The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin: from the East End of London to Otahuhu.
ACC15 breaks camp in its middle weekend as the delegates fan out for a “Mission Encounter” with Kiwis in other parts of the country.
One of those encounters has already been foreshadowed – that’s the visit Dr Rowan Williams will make to Christchurch on November 3rd and 4th to see for himself what’s become of the ‘other’ Canterbury.
He’s not the only heavyweight heading out of town, either.
Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, for example, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church in the States, will preach that Sunday morning, November 4, in St Peter’s Cathedral in Hamilton – while Thabo Makgoba, the Archbishop of Southern Africa and of Capetown (and successor to Desmond Tutu) will preach in Wellington’s Cathedral of St Paul.
There’ll be ACC bishops – or archbishops – preaching in all but one of the New Zealand cathedrals that November 4th morning, and Peter Elliot, who is the Dean of Vancouver Cathedral, will be doing the honours in Dunedin.
Some of the most interesting preaching appointments that morning will be in parishes in and around Auckland.
Consider, for example, what’s in store for the parishioners at Ofa kihe Laumalie Ma’oni’oni – that’s the large Tongan Anglican congregation which has a home at Holy Trinity Otahuhu.
Because their preacher that morning is the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is a Jamaican-born priest serving in the East End of London, and is one of the coming generation of Anglican leaders.
She’s already chaplain to the Queen, and the first black female chaplain to the House of Commons – and she’s tipped by the Daily Telegraph to become the Church of England’s first woman bishop.
The Hui Amorangi are in for an interesting morning, too. The guest preacher at Upoko o te Ika, for instance, is Herman Brown, who is the Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia in Liberia – while Bishop Cornell Moss will deliver the sermon at Te Mihana Akarana, whose home is The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Grafton.
The intriguing connection there is that Cornell Moss is the Bishop of Guyana – where the late Bishop Sir Paul Reeves served, in the early years of this century, as Special Commonwealth Envoy.
For a full list of who’s going where, click here