Support the Café
Search our site

Consultants reinstated as full members by Archbishop of Canterbury

Consultants reinstated as full members by Archbishop of Canterbury

Two consultants of the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) have been reinstated as full members at the request of the Commission’s chairman.


The Anglican Communion website reports:

Acknowledging that members of IASCUFO are present in virtue of skills relevant to the work of the Commission and are not present as representatives of their Provinces, Archbishop Williams has requested that the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon reinstate Archbishop Zavala and Dr. Grieb.

The Archbishop of Canterbury had, in a 2010 letter, made the two persons “consultants” rather than full members of the committee based on actions of their province. Williams wrote then:

…when some part of that fellowship speaks in ways that others find hard to recognise, and that point in a significantly different direction from what others are saying, we cannot pretend there is no problem.

And when a province through its formal decision-making bodies or its House of Bishops as a body declines to accept requests or advice from the consultative organs of the Communion, it is very hard (as noted in my letter to the Communion last year after the General Convention of TEC) to see how members of that province can be placed in positions where they are required to represent the Communion as a whole. This affects both our ecumenical dialogues, where our partners (as they often say to us) need to know who it is they are talking to, and our internal faith-and-order related groups.

I am therefore proposing that, while these tensions remain unresolved, members of such provinces – provinces that have formally, through their Synod or House of Bishops, adopted policies that breach any of the moratoria requested by the Instruments of Communion and recently reaffirmed by the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) – should not be participants in the ecumenical dialogues in which the Communion is formally engaged. I am further proposing that members of such provinces serving on IASCUFO should for the time being have the status only of consultants rather than full members. This is simply to confirm what the Communion as a whole has come to regard as the acceptable limits of diversity in its practice.

Dr. Grieb had recently been part of a video issued by the IASCUFO in favor of the Anglican Covenant, discussed here in the Episcopal Cafe.

Dislike (0)
0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

6 Comments
Newest
Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Josh Magda

Sad, sad, sad. I am glad they are back.. but this just show you how debased Rowan's actions have been. Our representatives get shut out, but what about the representatives of those instigating hatred of LGBT people, causing schism/interfering with other dioceses, leading to a climate where genocide gets the church's tacit approval?

That is secondary to a bishop's confirmation because there is a disagreement over six verses of Scripture?

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Roger Mortimer

Intended to show a kinder, gentler Covenant as C of E diocesan voting gets critical?

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Bill Dilworth

It seems odd that it would take anybody this long to reach that decision.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Peter Pearson

Did you ever get the feeling that all this officious intimidation will ultimately backfire on the ABC and the CofE? If we truly believe we are doing the right thing, then we have to keep moving forward no matter what anybody says or what the cost to ourselves might be. That's not arrogant; it's faithful.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Bill Moorhead

"The Instruments of Communion and ... the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO)"

I'm surprised they didn't make Cullen Murphy's new book.

Like (0)
Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café