Lambeth Palace London SE1 7JU
25 April 1994
The Most Revd Joseph Adetiloye
Archbishop of Nigeria
19 Marina P O Box 13
I write on behalf of the Joint Meeting of the Standing Committees of the Primates and ACC held at Guildford, England, in March 1994.
We want to send you our warm greetings and congratulations as Chairman of the South to South Anglican Encounter held in Limuru in February 1994.
The Report of the Encounter was attached to the Minutes of our Meeting, and the Joint Meeting expressed their warm appreciation of what had been achieved. We repeated the widely-held conviction that the world Church now looks to the “South” for leadership in evangelism.
Dr Cyril Okorocha gave us an impressive account of the Conference which brought us all a sense of its spirit. It is clear from your own address that the Conference was well planned and well led, and I hope the results will be pondered and studied by all our Churches.
In particular I hope we shall attend to the central Gospel message of reconciliation, especially at a time when violence, conflict ands tension in the world cries out for forgiveness and peace. In my travels in the Anglican Comumnion I have been very moved by the brave and joyful witness of Anglican Christians in the “South”, and the growth of the Church there even in suffering. I believe we in the “North” should heed your experiences, and learn from them more of the deep truths of the Gospel we share.
I am very glad to know that a second Anglican Encounter in the “South” has been suggested for a time near the Lambeth Conference. In this way I am sure that the whole Communion will continue to benefit from the initiative that was begun so successfully under your leadership in Limuru.