But Indaba is already here. I think some Communion commission is already fostering its greater and wider presence in the life of the Communion. It seems to have been part of a joint meeting of North American and African bishops whose communique has just been published.
You can read it here.
This is my summary of the communique: we met, we listened, we achieved nothing.
Listening is a vital centre to the communique. Here is its paragraph on mission:
"We affirm that mission is a meeting-place with God and with others. Mission isn’t something we do to another, but a way of being together in the presence of God as God transforms and reconciles the world to himself. To be in mission is to assume a listening stance – listening for how God is at work in the world, for how others are responding to and participating in that work, and for how we might offer ourselves and our gifts into partnership in that work."This is all well and good as far as it goes. But it misses the (dare I use the word) biblical aspect of mission in which Christ calls us to proclaim (i.e. talk, speak, enunciate with audible words) the gospel.
The great question of mission in the 21st century is not whether the church is listening to God, the world, or the dawn chorus. It is whether anyone is listening to the church.
Thankfully in some places the world is listening.
But if Indaba is the future of the unCovenanted Communion, count me out. Not least because I couldn't sleep at night for knowing that the jet plane I travelled in to get to the place of Achieving Nothing had contributed to the warming of the world.