One of the great strengths of Fulcrum is the breadth of vision from people with experience of the wider Anglican Communion. As the Church of England embraces ‘Facilitated Conversations’ as a new approach to difficult issues it is part of a great movement.
The last Anglican Consultative Council stood to applaud Continuing Indaba at its final session in Auckland 2013. The theology behind Indaba is a challenge to churches used to Western methods, but many churches around the world are embracing the change and finding new life in a new way of being.
There are two interconnected websites and one book that can help you get to grips with the theology that underpins the reconciliation agenda of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Living Reconciliation builds on a Foreword by the Archbishop and develops the great themes of reconciliation to offer a vision for the local and global church. This is a book for all Christians and it is accompanied by a Study Guide so it can be used in house groups. The book is backed up by a website with a growing number of resources.
The Continuing Indaba website offers greater depth and practical resources. You can go there to engage with theologians from around the Communion. If you want theology go to the Theological Reflection Series and find your way around. You will find a Kenyan theologian calling us to dance to a new drumbeat, a Chinese reflection on the value of harmony, and the dream of a Communion united as never before from Ghana. There is so much more.
Theologian after theologian consider conflict through the lens of the Scriptures and draw upon the cultural resources of their peoples. For many, civil war and internal strife is part of their life. They declare that in Christ there is another way. If the cross of Christ becomes the lens through which we see the world then we hope for a future of reconciliation. This reconciliation is between individuals and God, but it is also – according to the Ephesian vision - between human beings. We can declare that Christ broke down the walls that divide humanity.
Indaba is a Zulu word. It is the living out of the Ubuntu world view and contrasts with Western individualism. It is a challenge to the philosophical vision that we have assumed to be Christianity but is actually European philosophy that regards dominating power as the final end of all. Indaba takes seriously Max Warren's discovery that ‘only the whole world knows the whole truth’ and that partnership can offer a different vision of how power can be shared. It is the vision that inspired Andrew Walls to write his great essay ‘The Ephesian Moment.’
The Continuing Indaba website offers another resource. This is a step by step guide to using the process in your parish, deanery and diocese as well as how to apply the methods to stand alone events.
The underlying theme in all these resources is that Christ came into the world to reconcile us to God and to one another. In Christ we are one body and have one hope.