"Foreword by: Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Archbishop of Kaduna, Nigeria, and member of the Eames Commission [and] Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham, Bishop of New Westminster, Canada".
"This book is written both as a submission to the Eames Commission [Lambeth Commission], and as a contribution to the subsequent discussion. At the time of writing it contains, to my knowledge, the only detailed plan for resolving the crisis (pp. 19-20)." The thrust of this book "is that the Anglican Church can and should remain intact, but should have in some provinces a parallel episcopal structure similar to that instituted in England when the decision was made to ordain women to the priesthood; and I have used the image of a `quilt' to
describe this. Having completed this second draft, I have convinced myself that a quilt is far preferable to schism, and that becoming a quilt is the only realistic way of avoiding schism. I hope I can convince you (p. 21)". -- Intro.
"This book offers a detailed plan for resolving the present crisis over homosexuality in the Anglican Church, prompted by the appointment of openly gay bishops in the USA and England, and the blessing of a gay partnership in Canada. Tracing the roots of the crisis back to the foundation of Anglicanism over four centuries ago, Robert Van de Weyer shows why ancient divisions have grown wider in recent decades. He argues that the two side [which he calls Evangelicals (or Orthodox) and Incarnationals] now need separate episcopal arrangements -- yet both sides have much to gain by remaining together in a single body". -- back cover.
Contents: Endorsements -- Forewords / Josiah Idowu-Fearon [dated 28 January 2004] and Michael Ingham [dated 4 February 2004] -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction --Proposals for the Whole Anglican Communion -- Theology -- Morality -- Ecclesiology -- Proposals for the Church of England -- Afterword.
Author is a priest of the Church of England.
Colophon: Printed by Tien Wah Press (Pte) Ltd, Singapore.
"Anglicans from around the Communion took part in a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in June , with the theme of 'walking together'. Five primates as well as the Anglican Communion Secretary General, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, accompanied the pilgrims. Among the highlights of the tour were visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Sea of Gallilee. Archbishop Josiah shares his thoughts on the pilgrimage -- and below, there is a reflection from first-time pilgrim Alice Wu from Hong Kong" (p. 20).
From Archbishop Josiah: "The Sunday morning visit in the company of Primate Suhail [sic i.e. Suheil] Dawani to the Temple Mount/al Aqsa Mosque was also very moving for me. That visit was a showcase of the deep and friendly relationship between the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in the Holy Land. We had the minister responsible for this holy place accompany us all through and unlike the tourists, we had a guided tour of both mosques. I was so moved that I spent a significant time praying for these three religious communities and our Communion for reconciliation with respect for differences" (p. 20-21).
From Alice Wu: "The experience of standing on Holy ground -- each and every one of those sites on the itinerary -- was overwhelming" (p. 22). "At the holiest of sites, I felt awestruck by both the close proximity to the Divine and how far we are from being true pilgrims. The shoving, pushing, and invasion of space at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre made me realise how easily we, whether we are pilgrims on the Holy Land, or more importantly, lifelong pilgrims following Christ's footsteps in our lives and in our communities, fall into the trap of monopolising God, and in the process, push, ostracise, reject and hurt those travelling on the same path" (p. 22).
"Thinking of the Christian life as a journey reminds us that we are going somewhere. It encourages us to think ahead, and look forward with anticipation to the joy of arrival". The author reflects on the theme of journeys represented in all the stories of this issue of Anglican World.
"As members of the global church and disciples of Jesus Christ we never stop discovering new things as we learn more about what it means to follow Christ. Studying the Bible together and sharing our stories of faith with one another is an essential part of being a Christian in today's world". "The Anglican Church across the world has always been at the forefront of education, establishing schools and training centres as part of its mission in local communities. Today the church is still actively promoting life-long learning and in this issue of 'Anglican World' there are many examples of how it is helping transform lives through training and education".
"As followers of Jesus Christ we're all members of God's family. The Anglican Communion is a part of that worldwide family too, with churches spread across 165 countries and including some 85 million members". "The Anglican Communion is a family by choice. From Dallas to Peru. from Wales to the West Indies, I have seen for myself how we are stronger to help when we walk together as part of a united family". "This issue of Anglican World looks at how the global family of the Communion is working together to tackle hardship, disease, injustice and putting love into action by striving for peace and reconciliation in places of conflict". "Wherever we are, God calls us to be an active part of his family, making a difference through our prayers and actions to share his message of love in a hurting world. It's good to see that across the Anglican Communion we have enormous opportunities to show God's love in practical ways and see lives transformed".
"People in more than half the provinces of the Anglican Communion are enduring conflict or recovering from recent conflict or facing persecution and so the need for peace and reconciliation is inevitably at the heart of what we do. Many of you will be reading this issue of Anglican World with the Christmas season gathering momentum. We are reminded that Jesus Christ comes to us as the Prince of Peace -- a sign of the hope of reconciliation with our Father God. And the Archbishop of Canterbury said reconciliation and mediation work seem to be in the DNA of Anglicanism, so, it's particularly appropriate that this issue of Anglican World focuses on that theme".
"At this time of the year, Christians around the world are marking the most extraordinary event in history -- when God became flesh and dwelt among us in His Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on and to celebrate how Emmanuel has transformed our own lives and the lives of millions of others through history as the Gospel has spread and his Church has grown". "Earlier this autumn [October 2017], I had the privilege of attending the Primates' Meeting in Canterbury. It was a memorable week. There were primates from 33 provinces present -- 1 of them were new in post. There were difficult issues to discuss, but the atmosphere of warmth, respect and mutual support was extraordinary. One archbishop described it as the best he had attended in years". "We have a new feature in this edition of 'Anglican World' -- Network Briefing. Our networks are international clusters gathered around distinct mission topics. We begin by hearing more about the International Anglican Family Network -- IAFN".
"On a recent visit to the Church in the Province of the West Indies I was inspired by their plans to rekindle the minds and spirit of Anglicans towards intentional discipleship. Their plan of action which aims to focus and renew their faith into practical action in the community is guided by the Five Marks of Mission. .... These Marks of Mission offer a framework for us as we explore what it means to be disciples in all out different cultures and contexts". "As we look towards people coming together from across the Communion for ACC-16 in April and begin to explore what 'intentional discipleship in a world of difference' might mean, I am sure we will be enriched by each others' stories and experiences. My prayer is that the light of Christ will burn more brightly as people's lives are transformed by becoming intentional disciples".
Author is Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.
"A Christian disciple is a person who accepts Jesus Christ as Saviour and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. In this edition of 'Anglican World' we are taking a look at 'Intentional Discipleship' -- which was the theme at the 2016 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia. There is a special report from the first meeting of the international co-ordinating group set up to bring life to the vision". "In this edition we will have a new feature, Provincial Profiles. Every issue of Anglican World will now give some history and points for prayer for two of the Communion's Provinces".
"Prayer is a lifeline for us as individual Christians and as part of the body of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus who taught us to pray and He encouraged us to ask for anything in his name. When I meet members of the Communion in different countries around the world I frequently hear stories of the transforming power of prayer, so it is very fitting that this issue of Anglican World has a focus on prayer and making space for spiritual development".