Anglican Church of North America a member of Anglican family says Church of England General Synod

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Anglican Church in North America, Church of England |

The General Synod of the Church of England passed the following motion on Wednesday February 10:

That this Synod, aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada

a) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

b) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

c) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011

Votes for 309, against 69, abstentions 17

Press conference

Audio of debate

Lorna Ashworth’s opening speech on audio

Lorna Ashworth’s opening speech on video

ACNA debate – Part 1  www.anglicantv.org

Part 2  www.anglicantv.org

ACNA website

TEC Episcopal News Service Report

Update: A motion that this Synod

a) express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America

b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011

which incorporated Lorna Ashworth’s amendment was lost by 223 votes to 166 “through the doors” after the electronic voting system failed. The Bishops of Winchester and Chichester spoke and voted in favour of this addition to Lorna Ashworth’s motion and the Archbishop of York voted in favour of it.

Two motions to pass to next business and to adjourn the debate were lost.

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