Exeter hosts groups of Anglicans from ‘twin’ dioceses in Africa and the Middle East
A top-level delegation of 15 Anglicans from Kenya, Cyprus and the Middle East are visiting Exeter this week. They are being hosted by members of the Church of England in Devon.
The visitors are being led by the Rt Revd Julius Wanyoike, Bishop of Thika, in Kenya, and The Rt Revd Michael Lewis, who is Bishop of Cyprus and The Gulf. The host delegation is being led by the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter.
The three dioceses have been committed to a three-way partnership for some years in order to learn from one another and share their experiences of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.
Over the week the visitors will go to Exeter, Plymouth, Lee Abbey and Bratton Fleming in north Devon, Starcross and Exmouth.
They have a packed programme. Among the topics they will consider are ministry among those affected by loneliness, dementia and bereavement in their different cultures; and responding to refugees, migrants and transient populations. There will also be a symposium on preparing people for ministry and discipleship.
Bishop Robert said: “It is incredibly rewarding to spend time with friends who share the same vision and often similar challenges, but in very different places. Hearing how others respond in a different context to similar challenges is a powerful experience. It helps us to think outside the box and to reflect how we do things at home so that we can serve the people of Devon with joy in a more creative way.”
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