We have just completed our first trial course on receptive ecumenism which was fully booked at 16 with a number of people turned away. I am pleased to say that the evaluation sheets showed a mostly “excellent / outstanding” value rating with a few “very good/ lot of value”, but no “satisfactory” scores or below (“adequate”, “poor”).
Because of this feedback from senior clergy and laypeople from around the Anglican Communion, we feel encouraged to try this course again next year. A feature which helped was the addition of Assisi-based receptive ecumenism experience and also the Global Freedom Network input , including nuns from the field in anti -human trafficking and slavery missions.
It is clear that people are seeking what receptive ecumenism offers: a way of different traditions sharing in the mission we are called to , together, in the midst of our vulnerabilities and limitations. No one of us has got it all together. How can we learn from each other about the riches of the diverse strengths and gifts of the body of Christ? We do not ask how can we share our strengths to show the other what we can offer, but how, in our weakness can we be strengthened by the other and learn from the other as we share and listen together, to become stronger at the weak points? These are healing gifts for wounded hands, in the name of the God whose strength is made perfect in weakness. This is not huddling together in the cold, but a vision of the truth that none of us is as strong as all of us.
Keep an eye out for this course next year.
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