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.
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.