Our own Archdeacon Wendy Scott travelled to Hong Kong in May to represent the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia at the Anglican Consultative Council gathering. She writes about her trip.
In May I was given the privilege of representing the three-tikanga church as the ordained representative at Anglican Consultative Council (ACC 17) in Hong Kong. Along with layperson Fei Tevi from Tikanga Pasifika, our province sends two representatives from our combined church and each tikanga takes its turn. We were blessed to be joined by Isaac Beach as the youth representative for Oceania. Each of us had our own distinctive voice to add to the eight-day conference, where intentional discipleship, building relationships across the global Anglican communion and the eccumenical spectrum were front and centre of the agenda.
To say it was a great experience would be an understatement! I got to meet the most amazing people who, at the heart of their lives, was to grow the Kingdom. We focused on developing resolutions that encourage the worldwide church to focus on specific areas. Climate change and growing climate resilience, securing the voice of young people and providing a safe church were central themes. But more importantly: how do we act locally with a shared tradition of justice and sharing Christ’s love in tangible ways?
It was a privilege to serve in this way and it was great to notice that our Anglican Movement is completely aligned with the worldwide church. There seemed little that we ourselves aren’t already engaged in – from refugee resettlement to climate mission.
Photo: Isaac Beach, Archdeacon Wendy Scott and Fei Tevi pose for a photo with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. / Courtesy Wendy Scott