Primates arrive in Dublin

Most of the Primates (heads of Provincial Churches) of the Anglican Communion have arrived in Dublin, Ireland for their meeting. Seven are not attending because the Primate of the Episcopal Church Katharine Jefferts Schori is attending. From Anglican Communion News Service:

Primates from across the Anglican Communion arrived today at the Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre in Dublin for the first day of their six-day Primates’ Meeting.

The Primates, who are the senior bishops or archbishops of a province of the Anglican family of churches, were invited from all 38 Provinces. The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, was also invited to allow the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to fulfil his role as the President of the meeting.

Several Primates, including Archbishop Maurício José Araújo de Andrade Primate of Brazil & Bishop of Brasilia, said they were looking forward to a positive meeting.

“It is important that in this meeting dialogue continues between the different parts of the Anglican Communion,” he said. “If it is possible to sit together with different ecumenical and interfaith partners, how much more do we need to continue to sit down and dialogue with bishops from other parts of the Communion.”

The Dean of the Province of Central Africa, Bishop Albert Chama* said he believed God would enable the Primates to remain in unity and to love one another as the body of Christ.

“My hope is that in this meeting we will be able to continue the conversations that have been happening in terms of pulling the Communion together,” he said. “It is my hope that our meeting will be fruitful and that we will continue to discuss matters with openness and we will be able to listen to one another.”

Barring any last minute changes, 24 Primates are able to attend the meeting. As anticipated, some were unable 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.

Seven Primates said they were not coming because of recent developments in the Episcopal Church, but in their responses they have reiterated their commitment to the Communion and to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon, who is Secretary of the meeting, said: “It is obviously regrettable when a Primate is unable attend because it means that that particular perspective is not represented, but it is ultimately the decision of each individual Primate in consultation with their Province.”

The Primates’ Meeting January 25-31, 2011

Those who are present, on their way or are expected:

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia The Most Revd Winston Halapua

The Anglican Church of Australia The Most Revd Phillip John Aspinall

The Church of Bangladesh The Rt Revd Paul Sishir Sarkar

Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil The Most Revd Maurício José Araújo de Andrade

The Episcopal Church of Burundi The Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi

The Anglican Church of Canada The Most Revd Frederick J Hiltz

The Church of the Province of Central Africa Represented by The Dean of the Province The Rt Rev Albert Chama

Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America The Most Revd Armando Roman Guerra Soria

The Church of England The Most Revd Rowan Douglas Williams

Also represented by The Most Revd John Sentamu

Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui The Most Revd Paul Kwong

The Church of Ireland The Most Revd Alan Edwin Thomas Harper

The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan) The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu

The Anglican Church of Korea The Rt Revd Paul Keun-Sang Kim

The Church of the Province of Melanesia The Most Revd David Vunagi

The Church of Pakistan (United) The Rt Revd Samuel Azariah

The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea The Most Revd Joseph Kifau Kopapa

The Episcopal Church in the Philippines The Rt Revd Edward Pacyaya Malecdan

The Scottish Episcopal Church The Most Revd David Robert Chillingworth

The Church of South India (United) The Most Revd Suputhrappa Vasantha Kumar

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa The Most Revd Thabo Cecil Makgoba

The Episcopal Church The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Church in Wales The Most Revd Barry Cennydd Morgan

The Church in the Province of the West Indies The Most Revd John Walder Dunlop Holder

Those who are unable to attend:

For reasons of visa difficulties:

Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo The Most Revd Henry Kahwa Isingoma

For reasons of health:

La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico The Most Revd Carlos Touche-Porter

The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma) The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo

For reasons of diary commitments:

The Anglican Church of Kenya The Most Revd Eliud Wabukala

The Church of North India (United) The Most Revd Purely Lyngdoh

For personal reasons:

The Anglican Church of Tanzania The Most Revd Valentino Mokiwa

For reasons of Provincial matters:

The Episcopal Church of the Sudan The Most Revd Daniel Deng Bul Yak (the referendum)

L’Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda The Most Revd Onesphore Rwaje (two days after his installation)

Those who have chosen to stay away over recent developments in The Episcopal Church:

The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean The Most Revd Gerald James (Ian) Ernest

The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East The Most Revd Mouneer Hanna Anis

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) The Most Rt Revd Nicholas Dikeriehi Okoh

The Church of the Province of Uganda The Most Revd Henry Luke Orombi

Church of the Province of South East Asia The Most Revd John Chew

Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America The Most Revd Hector Zavala

The Church of the Province of West Africa The Most Revd Justice Ofei Akrofi

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  1. Wow, just seven, pretty pitiful given how long they have been telling people they are not coming. Seven hardcore so called orthodox who won’t meet. Their influence is more than halved over the past few years.

  2. John B. Chilton

    “Those who have chosen to stay away over recent developments in The Episcopal Church…”

    The ACO is not capable of plainspeaking. Those “staying away” said why they are boycotting, and this ain’t it. They want the Primates Meeting to be something it isn’t, a judicatory. They want to rule.

    See:

    http://www.globalsouthanglican.org/index.php/blog/comments/dublin_meeting

    In light of the critical importance of the Meeting, the preparations are gravely inadequate. As it stands, the Meeting is almost pre-determined to end up as just another gathering that again cannot bring about effective ecclesial actions, despite the precious time, energy and monetary resources that Primates and Provinces have invested in attending the Meeting.

  3. Yeah, keep telling yourself that, Michael. Whatever gets you through the day. Those seven provinces represent just about the only part of the Anglican Communion that is vigorous and growing.

  4. There is nothing ¨vigorous and growing¨ about demonizing the least of us–or by ignoring civil war, sex slavery, child witchburing, vertical corruption while attempting to impose ones righteous religious ¨cultish ideas¨ on others–what there is–IS, millions of Anglicans in Nigeria and Uganda/beyond who are striving to survive under desperate personal circumstances, Heterosexuals and LGBTI alike–afterall, where does one go but to God when life vs. death and destruction/poverty/rape are looming at ones front door? There is no place to hide in Africa or the Southern Cone or Singapore when TRUTH comes knocking at the door and when REAL justice and REAL personal integrity replace, lies, greed, grandstanding, opportunism and plain old fear and hate-mongering (it´s simply vicious slander, shame and blame against LGBTI Anglican human beings)…nope thinly covering spiritual ¨shoddiness¨ with abusing others is not LOVING ONEANOTHER at the Body of Christ.

    More will be revealed (and should be as quickly as possible).

  5. tgflux

    Those seven provinces represent just about the only part of the Anglican Communion that is vigorous and growing.

    Growing in bigotry? Perhaps—though I think it’s really just “have Primatial Big-Wigs vigorously growing in self-importance.”

    Demographic SNAPSHOTS have long ceased to impress, Christopher. “Altar Call” -style religion is a revolving door.

    Growth in Christ, individual and corporate, moves in God’s Own Time. The growth may not appear at all “vigorous” on the surface—but the roots grow deep!

    “Come, Lord Christ”

    JC Fisher

  6. John B. Chilton

    Mouneer Anis, last weekend, had a count of 10 not attending.

    http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/article/34525/

    “That is why as the Secretary now of the Global South, Honorary Secretary, I want to respond to those people who say that about 10 Primates are not attending the coming Primates Meeting; they are saying they are boycotting. That is far from the truth. We are not boycotting at all the meeting. We did ask that the recommendations of the previous meetings should be followed through otherwise our meeting would be meaningless. We decided things, we recommended things, and now, time to have decisions. And we got this invitation to sit in two separate rooms, which is a joke! It’s a joke to sit in two separate rooms. And we wanted to – there was not enough consultation, in order to feel that we ‘owned’ this meeting to go to – but yes, I agree one hundred percent, and that is behind our attendance to 2008. Some other people were aware of the process much better than us and they didn’t come to Lambeth.”

  7. John B. Chilton

    And if you go back to Gafcon’s November Oxford Statement you find this,

    “5. For the sake of Christ and of His Gospel we can no longer maintain the illusion of normalcy and so we join with other Primates from the Global South in declaring that we will not be present at the next Primates’ meeting to be held in Ireland. …”

    It is signed by seven primates including Kenya and Tanzania. To that number, add another three on ACNS’s stayed away list: Anis Mouneer, John Chew and Ian Ernest. That brings you to 10.

    Rwanda’s previous primate signed Oxford.

    So we are left with the question: Do we have two (perhaps three) primates trying to have it both ways, or is the ACO stretching things?

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