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A member of the Anglican Consultative Council from the Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America – the Anglican Church in Central America – Jeroham Melendez, comments on last month’s Latin American and Caribbean Partnership Gathering at Trinity Church, Wall Street.
Trinity Church Wall Street’s Latin American and Caribbean Partnership Gathering 2018 took place last month. The meeting gathered more than 130 people in delegations from more than 20 countries in the region and also included representatives from the US, Canada, Portugal, and Spain.
The purpose of these meetings is to share experiences, projects, and examples that allow the churches of the region to support their mission work through the development of leadership and financial capacity. This is one of the priorities of Trinity Church Wall Street and it explains very well the core values that drive its mission, and that in the words of its Rector, Dr William Lupfer, are an interpretation of our baptismal covenant in a broader language with which diverse sectors can be identified and join our mission work, because in this way we can transform our faith in action in our neighbourhoods and in the world.
An example of this was the opportunity for the attendees to stand in solidarity with the Brazilian delegation who closely followed the political electoral process that was taking place concurrently with the event and that included multiple very emotional prayer spaces. A similar case occurred with the Central Americans and the caravan of Honduran migrants heading to the US. This allows us to reaffirm our faith, In Christ, there are no barriers
These types of meetings give us the opportunity to know about the experiences, the successes, and challenges that we face when we develop missionary work in different realities of the Anglican Communion, but above all to refine our hearing to hear the voice of God that calls us to maintain a living and real relationship with him, because the biggest challenge starts with each individual and that was reminded by a sister in one of the presentations, when she stated the phrase of Jaroslav Pelikan:
“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living”.
Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), November 19, 2018