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“Walking together” task group members named

“Walking together” task group members named

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is among the ten members of a newly-formed “task group” appointed to continue the work of “walking together” committed to at January’s Primates’ Meeting.

Via ACNS:

A task group has been appointed to “maintain conversation” among the Primates of the Anglican Communion as requested during the Primates’ Gathering and Meeting in Canterbury Cathedral in January. The Primates asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to establish the group as part of their commitment to “walk together” despite “deep differences”.

The primates requested the group “with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.”

… The group will meet together at least once each year; with additional meetings held electronically. Its terms of reference including working out “the modalities for the implementation of the requests from the Primates” and to provide regular briefings to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The assembly of the task group was confirmed at the recent Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, but its membership was not made public at that time. Today, Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon named the group members as:

Archbishop Richard Clarke from the Church of Ireland;
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry from the US-based Episcopal Church;
Bishop Govada Dyvasirvadam, Moderator of Church of South India;
Archbishop Ian Ernest, from the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean;
Archbishop Philip Freier, from the Anglican Church of Australia;
Archbishop Ng Moon Hing, from the Province of South East Asia;
Canon Rosemary Mbogo, the Provincial Secretary of the Anglican Church of Kenya;
the Rt Revd Linda Nicholls
, Coadjutor Bishop of Huron in the Anglican Church of Canada;
Canon Elizabeth Paver, former vice chair of the ACC from the Church of England;
Bishop Paul Sarker, the Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh.

Their initial meeting date has not yet been set.

Post corrected: Canon Elizabeth Paver is the former vice chair of the ACC, not the Rt Revd Linda Nicholls as originally implied.

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Dan Ennis

Given that Archbishop Welby turned a "primate's gathering" into a "Primates Meeting," I have high hopes that he'll declare this "Task Group" is actually called the "Proper British Straight Fellow Clerical Jamboree 2016!"

And in 24 months he'll refer to it as the Lambeth Conference.

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David kosar

Sad to me that we have to have a conversation on this. Honestly, I am ready to walk away from the communion. Being the subject of division has gotten very old and tiring. I will say the PB is a better man than Me.

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Bryan Bjerring

Clearly an announcement crafted in England. "The US based" Episcopal Church? It IS the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, period!

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David Allen

The Episcopal Church of the United States of America is incorrect. The Episcopal Church in the United States of America is the full name, which was shortened to The Episcopal Church in recent years for the very reasons raised by Ann.

However, folks in other Communion churches, such as the Scottish Episcopal Church, have pointed out that The Episcopal Church sounds exclusivist, like TEC was the only episcopal church. So Anglicans/Episcopalians all over the world usually designate TEC as being US-based. As does the Wikipedia article about TEC, which I'm sure is written and maintained by TEC folks.

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Ann Fontaine

Actually "US based" is correct as The Episcopal Church comprises churches in other countries - we have dioceses in the United States, Taiwan, Micronesia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Navajoland Area Mission.

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Prof. Christopher Seitz

"And +Michael’s appointment, however essential, doesn’t violate the three ban? Or not?"

Here is the specific charge, which sounds very clear. The group is commissioned by the Primates; it is for restoration, rebuilding, healing the legacy of hurt.

Hard to imagine how +Curry would not be fundamental to the gathering.

"A task group has been appointed to “maintain conversation” among the Primates of the Anglican Communion as requested during the Primates’ Gathering and Meeting in Canterbury Cathedral in January. The Primates asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to establish the group as part of their commitment to “walk together” despite “deep differences”.

The primates requested the group “with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.”

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Michael Hartney

"... the US-based Episcopal Church")
Isn't this an odd way to identify us? We are The Episcopal Church. Other Provinces get their proper names and we get "the US-based Episcopal Church"?

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Marshall Scott

Also, "Episcopal" is in the designation of other national churches including the Scottish Episcopal Church and The Episcopal Church of Brazil (which I will not try to render in Portuguese, so as not to make a hash of it).

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David Allen

Our siblings in Brazil cover both bases as the name in English and Portugese is Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, from Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil.

Sudan is also named an Episcopal Church.

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Paul Powers

The names of the other Provinces include a geographical reference. "The Episcopal Church" doesn't.

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