Archive for February, 2011

Anglican Communion Office issues covenant study guide

Monday, February 21st, 2011

From ENS

A guide to assist in the discussion and study of the Anglican Covenant has been released by the Anglican Communion Office.

The study guide and an accompanying question-and-answer document, available here “is intended for parishes, deaneries, dioceses or groups of individuals wishing to explore the covenant and the way it describes Anglican identity,” according to a press release.
A covenant first was proposed in 2004 as a way for the Anglican Communion to maintain unity amid differing viewpoints, especially concerning human sexuality issues and biblical interpretation.
The study guide — produced by a working group formed out of the Inter-Anglican Standing Committee on Unity Faith and Order — includes the text of the Anglican Covenant “interspersed with summaries of the material,” the release said.

A message from Bishop David Anderson

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

February 19th, 2011 Posted in American Anglican Council, Anglican Communion, Morality |

From AAC

[…]  The world of the church, the state, and morality in our society has certainly changed over my 40+ years in holy orders. The governments of several nations have seemingly turned against sound morality and embraced homosexuality as one of the “in” things to be protected, even promoted. At the same time, those who resist will be crushed legally, as we already see happening in the UK, where a Christian family who ran a bed and breakfast within their home wished to restrict couples sharing a room to those who were husband and wife. This obviously meant that they wouldn’t rent to unmarried heterosexual couples, nor would they rent to homosexual couples. The hand of the court struck them down, giving a huge award to the gay couple who filed suit and threatening bankruptcy to the Christian couple. May the hand of God vindicate them and come against those who would punish the righteous.

Now the English Parliament is preparing to consider changing the marriage and Civil Partnership rules. It is sometimes difficult for those of us “across the pond” to understand what is happening and what all the collateral effects might be when the British propose such laws. We have an excellent piece from the UK written by the Rev’d Peter Ould about the proposed changes, and I recommend your reading it.

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The Anglican Communion after Dublin

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

February 19th, 2011 Posted in News |

By George Conger, CEN

The divisions within the Anglican Communion are theological, not political, and can be resolved only through an appeal to providence and Scripture, the chairman of the Gafcon Primates Council meeting, Bishop Gregory Venables has said.

In an interview recorded by AnglicanTV and broadcast on February 5, Bishop Venables outlined the Gafcon group of Churches’ disquiet with the innovations made by the Archbishop of Canterbury. However, appeals to diversity, conversation or political compromise to fix the Anglican Communion will not save it, if the Gospel is not preached.

ATV: What’s the most important issue going on in the Anglican Communion today?

GV: The vast majority of Anglican leaders worldwide, together with Anglicans in general, want to get on with preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ: the fact that there is a message of hope, and love and forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ.

But we’ve hit a problem. And the problem is that within what we call the Anglican Communion there is a significant group, which unfortunately seems to dominate much of the public life of our church, which is suppressing the truth.

The reason why we feel this urgency is because it is clearer than ever, even within our own Church, that we are under the wrath of God. Now that is not something that people like to talk about very much, and it’s not a very pleasant subject, but it is an important one.

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Nigerian archbishop in Lambeth meeting with Dr Williams

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

“Archbishop Wabukala’s absence was explained as due to a diary conflict.

However, Kenyan leaders tell The Church of England Newspaper this explanation for Archbishop Wabukala’s absence by the ACC staff was not entirely straight forward.”

George Conger in CofE Newspaper

The head of the Anglican Communion’s largest province will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury this week at Lambeth Palace.

Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria is scheduled to meet with Dr. Williams on Feb 17, and will also meet with officials from the Nigerian High Commission and Nigerian expatriates during a three day pastoral visit to the UK

A spokesman for Archbishop Okoh said this week’s visit will be his first to London since his election as primate. A trip set for December 2010 was postponed due to inclement weather. The trip will also provide an opportunity for Dr. Rowan Williams to mend fences with the Nigerian Church, which along with a majority of the African church has become estranged from Lambeth over the past three years.

Regaining the trust of the estranged members of the Anglican Communion would be a “long task” and would be “difficult”, Dr. Williams said at the closing press conference of the Dublin primates meeting last month. However, that is the “task we’ve been given, it’s part of the gift of living in the Church” and “part of the cross we carry.”

The Anglican Communion was faced with a “critical situation,” Dr. Williams said. “Nobody would deny that. But that critical situation has not ended the rela­tionships, often very cordial and very constructive, between Churches within the Communion.”

The archbishop noted he had recently met with Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, who did not attend the primates meeting, taking part in “a very long and detailed conversation on a variety of matters.”

In a statement released at the start of the meeting, the Anglican Communion News Service stated that 7 primates had absented themselves from the meeting due to “recent developments in the Episcopal Church,” while 8 others were not able to attend “because of health reasons, others for personal reasons and a few because of issues in their Provinces, such as the referendum in Sudan.”

Archbishop Wabukala’s absence was explained as due to a diary conflict.

However, Kenyan leaders tell The Church of England Newspaper this explanation for Archbishop Wabukala’s absence by the ACC staff was not entirely straight forward. The reason there was a diary conflict, a Kenya bishop told CEN, was because Archbishop Wabukala had already told Dr. Williams last autumn he was not going to Dublin if Bishop Jefferts Schori was present at the meeting. Archbishop Wabukala adjusted his schedule, removing the primates meeting from his calendar after Dr Williams issued the invitation to the US presiding bishop.

Gay couples will be allowed to marry under Coalition plan

Friday, February 18th, 2011

By Tim Ross, Telegraph

Ministers are preparing to scrap the centuries-old legal definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman to promote equal rights for homosexual couples.

If introduced, the reform would give Britain some of the most advanced gay equality laws in the world.

The proposal comes as the government confirms that it will change the law to allow same-sex civil partnership ceremonies to be held in churches, synagogues and other religious settings for the first time.

The first religious services for civil partners could take place later this year.

Campaigners for equal rights for homosexuals welcomed the reforms but the Church of England warned it would not bless same sex couples.

The Liberal Democrat Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, said: “Over the past few months I’ve spoken to a lot of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB and T) people and campaign groups, and it quickly became clear that there is a real desire to address the differences between civil marriage and civil partnerships.

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New Primates Standing Committee Reveals Liberal Bias. Token Conservative Elected from Sudan

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan)By David Virtue, VOL

The following Primates were elected as members of the Primates’ Standing Committee at the recent Primates’ Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, and have agreed to serve for a period of three years.

From Africa, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan) was elected, but he was not in Dublin for his election. The alternate is the liberal leaning Burundi Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi who told me he was there to represent Global South interests because a third of the archbishops, mostly Global South, were not. Later, he told Ruth Gledhillof The Times (London) that the 38 warring provinces should learn to get on with each other, because of Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor.”

Archbishop Ntahoturi said: “The Anglican Communion is our communion. We have a share. We have a place in that communion…. The Anglican Church of Burundi recognizes there are problems in the Communion. The Communion is a family. When children disagree on certain issues, you do not separate. You meet and discuss those issues together.” He said the boycott was not against The Episcopal Church, but because previous decisions of the Primates’ Council had not implemented. “For us in Burundi, we say some decisions take some time to implement.” He supports the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

For sheer hubris, Central, North, South Americas and the Caribbean are being represented by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church with the alternate Archbishop John Holder (West Indies).

Jefferts Schori no more represents the Southern Cone and Archbishop Hector “Tito” Zavala or his predecessor, Archbishop Gregory Venables, than Manchester United represents Real Madrid. Mrs. Jefferts Schori might speak for Canadian Archbishop Fred Hiltz and some, but not all Central American dioceses. She certainly does not speak for the vast majority of Anglicans in the Southern Cone. This is to make an already ludicrous situation into a first class mockery.

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Members of the Primates’ Standing Committee announced

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

It seems that the ABC is really serious about asking TEC to back off the committees ans councils of the Communion!!!

The following Primates were elected as members of the Primates’ Standing Committee at the recent Primates’ Meeting in Dublin, Ireland and have agreed to serve:

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan) – alternate Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi (Burundi)

Central, North, South Americas and the Caribbean
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (The Episcopal Church) – alternate

I thought we had decided TEC should have a lesser role?

I thought we had decided TEC should have a lesser role?

Archbishop John Holder (West Indies)

Bishop David Chillingworth (Scotland) – alternate Archbishop Alan Harper (Ireland)

Middle East and West Asia
Bishop Samuel Azariah (Pakistan) – alternate Bishop Paul Sarker (Bangladesh)

South East Asia and Oceania
Archbishop Paul Kwong (Hong Kong) – alternate Archbishop Winston Halapua (Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia)

Each Primate serves for a period of three years, and thereafter until the next Primates’ Meeting. Also membership ceases when a member ceases to be a Primate.