Members represent every region of the Anglican Communion and are brought together for their expertise and experience in key thematic areas, including disaster risk reduction, good governance, and advocacy initiatives.
The Council has gathered to find out more about the work of the Anglican Alliance and discuss its mandate and strategy, looking at regional priorities as well as crosscutting global themes, and overarching issues such as regional representation and engaging grassroots communities.
As the members gathered for their first morning, Desmond Cox, who was involved in the first discussions in the formation of the Anglican Alliance, said:
“It is an honour to see the Anglican Alliance maturing in this way, and to see the vision that was expressed in 2009 be realised– where the development, relief and advocacy work of the Anglican Communion comes together and has a platform for sharing and learning, and where this work is truly international, broadly appreciated and locally owned.”
Reginald Frimpong Anash-Adjaye, who had previously only read of the Anglican Alliance through the diocesan news in Accra, Ghana, said, “The objectives and the mandate of the Anglican Alliance are inspiring and I am looking forward to helping make this more visible to the rest of the Communion. It will be an incredible witness when we are all working together in unity in our goal to end poverty and injustice.”
The Advisory Council and the Anglican Alliance team are looking forward to hearing more from each other in the next few days and taking forward the mandate to best serve the Communion-wide responses to the needs of the poorest. As the Archbishop of Canterbury has said, “The Anglican Alliance reflects the Gospel priority of a bias for the poor.”
Sessions include discussions on the role of the Advisory Council, on the new three-year strategy developed out of regional consultations and on the three pillars of the Anglican Alliance – development, relief and advocacy. The participants will also visit a community involved in a micro-finance initiative.
In the following days the Advisory Council will contribute to the strategy and discuss how best the Anglican Alliance can facilitate the sharing of learning and capacity across the Anglican Communion and continue to provide a convening platform for Anglican churches and agencies.
Advisory Council Members:
John Deane (chair)
Canon Grace Kaiso (vice-chair)
Clifton Dillon Nedd
Reginald Frimpong Anash-Adjaye
Msidi Eleanor Daka
+ Brent Alawas
She Hong Yu
+ Alison Taylor
+ Griselda Delgado
In the picture: Clifton, Eleanor, Jaysiri and Leonidas in a session on Monday.