The purpose of the Companion Diocese Committee is to discern, promote and nurture a diocesan relationship with another diocese within the Anglican Communion. In addition the Committee will assist churches and members of both dioceses expand their understanding of one another and nurture long-lasting friendships at all levels of the Church. We desire to encourage each other to live our Anglican identity in proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel in our local communities and within our cultural contexts. The Commission is composed of members appointed by the Bishop.
In 2016, the Dioceses of Fond du Lac and Masvingo envisioned a companion relationship connecting Episcopalians/ Anglicans, across cultural and geographic boundaries, on a common pilgrimage of faith, hope, and love. Read the Relationship Agreement here.
There are similarities between the Dioceses of Masvingo and Fond du Lac, including seeking to be true to our Anglican understanding of the Christian faith, our common heritage, number of churches, and parishioners.
The companion diocesan relationship, whereby churches and members expand their understanding of one another and nurture long-lasting friendships at all levels of the Church, commites to:
For the Companion Dioceses of Masvingo, in Zimbabwe and of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA.
O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by the ever-widening circles of fellowship, thru our companion relationship with the Diocese of Masvingo in Zimbabwe and the Diocese of Fond du Lac in Wisconsin, USA. And show us your presence in those who differ most from us, and allow us to learn from each other with open hearts and minds; through Christ our lord. Amen.
Adapted from prayer of thanksgiving #7 For the Diversity of Cultures and Races, BCP page 840.