Triangle of hope
August 22nd 2020 at 11 am.
In this special episode, developed with The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships and filmed in late 2019, Sikkema visits with the Tsedaqah community and others from the Diocese of Liverpool in England. Tsedaqah is a community of young adults representing dioceses in locations that participated in the Triangle of Despair that fed and nourished the transatlantic slave trade. Through worship, communal life, and service to the community, they work toward reconciliation and transformation of the Triangle of Despair to a triangle of hope. The episode participants - Nelson Pike of The Episcopal Church's Young Adult Service Corps, the Rev. Nana Akwasi Kessie of the Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, and the Rev. Canon Malcolm Rogers, MBE, of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool - talk about what it has meant for them to practice their Christian understanding of Going, whether that has entailed crossing an ocean or a cobblestone street.
"Participating in the Triangle of Hope pilgrimage programme has helped me build new relationships with friends across the Communion," said Rev. Kessie, "Especially in Liverpool and Virginia and across the Church of England and The Episcopal Church. The listening and sharing exposed me to the different mission theories and practices in other parts of the Anglican Communion. I also came to appreciate the differences and similarities in our liturgy."
Canon Rogers adds, "The Triangle of Hope is a remarkable project. Although it has been in existence for many years, its work of promoting racial justice and reconciliation is more relevant and needed than ever. It brings together partners from around the historic transatlantic triangle, and supports them in their ongoing relationship, reflecting on the evils of the past, imagining and working hard to transform a triangle of despair into a Triangle of Hope. It does this through youth pilgrimages, diocesan connections, advocacy, workshops, seminary connections, micro business partnerships, connections with the Mothers Union and Episcopal Church Women, and much more."
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