The Anglican Consultative Council met for a marathon voting session on April 18th, as part of ACC 2016. Many hoped that the votes and comments made during the forum would provide clarity for Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide on disagreements around the acceptance of people married to partners of the same sex. As previously reported, the group declined to take up for a vote a request that they ‘welcome’ the statement from the primates’ gathering calling for consequences for TEC.
Archbishop of Canterbury, […]
The Rt Revd James Tengatenga, ACC chairman, affirmed the “right and responsibility” of Episcopal Church delegates to vote at the next ACC meeting. This directly contradicts the Primates’ request that TEC not represent the Anglican Communion in global issues. The request was made in January at an unofficial gathering, but it was worded in a way that caused confusion and made many think that TEC was officially barred.
The ACC is the most representative of the four instruments of Communion in the Anglican Communion, […]
The Church of England is holding their regular annual General Synod this week; Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby used his presidential address to make remarks about the Primates’ gathering. Reading a pre-written speech, Archbishop Welby stressed that the Episcopal Church was neither ‘sanctioned’ nor ‘punished’; he sought to clarify the attendance of Archbishop Foley Beach of the non-member Anglican Church of North America, and provided some contextual stage-setting to let others know the circumstances and history behind the occassion.
In a memorable quip, he […]
… we know that the Anglican Church of Canada, Scotland, Whales (sic), Brazil and New Zealand are on the way to toeing the footsteps of TEC. We are yet to be convinced that the restrictions imposed on TEC will be implemented. – Okoh
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry received a letter from clergy in the Church of Ireland, affirming their support for the Episcopal Church, and a notification that they’d disassociated themselves from the statement the Primates issued.
To Most Rev. Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop The Episcopal Church
Most Reverend Sir,
We the undersigned serving and retired clergy of the Church of Ireland greet you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
1. We dissociate from the decision of the Primates’ Meeting in respect of TEC.
2. We thank you […]
But really, shouldn’t this be expected? Our work for equality and full inclusion, on a communion-wide scale, is a kind of civil disobedience, and civil disobedience is often met with oppression and further injustice. But that doesn’t mean that we should disengage with the Anglican Communion because a couple of dozen men have sought to censure us.
The Community of St Anselm have temporarily relocated to Canterbury and are spending this week praying in Canterbury Cathedral for the Primates as they continue their meeting.
Well, dear friends, it is important because in spite of all the hard feelings and anathemas being hurled at various churches, in spite of colonial history, there are residual feelings of real companionship in the Gospel and real hopes for engagement in common mission.