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ABCUSA: BWA-Sponsored Baptist-Anglican Conversations Continue

From "SCHRAMM, Richard" <>
Date Wed, 12 Feb 2003 14:08:08 -0500

American Baptist News Service (Valley Forge, Pa. 2/12/03)--The American
Baptist-related Baptist World Alliance reports that conversations between
Baptists and Anglicans that began in 2000 continued with meetings this
January in Chile and the Bahamas.
The Baptist World Alliance traditionally has sponsored conversations with
other Christian faith groups as part of its goal to encourage better mutual
understanding among believers of different traditions.

"The unique feature of these Baptist/Anglican gatherings," according to BWA
Communications Director Wendy Ryan, "is that they have brought together many
more participants from all continents than is usual in inter-church
conversations in which Baptists have participated, and have been
contextualized to focus on the different continents and their particular
approach to the practice of the Christian faith.  It has meant that many
Baptists from all over the world have been engaged."

One focus of the conversations is "to enable Anglicans and Baptists
to...deepen the understanding of the relationships between the two world
communions in the light of their histories.... allow[ing] Baptists and
Anglicans to share with each other how they understand the Christian faith."

Tony Cupit, BWA evangelism and education director, who staffed the meeting,
said, "There was a general agreement that those areas of faith and life that
we share in common far outweigh the areas where there are differences
between us." 

The Baptist World Alliance, which will celebrate its centennial in 2005,
includes 206 Baptist unions and conventions worldwide, including American
Baptist Churches USA.

American Baptist News Service: Office of Communication, American Baptist
Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851; (800)ABC-3USA x2077
/ (610)768-2077; fax: (610)768-2320;;

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