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Since 2010 it has been the habit of the four primates of the Anglican/Episcopal and Lutheran churches in full communion in the US & Canada to meet together. Last week marked Presiding Bishop Curry’s first meeting with the other three primates as they gathered at the church headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago IL.
We call the Church to pray for Standing Rock, for Good Minds to prevail and for peaceful settlement. We also call the Church to pray for water, that is taken for granted in many of our communities but good water is getting scarce in our communities. We call upon the Church to pray for our governments, both Indigenous and Settler, that they may work together to protect our fragile Mother Earth. Flowing waters are the arteries of our Creator, precious and life giving. Without water, there is no life here on Mother Earth. Pray that our Creator, God, will help us to live in balance and harmony with each other and with Earth, Fire, Air and Water.
The Anglican Church of Canada has been directly involved with material and financial support of the Anglican church of Cuban with the Canadian Primate’s participation in the Metropolitan Council of Cuba. However, the Canadian Primate, the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, has stated recently to his church that the continued participation of the ACoC in the life of the Cuban church at this point is unknown. The Cuban church has made a request to General Convention to reunite with TEC.
The Most Revd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Revd Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Church in America and the Revd Canon Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada gathered in Washington DC over 24 & 25 SEP.
During August, the 8th National Anglican Sacred Circle of the Anglican Church of Canada has been meeting in Port Elgin ON. The Sacred Circle is the Indigenous Anglican Church in Canada. Finally on 25 AUG, Sol Sanderson, from the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice, read a draft document from the Commission that was a proposal for a fifth ecclesiastical province for the Anglican Church of Canada. After careful consideration the Sacred Circle came to a consensus on the proposal and endorsed sending it to the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.
Friday, 21 AUG, the commission on the marriage canon held it’s final meeting in the national offices of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) in Toronto Ontario Canada. The commission has had one mandate, to make recommendations to CoGS on the feasibility of changing the ACoC’s canon 21 – the marriage canon – to allow same gender marriage.
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