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ABC addresses ACC – 16

ABC addresses ACC – 16

Following the Evensong service in Lukasa’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave his presidential address to the gathered delegates at ACC – 16.

The complete text of his address is available on the Anglican Communion News Service website.


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Cynthia Katsarelis

This is an awesome sermon. I pray that he is absolutely sincere and that he’s gotten to this point as a result of the recent struggles within the church as well as the externals that he describes.

The Gospel imperatives of this world are so much more important the personal imperative of oppressing LGBTQI people and trying to appease those who will only be happy with oppression and can’t even live with a laissez faire attitude and leave it to God.

If ++Justin is sincere about a new theology and direction that can love one another and work together with diversity of all sorts, then it’s a new ball game, folks. If it’s awesome words with no legs, and CoE keeps discriminating harshly against its LGBTQI clergy, then it’s just another nice sermon.

Ann Fontaine
Cynthia Katsarelis

Ann, I live and worship in the UK part-time. Kelvin expresses the hypocrisy in the CoE extremely well. January was really dreadful and came on the heels of CoE discriminating woefully against 3 Jeremy’s in CoE, 2 priests and one lay reader who each got married to their respective partners.

A lot has happened since then. My hope, which may be pollyannish, is that ++Justin and Secretary General +Josiah Idowu-Fearon have deeply processed recent events. In New York +Josiah got an earful from a lot of people, including me. But much more important is that he heard it from African women there who yearned to work on the Gospel issues – and they signed onto a “walking together” statement saying they were staying in communion with us no matter what. ++Justin must know that the oppressive position won’t hold. What did he get for his efforts to appease the human rights violating bishops? They opted out of ACC-16. After everything he did to try to keep them engaged, it wasn’t enough for them, and his own country won’t tolerate any more.

The only choice left is Jesus, who clearly would want us to focus our hearts and minds on the “characters” ++Justin named. If ++Justin is sincere, we could be entering into a kinder, gentler, more compassionate, and more impactful Anglican Communion.

At UNCSW I met the most amazing women from TEC and the Anglican Communion Women. The force of the Holy Spirit is strong with these women. The men don’t stand a chance. ++Justin has done well if he took to heart the Anglican Women’s “walking together” statement.

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