The recent statement of the Provincial Synod of the Episcopal Church of Sudan spoke into a situation of conflict and division:
The ECS will remain a beacon of the hope of Jesus Christ so that the people of Sudan and South Sudan, traumatised by decades of devastating civil war, recognise the renaissance of their time and the hope of this new beginning.
The Winter 2011/12 edition of the magazine of the Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association carries an account and photographs of the ordination as priest of Fr Faiz Jerjes in Baghdad in September (pictured above), the first Iraqi Anglican priest to serve St George's, Baghdad.
While the Communion's debates and divisions may preoccupy the thoughts of many us in the Anglican blogsphere, the global economic crisis is - unsurprisingly - the focus for most of our fellow-citizens in the developed world. +Mark Sisk of New York, however, has demonstrated Anglicanism's ability to see beyond a preoccupation with our own agendas, articulating the Church's proclamation in the market-place of the contemporary economy:
There can be little doubt that capitalism is a productive way to order economic life. But we need to remember, as the protestors have reminded us, that that is all that it is -- an economic system based on the entirely reasonable propositions that capital has value, and that supply and demand are the most efficient way to set prices. Capitalism is of no help at all in determining what is morally good -- that is something that must instead be determined by the community's wider values.
And there should be no question that when an economic system fails to reflect those communal values, it should be modified and governed until it does. To say, as some do, that any attempt to control or guide our economic system is neither wise nor possible is to admit that an economic system has decisive control of our lives. For a Christian, such an admission would be nothing less than to yield to idolatry.
There are signs of Advent hope in the Communion.