'Peacemaking is a gospel imperative' - an interview with Tory Baucum
Friday 9th May 2014The Revd Dr Tory Baucum, who was installed as one of Canterbury Cathedral's Six Preachers in March, speaks about his motives for peacemaking and reconciliation.
Dr Baucum, who has an established reputation in preaching, evangelism and peace-making, was this year appointed by Archbishop Justin as a Six Preacher in Canterbury. This was offered in recognition of this commitment to reconciliation, which is one of the Archbishop's ministry priorities.
In the interview, conducted at Lambeth Palace in March on the eve of his installation at Canterbury Cathedral, Dr Baucum explains his motives for peacemaking and reconciliation.
Watch a clip of Dr Baucum explaining why peacemaking is 'a gospel imperative':
In the interview Dr Baucum also reflects on his experience of peacebuilding with the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, the Rt Revd Shannon Johnston.
Truro Church, where Dr Baucum became rector in 2007, seceded from the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in 2006 and subsequently became part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
Despite the church and the diocese being involved in litigation over property rights. Dr Baucum, a priest in ACNA, developed a close friendship with Bishop Shannon, and a settlement was subsequently reached.
Watch Dr Baucum speaking about his relationship with Bishop Shannon:
'Two minister forge friendship across a church divide' (New York Times, 18 April 2014)
Archbishop Justin blogs on reconciliation (7 March 2013)