Ugandan Archbishop walks out of Primates meeting

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from the website of the Anglican Church of Uganda:

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s Update on the Primates Gathering in Canterbury

13th January 2016

Dear Bishops, Clergy, and Lay Leaders in the Church of Uganda,

Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers for me as I traveled to Canterbury, England, for the gathering of Primates called by the Archbishop of Canterbury to address the events that caused the fabric of the Anglican Communion to be torn at its deepest level. We traveled well, and I’m writing to give you a brief update.

On the second day of the gathering, I moved a resolution that asked the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to voluntarily withdraw from the meeting and other Anglican Communion activities until they repented of their decisions that have torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level. They would not agree to this request nor did it appear that the Archbishop of Canterbury and his facilitators would ensure that this matter be substantively addressed in a timely manner.

Sadly, after two long days of discussions, I was concerned that the process set up for this meeting would not permit us to address the unfinished business from the 2007 Primates Meeting in Dar es Salaam.

In accordance with the resolution of our Provincial Assembly, it was, therefore, necessary for me to withdraw from the meeting, which I did at the end of the second day. It seemed that I was being manipulated into participating in a long meeting with the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada without the necessary discipline being upheld.  My conscience is at peace.

I have left the meeting in Canterbury, but I want to make it clear that we are not leaving the Anglican Communion. Together with our fellow GAFCON Provinces and others in the Global South, we are the Anglican Communion; the future is bright. The door is open for all those who seek communion on the basis of a common confession of our historic, Biblical faith for which the Ugandan Martyrs, Archbishop James Hannington, Archbishop Janani Luwum and many others around the world have died. We are part of a global movement of Anglicans who follow the God who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I will share more with you in due course, but I wanted you to know directly from me what is happening in Canterbury. I have never been more happy and proud to be part of the Church of Uganda.

Yours, in Christ,

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.

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Anne Bay
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Anne Bay

As a lifelong Episcopalian and thankful to be such, I think the time has come to divide up the Anglican Communion. The American church is trying to keep up with modern scientific and cultural findings, whereas there are several branches of the Anglican world communion who have their own agenda, like Uganda. The bottom line is countries like Uganda have a multiplicity of issues to deal with-ie. former colonies of England and trying to establish their own autonomy at the expense of being open to modern findings in biology, science, physiology, and cultural norms. I would bid them farewell and be content that they wouldn't be intimidating the poor Archbishop of Canterbury and the English church with their diatribe of condemnations and going home because they don't get their way. I'm proud of the American church's move forward-as Anglicans we are encouraged to use our brains to think through modern knowledge, not to dig our feet into the sand and stand still. I hope the American church has the "balls" so to speak to stick up for themselves. People's lives are at stake, especially the LGBT community, women's rights to have the determining factor in their health, legislation to protect each person's life, no matter what their gender/beliefs/ethnic makeup/etc. When the Prime Minister of Canda, Trudeau, was asked why he appointed people who are of the LGBTcommunity to his cabinet, he simply responded, "It's 2015"!! So, it's now 2016, and it's time to take a stand for modernity in the church as well as politically. Quoting from "Peanuts"- Good grief Charlie Brown!

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Rick Knuth
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Rick Knuth

Uganda has an annual per capita income of just $1613, the life expectancy is 58.5 years (almost 20 years shorter than in the U.S.), and one in three Ugandans under the age of 5 is mal-nourished. And this issue is where the primate of Uganda chooses to direct energies, his resources, and his prophetic voice. Wow.

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John Chilton
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John Chilton

Impotency to solve real problems breeds diversion to phony problems.

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Jeremy Bates
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Jeremy Bates

Yes. And fear of the Other. And a need to establish one's own righteousness.

If you think disease is a moral judgment by God, then you cure AIDS by passing Primates' resolutions.

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Therese Trujillo
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Therese Trujillo

I think that we need to be better and more loving than they are. I think we need to keep reaching out and showing that our love is stronger than the hate of people's "differences."
The LGBT community has turned the other cheek over and over and shown that Love is always better. Stopping the funding of projects that help people is not the way. Let us help them get over their fears. Let us help them get over their hate. Let us reach out and keep reaching out until they recognize that our hands are filled with love.

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Jay Croft
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Jay Croft

Why is this man smiling?

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Emily Windosr
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What cannot be discussed nor be brought up here are the actual causes and effects of the breakdown of families and bloodlines in different areas of the world. Only opinions labeled as "progressive" can be stated, or else one's words are culled.

Never mind, public health. Never mind, Seed of Abraham prophecies with respect to leadership. Never mind, any Kingdom Covenant with a Holy Law, edited and developed to suit diverse populations in different regions of the Earth. Yes, differences depending on circumstances; not unyielding top-down dictatorship.

It's always all or nothing here. I don't think that's what Jesus was teaching us, not one bit.

Emily E

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Leslie Marshall
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Leslie Marshall

I think it's way more loving of Christians to be concerned about potential health risks that same-genital relations may bring than to ignore it.

Don't link to spurious and false reports. -ed

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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As others have said, heterosexuals are equally at risk. Note that in Africa, AIDS is most commonly spread by heterosexual activities. But again, not letting actual facts get in the way of personal bias...

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Gregory Orloff
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Gregory Orloff

Leslie, I seriously doubt you lose sleep at night lying awake out of loving concern over the potential health risks that same-gender (not "genital") relations may bring, but if you read the link you decided to share, you'll find that those same potential health risks are part and parcel of heterosexual relations, too.

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M. J. Wise
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M. J. Wise

You are confusing homosexuality and promiscuity. Furthermore, every activity listed as a same-sex activity is as much a heterosexual activity as it a homosexual activity. I agree that promiscuity is to be avoided. From that perspective, a call to marriage within TEC is very much countercultural.

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Cynthia Katsarelis
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Emily, I think the result of this meeting proves that in the Anglican Communion, it is the voices of hate and actual repression that are leading.

I'm sorry that you think gay people are a "problem." Why you feel justified to make that call is beyond me. Do you boycott Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Bernstein, Michelangelo, and all the contributions made by gay people? Clearly you aren't boycotting computers...

Some of these primates are human rights abusers. Thus far, I have yet to see a conservative come out compassionately on the side of "don't jail them, and try not to encourage them to be killed." As far as conservatives are concerned, these hateful abusers are your standard bearers.

This is not respectable, Emily. A lot of LGBTQ have been murdered, beaten, jailed, humiliated, bullied into suicide, etc. Here in the US and abroad. As far as I can see, that is just fine with the conservative crowd of people who make themselves judges and encourage executioners.

The conservatives more than had their say. And yet the rainbow moral arc of the universe keeps bending towards justice.

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