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Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Bishop Vinton R. Anderson. © African Methodist Episcopal Church

15 July 2014

Sincere condolences were expressed at the death of Bishop Vinton R. Anderson by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. The first African American to serve as the WCC president for North America, from 1991-98, Bishop Anderson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church passed away in the United States on Wednesday, 9 July.

In his letter to the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tveit paid tribute to Anderson’s “leadership in liturgical renewal in the church and strong commitment to ministerial formation”.

Tveit expressed admiration for Anderson’s “commitment to ecumenical formation for younger generations”. It is due to the Ecumenical Leadership Scholarship Fund established by Bishop Anderson, Tveit said, that many young students had the opportunity to attend the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey to study ecumenical history and theology. “This is just one example of how he has served as a mentor for so many in ministry and ecumenism,” Tveit added.

Full text of the WCC general secretary’s letter of condolence