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50 TH Anniversary of the TORONTO ANGLICAN CONGRESS , ADDRESS BY THE MOST REVEREND IAN ERNEST ON THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL ANGLICANISM. WYCLIFFE COLLEGE, TORONTO, CANADA 18th September 2013 ( CONTINUED PART II ....)
 
MAUEN 130919-2
September 19, 2013

[Diocese of Mauritius - Indian Ocean] CONTINUED ....
5. Evangelism: Our fears must be overcome
Mission loses of its authenticity without Evangelism. This aspect cannot be marginalised in the life and the identity of the Church. It exists for all Christians, for every ministry and for every function within the Church. Even though Mission means more than just evangelism, mission without evangelism is incomplete. Too often, we have been shy and afraid to be faithful to the imperatives of the mandate from Jesus Christ. Our Anglican integrity demands that we hold ourselves accountable to our duty as Christians to declare our faith, “in season and out of season”. . The bringing in of new believers gives rise to new experiences and thus new gifts to the life of the Church. The Church, in return, is challenged to engage in theological reflection and public witness.
6. Catalyst for Inter-faith dialogue n an all embracing, multi-faith/cultural context
The example of Mauritius, in this context, is precious. It is a small nation, unheard of by many, with few natural resources. What it does have, however, is the deep-rooted respect of its inhabitants for a diversity of beliefs. There are occasional frictions and disgruntlements. However, for the past 45 years of independent life, the Mauritian nation has succeeded in embracing its internal differences, and using them as a force for development. In this, it has emulated no-one. The strength of this unity shows that it comes from humanity’s inherent thirst for one-ness. In the words of M.M Thomes, a lay theologian, “Mission is Humanisation” Do not believe those who say that people are meant for division. As man and wife are one, and as we are one with God, our Anglican Communion is our very strength.
Conclusion:
We are a people called by God to be his servants, his disciples. May he bless us as we embark on the reformation arising from the divine opportune moment which the present crisis offers us. May he guide us in our quest, illuminate our understanding and inspire our teaching for his honour and glory.
So, in ending I wish to refer to an address given by Robert Blair Kaiser on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council: “When Jesus addressed the multitude on that hillside overlooking the lake, he did not enlighten their minds by reading them the Ten Commandments. He enkindled their hearts by telling them what would make them happy. They set a new style of thinking about ourselves as followers of the guy who told us how we could have life and have it more abundantly.”
We surely cannot tell how God will use the Anglican Communion in the years ahead but what we know is that we can be confident that “God cares” and he only asks of us that we live out what we pray:
“Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
All over the earth
As it is surely done in heaven”