Who are TEC’s representatives to Anglican Communion bodies?

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The Primates’ Meeting –
The Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

The Anglican Consultative Council –
The Rt Revd Ian Douglas, bishop diocesan of Connecticut, member of the House of Bishops
The Revd Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies of the General Convention
Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, lay person and deputy to the General Convention from the Virgin Islands

The Joint Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion –
The Rt Revd Ian Douglas (elected by the ACC)

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order –
The Revd Katherine Grieb

The International Reformed-Anglican Dialogue –
The Revd Amy E. Richter

Currently, the above members of The Episcopal Church represent TEC in the various bodies of the Anglican Communion. Two of the bodies are considered Instruments of Communion; the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). One is is a standing commission of the AC and the other is an ecumenical dialogue between the AC and the Reformed Churches. Additionally the Joint Standing Committee of the AC is a body with members from both the Primates’ Meeting and the ACC. The ACC will be meeting in Lusaka Zambia 8 -20 APR 2016.

At this moment it is anyone’s guess how the decision of the Primates’ Meeting will affect these respective members of the various AC bodies. The Primates’ Meeting has no constitutional authority to enforce its decisions. The ACC is the only constitutional entity of the AC and it would be up to the members of the ACC how it will act upon the decision of the Primates’ Meeting concerning TEC.

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Daniel Singer
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Daniel Singer

Real simple...Don't marry gays in the church. I don't know any Episcopal church that allows it anyway. Most vestry's won't allow it and neither will most priests. Bishops don't have the authority to make them.

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Kurt Hill
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Kurt Hill

You should get out more, Daniel Singer. I live in NYC and I know a number of bishops and vestries that allow it. My parish priest will happily perform such marriages, so if you know of any gay couples who want to "tie the not" in your neck of the woods but can't find any Episcopal parishes, you can come to NYC.

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

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Daniel Singer
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Daniel Singer

How many gay members do we have? 1800 to 2000? Do you think it is worth throwing the towel in over these guys? 10 times as many Anglicans get murdered in a year over the US Episcopal Church's stance on gays in Africa and Middle East. We are the hypocrites.

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David Streever
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David Streever

TEC could have precisely 0 members who identify as LGBTQ. I hope that it would not change our commitment to speak up against oppression, discrimination, and violence against people who identify as LGBTQ. We don't proclaim the gospel of Christ's love because it's popular, or because it nets us more members. We proclaim it because it is true and because it is what Jesus asked of us.

It is simply untrue that people are being killed anywhere in response to the Episcopal Church proclaiming the Gospel that all people are worthy of dignity, peace, and God's love. You have reversed cause and effect. The reality is that people are murdered & killed & oppressed, and TEC must speak up because of this.

If TEC stopped proclaiming the gospel tomorrow, people would continue to be oppressed, killed, and assaulted all over the world. We live in a broken, sinful, world, and this is merely one manifestation of that.

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Ann Fontaine
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Ann Fontaine

Some already do not accept aid from The Episcopal Church -- and most of our funding for the Communion goes to meeting expenses and funding bureaucracy. Episcopal Relief and Development and Companion Dioceses do more to help the people of these Provinces.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

@ Anne, "Some already do not accept aid from The Episcopal Church..." This is correct. A year or so ago I checked with the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (Canada) which I have always supported, just to clarify that funds were not going to entities that oppress gays and lesbians. I was told that one diocese in Africa refuses Canadian funds; but, happily, the fund itself supports a wide range of projects including some Anglican projects that are GLBTQ friendly but in countries that have questionable human rights records. A little quiet research can go a logn way and often be reassuring.

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Troy Haliwell
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Troy Haliwell

For me, this is a foreshadowing of what will happen in the future since the Southerners have such a huge presence.

But honestly, and I know this may sound harsh, but since the Southern primates want to suspend us, then perhaps we suspend all aid and assistance to those places the primates are bishops of. After all, if you do not recognize us, you don't recognize our aid to you.

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Paul Woodrum
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"Let's grant for a while, that they are Christian leaders, highly educated, not haters, , not homophobes, reasonable people trying to follow Jesus."

Now that is a leap of faith!

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