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Anglican delegates to the UN Commission on the Status of Women express “deep sisterhood”

Anglican delegates to the UN Commission on the Status of Women express “deep sisterhood”

The Anglican Communion delegation to the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women has issued a statement ahead of the close of the meeting on Thursday.

Via ACNS:

We as the Anglican Communion delegation at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW60), March 2016, have experienced a deep sisterhood in our time together. Our sisterhood is built on mutual respect and love, and the relationships in Christ we have with each other.

We have held each other in a deep embrace and found that our convictions lead us to reaffirm the ‘Walking Together‘ Statement made by our sisters in the Anglican Communion delegation at UNCSW 51 in 2007.

We do so mindful of the upcoming meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-16) in Lusaka, Zambia, and offer our continuing prayers for this meeting of our Church leaders.

Indeed, the language of the 2007 statement could have been written in direct response to the recent Primates’ gathering. As such, the UNCSW60 group adopted it in full, appending the text to their own brief statement above.

From the Anglican Women gathered at the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 3 March 2007

In the name of God, Saviour, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.

We, the women of the Anglican Communion gathered in New York as the Anglican Consultative Council delegation to the 51st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and as members of the International Anglican Women’s Network representing the diversity of women from across the world-wide Anglican Communion, wish to reiterate our previously stated unequivocal commitment to remaining always in “communion” with and for one another.

We remain resolute in our solidarity with one another and in our commitment, above all else, to pursue and fulfil God’s mission in all we say and do.

Given the global tensions so evident in our church today, we do not accept that there is any one issue of difference or contention which can, or indeed would, ever cause us to break the unity as represented by our common baptism. Neither would we ever consider severing the deep and abiding bonds of affection which characterize our relationships as Anglican women.

We have been challenged in our time together by the desperately urgent issues of life and death faced by countless numbers of women and children in our communities. As a diverse delegation, we prayerfully reflected on these needs.

We thus reaffirm the conclusion of the statement presented by our delegation to this year’s Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women:

This sisterhood of suffering is at the heart of our theology and our commitment to transforming the whole world through peace with justice. Rebuilding and reconciling the world is central to our faith.

Amen.

Photo Credit: Terrie Robinson / ACO via ACNS

 

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Jim Naughton

I was delighted to read this letter. It's gracious as all get out, but it's also a sharp rebuke of the primates and their penchant for self-trivialization.

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Cynthia Katsarelis

These are healing words through which one can know the love of Christ. It is just great to hear them. As we wrap up UNCSW60, one of the joys was getting to spend time in worship, meeting, and yes, partying, with our sisters in the Anglican Communion.

Right back at you! We will remain in communion regardless of what the men say or do. The Body of Christ is bigger than the primates and it is not under their control. And praise be to God that they don't have to hold that responsibility, they can let it go and pursue the gospel imperatives of compassion and Justice.

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John Chilton

"We ... wish to reiterate our previously stated unequivocal commitment to remaining always in “communion” with and for one another."

One wonders what the outcome of primate meetings/gatherings would be if it was an all-female body.

I'm also reminded of Archbishop Idowu-Fearon's (ACO General Secretary) meeting with Anglican Communion delegation at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,

https://www.episcopalcafe.com/33650-2/

"He also recalled attending a meeting of the Nigerian provincial standing committee in 2003 after the Episcopal Church had agreed to ordain openly gay Episcopal priest Gene Robinson as the bishop of New Hampshire. During that meeting, the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, were being discussed. A senior bishop declared that the development goals are “ways of the West wanting to poison our minds and remove us from focusing on the gospel.” Idowu-Fearon said the bishop refused to back down when he challenged him.

“You see what ignorance does? That’s ignorance,” he said, “but, I thank God that even though Nigeria did not buy into it, other parts of the communion were fully into it.”"

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