Consultants reinstated as full members by Archbishop of Canterbury

Two consultants of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) have been reinstated as full members at the request of the Commission’s chairman.


The Anglican Communion website reports:

Acknowledging that members of IASCUFO are present in virtue of skills relevant to the work of the Commission and are not present as representatives of their Provinces, Archbishop Williams has requested that the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon reinstate Archbishop Zavala and Dr. Grieb.

The Archbishop of Canterbury had, in a 2010 letter, made the two persons "consultants" rather than full members of the committee based on actions of their province. Williams wrote then:

...when some part of that fellowship speaks in ways that others find hard to recognise, and that point in a significantly different direction from what others are saying, we cannot pretend there is no problem.
And when a province through its formal decision-making bodies or its House of Bishops as a body declines to accept requests or advice from the consultative organs of the Communion, it is very hard (as noted in my letter to the Communion last year after the General Convention of TEC) to see how members of that province can be placed in positions where they are required to represent the Communion as a whole. This affects both our ecumenical dialogues, where our partners (as they often say to us) need to know who it is they are talking to, and our internal faith-and-order related groups.
I am therefore proposing that, while these tensions remain unresolved, members of such provinces – provinces that have formally, through their Synod or House of Bishops, adopted policies that breach any of the moratoria requested by the Instruments of Communion and recently reaffirmed by the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) – should not be participants in the ecumenical dialogues in which the Communion is formally engaged. I am further proposing that members of such provinces serving on IASCUFO should for the time being have the status only of consultants rather than full members. This is simply to confirm what the Communion as a whole has come to regard as the acceptable limits of diversity in its practice.

Dr. Grieb had recently been part of a video issued by the IASCUFO in favor of the Anglican Covenant, discussed here in the Episcopal Cafe.

Comments (6)

The "Instruments of Communion"? The "...Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order"?

It all sounds rather draconian. And why is disunity bad? The world would be a lesser place if we were all the same.

Eric Bonetti

"The Instruments of Communion and ... the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO)"

I'm surprised they didn't make Cullen Murphy's new book.

Did you ever get the feeling that all this officious intimidation will ultimately backfire on the ABC and the CofE? If we truly believe we are doing the right thing, then we have to keep moving forward no matter what anybody says or what the cost to ourselves might be. That's not arrogant; it's faithful.

It seems odd that it would take anybody this long to reach that decision.

Intended to show a kinder, gentler Covenant as C of E diocesan voting gets critical?

Sad, sad, sad. I am glad they are back.. but this just show you how debased Rowan's actions have been. Our representatives get shut out, but what about the representatives of those instigating hatred of LGBT people, causing schism/interfering with other dioceses, leading to a climate where genocide gets the church's tacit approval?

That is secondary to a bishop's confirmation because there is a disagreement over six verses of Scripture?

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