The first joint meeting of the Anglican Primates and the Anglican Consultative Council met in Cape Town for eleven days in January 1993. Addressing a service of more than 10,000 people, Archbishop George Carey "described Africa as `wounded and bleeding'. He added, `No Christian can be excused from coming to the aid our African brothers and sisters in need'." "A delegation of Anglican leaders under Archbishop Carey held a meeting with South African President F.W. De Klerk that focused on the church's influence on the church's influence on the political process". The primates and the Council "rejected the concept of a special episcopal relationship for parishes opposed to the ordination of women". "Addressing the problem of AIDS, Archbishop Yona Okoth of Uganda, urged a `universal response' by asking `all governments, all churches, all religious bodies to do all in their power to fight this killer of our people". Archbishop French Chang-Him of the Indian Ocean raised the issue of cohabitation, asking "for guidance on what to do about the growing number of unmarried people who live together. `It raises the whole issue of what is marriage', Archbishop Chang-Him said. `It becomes a very theological issue'." The Consultative Council also "urged Israel to comply with a United Nations resolution that Palestinian deportees be returned to their homes on the West Bank and Gaza". The two bodies will probably not meet at the same time again. "Archbishop Eames noted the meeting did not give the primates enough time together, Archbishop Douglas Hambidge, metropolitan of British Columbia, went farther. `I am convinced that the primates and the ACC should never meet together because they have different agendas', he said".
The first African Anglican Bishops' Conference took place at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, from 26 October to 1 November 2004 with the theme "Africa Comes of Age : An Anglican Self-Evaluation". The conference, under the chairmanship of the Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola, Primate of Nigeria and Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa, issued a 12 point communique reproduced in full in this article. In point 8 "The conference reiterates our Biblical position on the ongoing controversy on human sexuality: God created us male and female and we cannot sacrifice truth for any revisionist agenda which leans on a faulty understanding of Christian unity. ...". In point 9 the conference said: "We are grateful for the presence of representatives of the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes ... We salute them their boldness, courage and faithful witness and acknowledge them as our partners in mission in the United States of America".
"Issued jointly by the National Council, Protestant Episcopal Church, New York 10, New York and the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto 5, Ontario".
"We are grateful indeed to all the authors of this book who responded so willingly and promptly to the request of the Joint Study Book Committee to supply chapters on their particular areas of responsibility". -- Acknowledgements.
"This study book is bound to awake the greatest interest because it deals with an exciting subject, and is written by those who know the subject at first hand. .... Among the forces from other countries which are active in Africa today are the influences of communism, of Christian missions, and of Islam. To which of these will Africans turn ? For the development of Africa will continue to depend upon fellowship with the rest of the world. No country can live to itself. .... One of the most important forces in Africa is, of course, the Christian Church, and our Churches in our own country are able to co-operate with Africans through our missionary interest in the Church. You will find here, the record of evangelism and pastoral care, the work of education in Christian schools, and the work of healing in Christian hospitals; a work which we are bound to reinforce with our prayer and our understanding and our assistance. I believe that the leadership is there in Africa; I have been deeply impressed by the splendid African bishops whom I have met at various conferences, but they still need our co-operation". -- Foreword.
Contents: The Dioceses of the Anglican Communion in Africa -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword dated Bishopthorpe, Quebec, P.Q., March 25, 1959 / Philip Quebec i.e. Carrington, Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada -- Scanning the African Horizon / [F.H.W. Crabb] -- The Church and Education / [Joyce Herklots] -- The Church in Agriculture / [Kenneth Prior] -- The Church's Concern for Health / [J. Gilbert H. Baker] -- The Church and Multi-racial Society / [Richard R. Roseveare] -- The Church in Liberia / [James F. Hopewell] -- Epilogue / [M.A.C. Warren] -- The Authors.
Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) representatives meeting in Harare say that the needs of Africa are being neglected in favour of those of Eastern Africa. Members also debated the participation of church leaders in government. This was sparked by the presence of Bishop Gabriel Roric Jur of Sudan who has been appointed minister of state for foreign affairs.