|Primates at Evensong in Canterbury. Photo: Canterbury Cathedral|
It was my chaplain Deacon Frances Hiller who first remarked “the Diocese in Europe is like the Anglican Communion in miniature”; our 300 congregations are scattered over 1/6 of the earth’s land surface, in 44 of the 165 countries of the Anglican Communion. Our people are not just “Brits abroad” for globalisation has brought peoples from every part of the Anglican world to Europe. Some congregations are almost entirely English/British. Others are almost entirely Tamil or Nigerian, or Sudanese, or Malgaches, or Iranian… Many of our clergy come from the Anglican Churches in Britain and Ireland, but we also are blessed with the presence of priests and deacons from the Anglican / Episcopal Churches of Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Burundi, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt and India. Thanks to the Porvoo Communion we are also served by Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Estonian, Danish and Icelandic priests. As individuals from so many backgrounds we may not all be of one mind on matters of human sexuality, but we are committed to live in charity with each other, respecting the dignity of all as beloved children of God. We are experts in living with diversity within the life of one family.
|7 clergy from just one deanery - from 7 different countries|
Anglicans in Europe are a small minority. But we are part of something greater, that diverse and beautiful community we call the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We need each other for our mission and ministry, to be a visible sign in a divided world of the unity God wills for humanity, together to be salt and light in a world being transformed by Christ.
In the Diocese in Europe, all are welcome!
|Ordinands of the Diocese from every corner of the globe|