Listening Toward Reconciliation:
A Conversation Initiative
in Today's Anglican Alienation
Reconciliation among differing groups in the Anglican Communion requires vulnerable conversation and attentive listening. In mid-2004, a group of US Episcopalians undertook such conversation with bishops and other leaders of the Anglican provinvces on Rwanda, Burundi, and Kenya in East Africa. This account of that venture sheds light on the personal and social dimensions of the listening that is needed in the midst of current controversies. In order to define the role of listening in the reconciliation projected by many in the Communion, this study first identifies the specifically relational aspects of current Anglican tensions. It then recounts major features of a listening journey undertaken in East Africa. It concludes by analyzing the importance of listening as a critically important preparation in the process of reconciliation.