Sunday, November 10, 2013

¨A VISION OF UNITY¨ - Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visits the Anglican Church of Korea and the Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Pusan, Korea

Archbishop Justin with the Most Revd Paul Kim at Seoul Anglican Cathedral, South Korea, 3 November 2013. (Picture courtesy of Seoul Anglican Cathedral)
The Archbishop of Canterbury left Korea today after a five-day visit in which he praised the Korean Anglican Church for providing ‘a vision of unity’. 
¨Archbishop Justin said he was ‘thrilled’ to be invited by the Anglican Church of Korea and its primate, the Most Revd Paul Kim. 
Arriving in Busan on Wednesday he said: ‘I give thanks that the Korean church continues to set before us a vision of unity and reconciliation despite the political and social challenges of this divided peninsula.’ 
During his stay the Archbishop participated in the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Busan, South Korea, and preached at the Anglican Cathedrals in Busan and Seoul. 
Before leaving the peninsula the Archbishop joined an ecumenical pilgrimage to the Imjingak peace park, close to the border with North Korea, where the group of WCC Assembly participants prayed for peace
The Archbishop’s time in Korea was the last leg of a 10-day visit to Anglican primates in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, travelling with his wife, Caroline. Archbishop Justin will be visiting every primate in the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.  


Speaking to the Episcopal News Service at the WCC Assembly, the Archbishop described the ‘gift’ of seeing the church in all its breadth gathering together. 

Lots of difference, lots of difference of opinion, lots of faults and flaws and cracks… but together. That’s been something really quite beautiful and I’ve found deeply moving,’ he said. 
The Archbishop praised the WCC as one of various ways of dealing with 'extreme diversity' in the global church, without 'sticking [our] head in the sand and pretending people don't disagree over major questions.' 
He added: 'How we work towards unity, how we deal with differences which sometimes go back centuries... is an example to the world of how conflict is dealt with. So we become a reconciling force as we ourselves are involved in reconciliation.'  please read it all

Saint Alban Mission, Antigua, Guatemala is a special mission project of the St. James parish of the Cathedral of Santiago/Guatemala City, diocese of Guatemala, a see of The Anglican Church in Central America (IARCA) and a member of the Anglican Communion. 

St. Alban´s Mission, Antigua, meets every Sunday at the Casa Convento Concepcion at 12:00 noon. Holy Eucharist is celebrated.

*St Alban´s, Antigua, Guatemala is a special Mission Project of St. James English speaking parish at the Cathedral of Santiago, Guatemala City.  
The Most Reverend Armando Guerra Soria, Bishop and Rector of St. Alban's
The Reverend Ricardo Frohmader, Associate Minister.

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