International Anglican think–tank visits CITI
Added on Thursday 4th October 2012
The members of the Inter–Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) recently visited the Church of Ireland Theological at the invitation of the Bishop of Meath, Dr Richard Clarke, who is the institute’s visitor and chair of the Church of Ireland Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue.
The international commission, chaired by Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi, was holding a residential meeting in Dublin to prepare a report for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC–15) in Auckland, New Zealand, later this month [October 2012]. The principal of CITI, the Revd Dr Maurice Elliott, is one of the Church of Ireland representatives at ACC–15.
At their meeting, the commission members reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation. They were welcomed to CITI by the Lecturer in Anglicanism and Liturgy, Canon Patrick Comerford.
During their visit to Dublin, they met at the Emmaus Centre in Swords, joined in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral, attended evensong at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, met Archbishop Michael Jackson, Visited the Chester Beatty Museum, the library in Trinity College Dublin, and the ancient monastic city of Glendalough, and were hosted at a dinner at the CITI.
The IASCUFO members who visited CITI was truly international, drawn from Australia, Burundi, Canada, Central Africa, DR Congo, the Church of England, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, North India, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, the US, the West Indies, and the World Council of Churches.
Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi of Burndi Canon Dr Alyson Barnett–Cowan, secretary of IASCUFO, and Bishop Richard Clarke of Meath at the meeting in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)