We the undersigned, as bishops of our different dioceses hereby declare our intention to enter into a spiritual partnership. We assert that Companionship is about journeying together. The earliest believers were called followers of the way. As companions we wish to follow our Lord Jesus Christ together in His way.
We understand partnership to involve listening to each other, praying for each other, learning from each other and challenging each other. We hope to share in each other's spirituality, culture and life and in the mission of God's Kingdom together. We expect to engage in common tasks and to support each other. We look forward to gaining an insight each others' burdens and helping to bear them. We also hope to develop a world-wide understanding of the Kingdom of God.
We hereby commit ourselves to trust one another, to be honest with one another, to share with one another, and to be ready to learn from one another, and to encourage our dioceses to do likewise.
As the spiritual leaders of our different dioceses, we commit ourselves and our episcopal areas to the journey of companionship. We as bishops will be primarily responsible for the implementation of this companionship, saving where we delegate the responsibility to suitable officers of our churches. As part of our honesty with each other we shall want to review this partnership together every five years.