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ACNA: Adjective gay modifying Christian is “problematic”

ACNA: Adjective gay modifying Christian is “problematic”

The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church of North America has issued a recommendation that the terminology “gay Christian” be avoided and in its place be used “Christians who experience same-sex attraction”. ACNA is a group of conservative Christians comprised primarily of former clergy and lay persons who brokeaway from The Episcopal Church over the issue of homosexuality. ACNA is not recognized by the Anglican Communion.

The recommendation came about as the result of “reports of varied application among ACNA leaders regarding the use of language about sexual identity, especially within provincial events”.

Their lengthy statement is here.


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Thomas Rightmyer

I hope for some reconciliation between the Episcopal Church and the ACNA, but I don’t see much desire in either church for any reconciliation. The Episcopal Church ties Anglican identity to recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury and participation in communion structures like the Anglican Consultative Council. The ACNA has relationships of mutual recognition with some Anglican provinces through GAFCON and other structures. Both churches claim an historic succession of bishops in the Anglican tradition; both worship from an edition of the Book of Common Prayer, and both have dealt with property questions through the courts of the United States. The Episcopal Church enjoys relationships of full communion with the Mar Thoma Church, the Philippine Independent Church, the ELCA, and the Moravian Church, as well as with churches that mutually agree that they form the Anglican Communion. As the United States seeks reconciliation of differences in civil politics, the time has come to seek some degree of reconciliation in church life. But reconciliation and mutual recognition require the desire for these relationships. I bid our prayers that people of both churches seek the will to reconcile.

Thomas Bushnell, BSG

Why do we even care? They’re not Anglican, let them fulminate all they want.

David Virtue

Why is it “problematic” you never said why? Please state WHY it is problematic theologically.

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