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Anglican Church of Kenya lifts boycott of Lambeth Conference

Anglican Church of Kenya lifts boycott of Lambeth Conference

The Anglican Church of Kenya has softened its stance against participation in this year’s Lambeth Conference, allowing bishops who wish to attend the once-in-a-decade gathering to do so in their individual capacities instead of a total boycott.

The Nation (Kenya) reports:

However, Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit says the bishops will be doing so because of the “historic nature of the gathering” and “for exposure”.

The bishops who attend the conference will carry with them the church’s memorandum stating ACK’s position especially with regard to the ordination of gay ministers. Archbishop Sapit is among those who will not be attending the conference.

The position was reached during a meeting of the Anglican bishops and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is in the country partly on a private vacation.

“We had very fruitful discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury. That is how we arrived at the point that those who will be going will be doing so in their own capacities since bishops are invited individually but they will take with them our memorandum,” Archbishop Sapit said.

The Nation did not suggest a connection with the recent pastoral statement of the Church of England House of Bishops proscribing sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

Gafcon chose to misrepresent the news:

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You say GAFCON "chose to misrepresent" the Nation article, but I believe that you are imputing a bit too much artistry to the text.

What stands out to me is that you and the tweet's author disagree as to which of the reported facts are most salient. The text of the GAFCON tweet itself makes no connection between the recent CoE statement and Sapit's statement, nor does it say that the connection was made by the Nation in the article.

Now, the line taken by AnglicanInk tweet, quoted in the GAFCON tweet, is that there is the connection between the CoE statement and Sapit's statement. Fine and good. But there is no implication in the quoted AnglicanInk tweet that the link is present in the Nation's article.

So at worst, the link is merely implied by the GAFCON tweet, and only if you assume that the tweet's author is really concerned that you transform the juxtaposition of of the two tweets into an (unjustified) conclusion, such as you have assumed the GAFCON tweet's author was interested in suggesting. Hmmm.

Don't get me wrong: the GAFCON tweet's author has done a bit of shoddy work. A responsible editor (or journalism professor for that matter) should suggest to the author of the GAFCON tweet that it would be best to not to use an analysis piece (the AnglicanInk tweet) as an intermediary source for the Nation's straightforward news piece.

But when you say "chose to misrepresent," I think you are imputing a nefarious motive where there almost certainly is none. I am afraid things are pretty bad these days. I work with student writing all the time, and I see this sort of lack of carefulness all over the place in their essays. Typically much worse, really. If I were to assume that they were actually creating these ambiguities on purpose... Oh my, I think I would be even more cynical than I am at this point.

Thank goodness for cheap bourbon.

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