Irene Ayallo from Kenya and New Zealand shares with us

March 17, 2007 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Irene, The Way Home: Thursday, 15 March 2007 | Leave a comment

Irene Ayallo from Kenya and NZMy name is Irene Ayallo, 26 year old – priest in the Anglican Church of Kenya, studying at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I was invited to the TEAM conference as one of the Canterbury Scholars of 2002. My motivation for the conference is the fact it is no – longer an option for the Church to participate in the multifaceted issue of development, justice, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Our beloved Anglican Church needed to come together to listen to one another, realise that we face common issues and work together towards effective mission. We need to develop theological reflections true to and based on concrete human situations.

The TEAM conference was to me evidence that the Church can still live with diversity. It was nice to listen to and share with people from different provinces, cultures and backgrounds. It was also an opportunity to critically examine and identify the missing ‘links’ and voices from within the communion. In his sermon at the opening Eucharist, the Most Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of the necessity of including all the voices in the music “… and if one voice is missing, the music could go wrong.”

Young people need to be involved in ministry. We are one voice that cannot afford to miss in mission. Simply because we have the potential, we only need to realize the hero in us and stand on the promises of God. My hope is that from the conference, the Church continues to invite and acknowledge the participation of everyone (the young, the old) as equal participants in the service to God and humanity.

I pray that the Church be more aware of her brokenness through the brokenness of her members, that she be aware of her ministry as breakable bread, and that we as her members be servants and have the grace to let others be our servants too….

And I met some really nice people!!!!!!!!!

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