The Episcopal Church in the United States' Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) agency is expected to also fund the office over a three-year period, said Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the Anglican Church of Canada's general secretary.
"What a wonderful rich network of Anglicans
working together to make a new thing happen," Thompson
said in his
report to the spring meeting of CoGS March 14 to 17.
said the relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada
and the Cuban diocese is an example of "faithful partnership in a global communion.
The relationship began when former primate Archbishop Ted Scott "took an interest in how the Cuban church, separated from its province [the American Episcopal Church] by the economic blockade and travel restrictions, could sustain a sense of participation in the wider Anglican Communion," he
This relationship involves Canadian leadership in the Metropolitan Council of Cuba
, "which offers support and counsel to the bishop and people of the Cuban church," explained Thompson
Thompson acts as secretary of the Metropolitan Council, which typically meets a day before the Cuba diocese's annual synod.
The diocese of Cuba's music festival, which some Canadian Anglicans have supported through "Gifts for Mission," the Anglican Church of Canada
's gift guide to support ministries in Canada and overseas, is having a positive impact, Thompson
Held for a week each summer in the Anglican cathedral in Havana, the festival "has had a dramatic impact on the song of the church, a song that we encountered and that lifted our spirits at the diocesan synod," he said.