Anglican Communion Secretary-General visits Diocese of Exeter
Archbishop Josiah Idowu Fearon, Anglican Communion Secretary-General, addressed the theme; Renewing the church: lessons from global Anglicanism, at an event hosted by the Diocese of Exeter and the South West Ministry Training Scheme.
Archbishop Josiah took the opportunity to speak of the nature of the Anglican Communion – noting that the Communion is a group of thirty-nine autonomous churches and six extra-provincial dioceses, acknowledging the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury as spiritual head. He noted that many in the Church of England do not know they are part of the Anglican Communion. He challenged those in the room to become more aware of the Communion’s life – a way of being that was at the same time worldwide in perspective yet able to affect how individual lives are lived.
The Five Marks of Mission have proved to be significant in giving cohesion and identity to the life, witness and mission of Anglican churches worldwide.
Noting the imminent visit to Exeter of companion links friends from the Diocese of Thika (Kenya) and from the Diocese of Cyprus & the Gulf, Archbishop Josiah highlighted the increasing significance of companion diocese relationships in the life of the Anglican Communion. He anticipated that such relationships would be further strengthened following the 2020 Lambeth Conference.