The International Reformed–Anglican Dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Anglican Communion met for the third time in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 31 August to 7 September 2017.
Areas explored included the essence of koinonia, scriptural and historic testimony to its character, how communion is lived and responded to, as well as identifying and critically engaging with diversity in the church and the wider world. A drafting group has been tasked for the next stage of the group’s work.
This series of bilateral discussions is the first that the Anglican and Reformed communions have had globally since 1984, when the report God’s Reign and Our Unity was released. In 2011, dialogue was initiated to study the nature of communion (koinonia) and the pressing issues which emerge for both communions out of such reflection. During this third meeting, the group deepened its exploration of communion as an unbreakable gift and calling within the context of their diverse world communions.
The South African context offered a profoundly influential focus for the group’s reflection as it heard of the churches’ roles during the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.
The next WCRC-Anglican dialogue will take place at the end of August 2018.
For full details of the dialogue, see the WCRC website.