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House of Bishops Report #021-04-06-05 : Nigeria

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Date
2006 May 11-14
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 19-05-06
Date
2006 May 11-14
Source
Council of General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution 19-05-06
Mover
Archbishop Caleb Lawrence
Seconder
Rev. Nigel Packwood
Text
That this Council of General Synod confirm the resolution of the House of Bishops concerning legislation before the Nigerian parliament that would prohibit or severely restrict the freedom of speech, association, expression, and assembly of gay and lesbian persons in Nigeria.
Friendly amendment
The mover and seconder agreed to replace the word “confirm” with the words “strongly endorse” The resolution now reads:
That this Council of General Synod strongly endorse the resolution of the House of Bishops concerning legislation before the Nigerian parliament that would prohibit or severely restrict the freedom of speech, association, expression, and assembly of gay and lesbian persons in Nigeria. CARRIED #19-05-06
Notes
The resolution of the House of Bishops is attached as Appendix C.
Appendix C
The Meeting of the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, Niagara Falls, April 23-27, 2006
RESOLUTION
Nigeria
Moved by: Bishop Lawrence
Seconded by: Bishop Poole
"The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada notes with grave concern legislation before the Nigerian parliament that would prohibit or severely restrict the freedom of speech, association, expression, and assembly of gay and lesbian persons in Nigeria. This legislation is inconsistent with the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that recognizes these rights as derived from the inherent dignity of the human person.
The Archbishop and Bishops are especially grieved by the strong and public support for this legislation given by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). Whereas Lambeth 1998 Resolution I.10 called on churches to listen to the experience of homosexual persons, the proposed legislation criminalizes civil and religious same-sex marriage as well as the public and private expression of same-sex affection, all public affiliation between gay persons, and even publicity, public support, and media reporting of the same. The proposed legislation, endorsed in an official communiqué of the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria signed by its Primate, would make the very act of listening to homosexual persons impossible.
The members of the House of Bishops are in full agreement with the Primates’ statement from Dromantine in 2005 that, ‘The victimization or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us.’ The Nigerian legislation, and its endorsement by the Church of Nigeria, is indeed anathema to us, and quite at odds with the grace and love given to all human beings in Jesus Christ.
We therefore disassociate ourselves from the actions of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) that are inconsistent with the Commitments of its bishops made at Lambeth and Dromantine, and we call on Anglicans throughout the Communion to listen to and respect the human rights of homosexual persons.. CARRIED
Subjects
Homosexuality - Law and legislation - Nigeria
Homosexuality - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Resolutions
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Recognition of Extra Diocesan and Extra Provincial Bishops

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Date
2006 October 23-27
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Date
2006 October 23-27
Source
House of Bishops. Minutes
Record Type
Resolution
Mover
Archbishop Caleb Lawrence
Seconder
Archbishop Bruce Stavert
Text
That this National House of Bishops recognize and welcome as a full member of the House the National Anglican Indigenous Bishop, when appointed. CARRIED
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. National Anglican Indigenous Bishop
Anglican Church of Canada. House of Bishops - Membership
Anglican Church of Canada - Bishops
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