the School.

Bishop Roger preached in St Mary the Virgin in Ashford whose rector is the Rev Colin Preece and also at St Mary Bredin and will be preaching in Rugby in Rev Oliver Simon's Church. The Ruth Project embroidery fabrics were shared in the Diocese and great appreciation and encouragement was received for the women of Madagascar.