Welby expresses vision ‘full of love’ to Council of the Church in East Asia

11 October 2019

ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

The Archbishop of Canterbury at All Saints’ Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu, on Thursday of last week

The Archbishop of Canterbury at All Saints’ Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu, on Thursday of last week

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that his vision for the Anglican Communion is that “we are full of love for one another”.

Speaking during a visit to Malaysia last week for the Full Assembly meeting of the Council of the Church in East Asia (CCEA), Archbishop Welby said that he hoped that the Communion would be “caught up with the power of Christ, and changing, transforming the world around us in the power of Christ.”

Addressing the bishops, clergy, and laity of the CCEA in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia, he asked: “What can’t we do as Anglicans in the Lord by the power of the Spirit? Is there any limit? With the Bible in one hand and with whatever people need locally in the other — reconciling, healing, strengthening, teaching — doing all the things we know we can do.”

Addressing the CCEA, he said: “Think for a second about this incredible thing, the Anglican Communion. Just remember: 165 countries, nearly 1000 dioceses, goodness knows how many parish churches, local churches.

“How near to full capacity are we working at? How close are we as a Communion to doing all that God wants us to do? He has given us this beautiful, beautiful diverse gathering of people.”

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