Roberta Newell, a member of the Episcopal Ghana Pilgrimage Group and the Very Rev. Victor Atta-Baffoe (above) share a light moment at the Diocese of Olympia headquarters in Seattle. Join them for a Potluck and Compline – Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – 6:00 pm.
This Tuesday, July 28, at 6:00 pm in the Ed Young Hall, St. Joseph- St. John Episcopal Church 11111 Military Road SW, all are invited to a discussion on the Anglican Communion with the Very Rev. Victor Atta-Baffoe, Dean of St. Nicholas Seminary in Cape Coast, Ghana and Canon Theologian of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Coast.
Atta-Baffoe will share his “insider perspective” as a member of the Anglican Covenant Design Group (formed in response to the 2004 Windsor Report) on the state of tensions surrounding the Episcopal Church’s efforts to become more inclusive. In the Windsor Report, the Anglican Communion “recommend[ed], therefore, and urge[d] the primates to consider, the adoption by the churches of the Communion of a common Anglican Covenant which would make explicit and forceful the loyalty and bonds of affection which govern the relationships between the churches of the Communion. The Covenant could deal with: the acknowledgment of common identity; the relationships of communion; the commitments of communion; the exercise of autonomy in communion; and the management of communion affairs (including disputes).”
Atta-Baffoe comes to the diocese after the conclusion of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, where he was a guest speaker. In 2008, he was a facilitator on “Listening and Dialogue on the Anglican Communion and Homosexuality” at the Lambeth Conference in London. He also serves on the Inter-Anglican Doctrinal and Theological Commission of the Anglican Communion and is Chairman of the African Network of Institutions of Theological Education Preparing Anglicans for Ministry.