In the Diocese of Liverpool we consider it a privilege, an honour and a proud responsibility to be part of the word-wide Anglican communion. Along with our link dioceses in Akure, Nigeria and Virginia USA we have been praying for the Primates meeting this week as they worked to discern a united understanding of the common life of the Anglican Communion. We commend a close reading of the full communique to all. It may be consulted here
As a diocese we are delighted to follow the agreed desire of the Primates to walk together with all our Anglican brothers and sisters across the world who seek to know Christ and to understand each other on that journey.
It is no secret that parts of the Primates' meeting have been difficult, and we understand the pain that many of our friends will feel as a result of some aspects of the Primates' statement. We commit ourselves to doing all we can to deepen all our links and strengthen all our conversations. For example it was my privilege this week to meet a priest of the Diocese of Akure and to pray with him and ask him to pass on to Bishop Simeon the gift of a pectoral cross as a token of our mutual commitment and prayer in Christ.
And many will know that we enjoy a mutually fruitful relationship and friendship with our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Virginia. Canon Malcolm Rogers is in the US at this time as my representative, to participate in Virginia's 221st Annual Council. He carries with him the prayers and love of our diocese. We echo the words of Presiding Bishop Michael B Curry "that the outstretched arms of Jesus on the cross are a sign of the very love of God reaching out to us all… God is greater than anything."