"Fifty-eight representatives from six dioceses of the Province of the Southern Cone, partners from other provinces and sister churches, met in June 1994 for a consultation on ecclesiology at the Allen Gardiner Centre, Los Cocos, Argentina."
"Three of the seven dioceses of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone welcomed Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, on his recent pastoral visits in South America. The stops included Northern Argentina, Bolivia and Uruguay. In Montevideo [in Uruguay], the Archbishop addressed the meeting of all the bishops and the Provincial Synod.. The province has 40,000 communicants representing many cultures and races."
"At the recent Provincial Synod, a vote was taken on the ordination of women as priests. The vote in favour of the measure received a majority but failed to reach the needed two thirds majority to passs. According to a Provincial press release 'some bishops and delegates spoke of their desire to be faithful to the biblical witness as a reason for their oppostion'. Bishop Sinclair shared his support for the motion, in a statement given just before the motion."
"Deposed Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan was elected Nov, 7  to serve as bishop of a diocese where a majority of members recently voted [4 Oct. 2008] to leave the Episcopal Church and realign with the South America-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. In a related development, a majority of the delegates to the 131st synod of the diocese of Quincy voted that same day to leave the Episcopal Church and realign the diocese under the jurisdiction of the Southern Cone." "The process of reorganizing the diocese continues, Bishop Jefferts Schori noted. Diocese of Virginia Suffragan Bishop David Colin Jones, recently a 'consulting bishop' to the diocese of Pittsburgh, will make his first parish visit Nov. 9  to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Highland Park. Bishop Jones will meet with members of the diocese to discuss his role in the diocese's transition."
"Deputies to the 143rd diocesan convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh on Oct. 4  voted to 240-102 to leave the Episcopal Church. Minutes later, in voice votes on three resolutions, the deputies realigned the diocese with the Argentine-based Anglican Province of the Southern Cone and set up some initial procedures for accomplishing that manoeuvre. The vote was the culmination of the diocese's continuing theological disputes with the Episcopal Church and many diocesan leaders later said the decision put the diocese in what they called 'the Anglican mainstream'."
"Bishop Maurice Sinclair was elected Primate of the Province of the Southern Cone earlier this year . In this portrait of the new primate by Nicola Currie, Bishop Sinclair outlines the importance of the Anglican Church as a via media in the South American situation. Continuing in a second article on the province, the Rev. Bob Duffield, the General Secretary of the South American Missionary Society in Australia shows how this via media is realized in different dioceses of the province."
"The Province of the Southern Cone of America is a province of contrasts and contradictions. It bribngs together 27,000 Anglicans from Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru. It unites Indian, Latin and European. It is perhaps the most un-English of the Anglican provinces, yet most of its bishops are English ...".
The following pastoral statement is released to the Church by the Primate and the Metropolitan Archbishops of each of the four ecclesiastical provinces.
Greetings in the name of the One who was, who is, and who is to come -- our Lord Jesus Christ
The Mission Statement of the Anglican Church of Canada opens with these statements: “As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the universal Church, we proclaim and celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in worship and in action. We value our heritage of Biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops and synods and the rich variety of our life in community.”
It is fundamental to the values and mission of our Church that we welcome and respect freedom of individual conscience and the theological convictions of a diverse membership. Our General Synods have consistently strived to honour every voice as the Church works through contentious and difficult issues before it. This is particularly true in the way the Church has endeavoured to address matters of human sexuality including the blessing of same-sex unions.
The report of the Primate's Theological Commission commonly known as the St. Michael Report has described this issue as matter of doctrine but not core doctrine. General Synod concurred with this opinion last June. The St. Michael Report also declared that the matter need not be a Communion-breaking issue.
It is in this context that we deplore recent actions on the part of the Primate and General Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone to extend its jurisdiction into Canada through the Essentials Network Conference. This action breaks fellowship within the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Communion
We affirm the statement unanimously agreed to by the Council of General Synod which appeals to the Archbishop of Canterbury “to make clear that such actions are not a valid expression of Anglicanism.” We too appeal to him in his capacity as one of the instruments of communion and as chair of the Primates' Meeting to address the very serious issues raised by this intervention
The actions by the Primate of the Southern Cone are not necessary. Our bishops have made adequate and appropriate provision for the pastoral care and episcopal support of all members of the Anglican Church of Canada, including those who find themselves in conscientious disagreement with the view of their bishop and synod over the blessing of same-sex unions. These provisions, contained in the document known as Shared Episcopal Ministry, were adopted by the House of Bishops and commended by the panel of reference appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The actions by the Primate of the Southern Cone are also inappropriate. They contravene ancient canons of the Church going as far back as the 4th century, as well as statements of the Lambeth Conference, the Windsor report and the Communiqué from the Primates' Meeting earlier this year. Furthermore these actions violate Canon XVII of the Anglican Church of Canada which states that “No Bishop priest or deacon shall exercise ordained ministry in a diocese without the license or temporary permission of the Diocesan Bishop.”
Any ministry exercised in Canada by those received into the Province of the Southern Cone after voluntarily relinquishing the exercise of their ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada is inappropriate, unwelcome and invalid. We are aware that some bishops have, or will be making statements to that effect in their own dioceses.
In the meantime we rejoice in this season of Advent in which we once again begin that great journey of tracing the steps of our Lord's most holy life through the liturgy of a new year.
We rejoice in the gift of word and sacrament. We rejoice in the gift of our baptism and in the great gift of the Eucharist. We rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth and empowers us to proclaim the gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ in word and action.
We respect the diversity of opinion in our Church over many issues. We respect the manner in which we take counsel together and honour the intention of all those who even in the midst of struggle desire to remain within the fellowship of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Let us renew our trust in the One who holds us together in the embrace of His love and peace.
We call all Anglicans to a renewed emphasis on mission and prayer for faithful witness in the service of the gospel within our parishes and across the world.
In him whose Advent sets us free.
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate
The Most Rev. Terry Buckle, Archbishop and Metropolitan of British Columbia and Yukon
The Most Rev. John Clarke, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Rupert's Land
The Most Rev. Caleb Lawrence, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Ontario
The Most Rev. Bruce Stavert, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Canada
The revised Statement to the Church was distributed.
Proposal: That the Statement to the Church from the Council of General Synod, Document #038-02-07-11 Revised, be approved. APPROVED BY CONSENSUS
It was agreed that a formal motion was required; therefore, it was
That the Statement to the Church from the Council of General Synod, Document #038-02-07-11 Revised, be approved. CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY #06-11-07
The Statement to the Church is attached as Appendix A.
Bishop Colin Johnson rose on a Point of Order to ask when the statement would be made public. Response: The statement had been sent immediately on passing to the House of Bishops and would be posted on the Anglican Church of Canada’s website as part of the CoGS highlights on Saturday morning.
A Statement to the Church from the Council of General Synod
[Mississauga, Ontario] November 17, 2007 -- The Council of General Synod approved the following statement unanimously.
The Council of General Synod, meeting in Mississauga, Ont., from Nov. 16 to 18 2007, has received with concern the news that Bishop Donald Harvey, has voluntarily relinquished, effective immediately, the exercise of ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada, and intends to be received into the Province of the Southern Cone in South America. Bishop Harvey, retired Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador has been a valued member of our church, and his decision is a source of sadness.
The Anglican Church of Canada welcomes and respects freedom of individual conscience and the theological convictions of its diverse membership. Our General Synods have consistently sought to honour every voice as we work patiently through contentious and difficult issues before our church. Our bishops have made adequate and appropriate provision for the pastoral care and episcopal support of all Canadian Anglicans. We value and respect the diversity of the worldwide Anglican Communion and have expressed our commitment to its ongoing life, even as we also ask for respect and understanding of our own.
To this end we wish to make clear that interventions in the life of our church such as ordinations or other Episcopal acts by any other jurisdictions, are inappropriate and unwelcome. In particular, we cannot recognize the legitimacy of recent actions by the Province of the Southern Cone in purporting to extend its jurisdiction beyond its own borders. We call upon the Archbishop of Canterbury to make clear that such actions are not a valid expression of Anglicanism and are in contravention of the ancient and continuing traditions of the Church. They aggravate the current tensions in the Anglican Communion.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for the world, and our primary task as Christians is to make this Gospel known through action and word. We strongly support our Primate's view that the Church in Canada and throughout the world should make Christ and His mission its central focus. We therefore call upon all our members, lay and ordained, to commit themselves to this priority, and to respect the structures and authority of the Church.
We ask your prayers for our continued fellowship in the Spirit and our unity in the bond of peace.
"A judge in Virginia ruled April 3  that it was appropriate for 11 Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) congregations to file property claims under a portion of Virginia state law that is triggered when there is a so-called 'division' of a church or religious society". "In other news, the U.S. house of bishops, meeting at Navasota, Tex. from March 7-12  voted to depose, or remove from office, Bishop John-David Schofield of the central California diocese of San Joaquin, after the diocese voted last December  to leave the Episcopal Church and align with the South American Province of the Southern Cone. On March 29 , Episcopalians remaining loyal to the church held a convention in Lodi, Calif., that accepted Bishop Jerry A. Lamb as provisional bishop until an episcopal election can be held". "The house of bishops also voted to depose retired bishop William Cox, suffragan of the diocese of Maryland, who also joined the Southern Cone and ordained two priests and a deacon in 2005 at a Kansas church that then left the Episcopal Church. The bishops also learned that Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, a gay man whose election in 2003 was a major factor in the church's division, will not receive a full invitation to July's  Lambeth Conference in England, a once-per-decade gathering of all Anglican bishops".