Support the Café

Search our Site

Virginia Bishops Response to Ghanaian Bishops Position on anti-LGBTQ Bill

Virginia Bishops Response to Ghanaian Bishops Position on anti-LGBTQ Bill

From the Diocese of Virginia

Virginia Bishops Response to Ghanaian Bishops Position on anti-LGBTQ Bill

A response from the Bishops of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia to the Statement of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in Ghana, in which the Ghanaian Bishops support the anti-LGBTQ+ bill currently before the House of Parliament of Ghana.

October 28, 2021

Greetings, to our siblings in Christ in our beloved Anglican Communion, especially the Bishops in the Internal Province of Ghana,

We give thanks for relationships across borders and celebrate our unity in Christ Jesus.

 The Triangle of Hope work that we in the Diocese of Virginia share with our sister dioceses of Liverpool, England, and Kumasi, Ghana, has been a growing source of encouragement as we move more fully into God’s Beloved Community. Through this ministry, we strive to be a part of wider efforts to overcome the barbarous injustice of the slave trade and its continuing legacy and impact. We have undertaken this work in a spirit of mutual affection and truth. It is in such a spirit that, even while we continue to address our own challenges to live fully into Jesus’ love and justice, we seek to honor our relationships by speaking truth in love, as St. Paul urges.

 We therefore convey that the recent statement of our fellow bishops of the Internal Province of Ghana- Anglican Communion, “Statement In Support of the Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill by the Anglican Church, Ghana (House of Bishops),” concerns us deeply, and so we cannot remain silent on this matter. This measure and its implications are in direct conflict with the 1998 Lambeth Conference Resolution I.10 statement on human sexuality (full text) and the 2016 Primates’ Meeting Communique (full text). In this Communique all Anglican Primates, pledged “to reject criminal sanctions” against members of the LGBT+ community, and to “condemn homophobic prejudice and violence.”

 The proposed legislation places LGBTQI+ persons in danger of violence and harassment and could encourage injustice in other parts of the Anglican Communion as well. We prayerfully and respectfully urge our fellow bishops to remove their support of this deeply concerning legislation, and we ask them to uphold the pledges our Church has made.

 In this, we are in agreement with and support of the statements by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby (full text), who cited both the Lambeth Resolution and the Primates’ Communique, Bishop Paul Bayes of Liverpool (full text), and the Right Rev. Jonathan Frost, Dean of York and Bishop-designate of Portsmouth (full text).

 Living in the hope and freedom of Christ that we desire for all God’s children, we commit to and honor our relationships, where in the power of the Holy Spirit, we may work out any differences in love, seeking true reconciliation for all.

 In Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff
Bishop Suffragan and Ecclesiastical Authority

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
Assistant Bishop

The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor
Assisting Bishop

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.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts

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