- Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Adapted from a report by General Synod Communications, Anglican Church of Canada
Two Canadian Anglicans have been appointed to ecumenical panels with Reformed and Oriental Orthodox Christians.
The Rev. Tim Perry of the Diocese of Algoma will join a new round of theological dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches. The dialogue will explore issues of cooperation, discuss what it means to be a communion of churches, and review reception of the dialogue’s 1984 final report, God’s Reign and our Unity [PDF]. The new Anglican-Reformed International Commission will hold its first meeting in Hanover, Germany, in early 2015.
Perry serves as rector of Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury, Ontario. He is a lecturer at Thorneloe University, Sudbury, and at Providence Theological Seminary, Manitoba. He earned a doctorate from Durham University in 1996.
The Ven. Edward Simonton, OGS, of the Diocese of Quebec will serve on a new iteration of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission. This dialogue recently reconvened after a 10-year suspension, with new delegations appointed by both families of churches. The commission has circulated an agreed statement on Christology, will address questions about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit, and will discuss authority in the Church. The dialogue’s next meeting will take place in Cairo, Egypt, in October.
Simonton is rector of St. George’s Church in Lennoxville, Quebec, and archdeacon of the Anglican Deanery of St. Francis. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge, he is completing a doctor of ministry degree at the University of the South.
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