"The primates were 'deeply blessed' by the presence at the meeting of Canadian Catholic theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, a worldwide network helping developmentally disable people, said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Vanier preached to the primates on the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet -- then knelt down and washed the feet of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Hiltz said. The other followed suit. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called the foot-washing 'a powerful thing of humility .. a powerful thing of closeness after a very hard working week'. Welby said he was 'quite unravelled' by the experience". [Text of entire article.]
"The Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) committed itself to 'walk together' with the primates of the Anglican Communion in response to Archbishop Justin Welby's report on January's Primates' Gathering and Meeting in Canterbury [, which set out 'consequences' for the US-based Episcopal Church following its decision to change its regulations to allow same-sex marriage. The Archbishop briefed members of the ACC about the Primates' meeting. A resolution to receive the report was part of a consent list approved by the Council. Speaking at the end of the ACC-16 meeting, Archbishop Welby welcomed the resolution. 'The actions of the ACC demonstrate that it is working in close collaboration with the Primates, as has been the aim since both started and is set out especially in Resolution 52 of the Lambeth Conference 1988', he said. 'The Anglican Communion finds its decisions through spiritual discernment in relationship, not through canons and procedures. Primates' Meetings, Lambeth Conferences and ACCs are not a question of winning and losing, but of discerning together in love'". [Text of entire article.]
"When the senior archbishops of the Anglican Communion gathered in Canterbury Cathedral in January  they did so against a background of complex disagreements. But despite what the Archbishop of Canterbury [Justin Welby] described as 'quite difficult' discussions, the leaders agreed to 'walk together' and the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, said that he was 'full of hope for our Church and for the world', as he disclosed that the Primates washed each other's feet and prayed blessings on each other during the final Eucharist in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral on Friday morning [15 January 2016]. 'We read the passage from the foot washing and we passed the basin around and the towel, and we washed each other's feet', he said. 'That's a powerful thing of humility. That's a powerful thing of closeness after a very hard working week'." [Text of entire article.]
Speaking to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS) at their fall 2015 meeting, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, in his "State of the Union" address that hope "was the dominant theme to have emerged from a number of meetings and other events the church engaged in this year. Among the most important of these, he said, were events related to the legacy of the Indian residential school system: the final national gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the release of its final report and 94 Calls to Action in June ". "As the church lives out these Calls to Action, 'we are going to change. We're not going to be the church we are now', he said. One of the exciting challenges now facing the church, Hiltz said, is the development of new structures allowing its Indigenous members to be more self-determining -- most notably, through the possible creation of a fifth, ecclesiastical province". "While seeming to disavow ay political partisanship, Hiltz said the new federal government also have him hope for the future". "The primate also said that, despite the considerable sensitivity of the issue and the difficulty the church has had in the past coming to decisions around sexuality, he was optimistic about the discussions around the marriage canon expected at the General Synod next summer . 'Nobody wants a fight. We've been there so many times as a church, and we've come away from General Synods having fought over sexuality, and felt disappointed and disillusioned knowing we've hurt one another'. Hiltz also said he was looking forward to the meeting of Anglican Communion primates this month [January 2016] at the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury, despite rumblings from some quarters". Hiltz said "I am uneasy with the rhetoric in the Communion that talks about how fragile the Communion is, or how broken it is -- that's not my read". "Hiltz also spoke about the Episcopal Church of Cuba, which has enjoyed close ties to the Anglican Church of Canada in recent decades as a result of the U.S. embargo of Cuba. As Anglican Cubans anticipate the complete lifting of this embargo, Hiltz said, they look forward to rejoining The Episcopal Church, but hope their relationship with the Anglican Church of Canada will not be cut completely".
"In his reflections during the last session of Council of General Synod (CoGS) for the past triennium, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada expressed frustration that Anglicans have not exhibited the same degree of passion for other social justice issues as they have for debates about same-sex marriage. 'I long for a time in our church when there is as much attention and conviction and passion and voice and action from the rooftops about sexual exploitation, about gender-based violence, human trafficking for the sex trade, missing and murdered Indigenous women, pornography, religiously-based violence around the world, our violence against creation itself, and the greed and the reckless consumption that drives it', said Archbishop Hiltz". "Hiltz spoke to CoGS at length about his experience at the January  meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion, and the status of relations within the global Anglican Communion following their decision to censure The Episcopal Church (TEC) for its 2015 decision to perform same-sex marriages. .... He noted that despite this call from the primates, TEC has indicated that it will send representatives to the upcoming Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in April , and Hiltz said he expects they will participate as 'full members'. The provinces of Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, among others, have announced that their bishops will boycott the meeting because of the American attendees". "Hiltz said that the Canadian church will be represented at the ACC by Bishop Jane Alexander of the diocese of Edmonton, Suzanne Lawson and Archdeacon Michael Thompson, the church's general secretary, who will be standing in for Archdeacon Harry Huskins, who is unable to attend for health reasons".
"It would have been premature and beyond his authority to stand together with The Episcopal Church (TEC) over same-sex marriage at the Primates' Meeting in Canterbury January 11-15 , said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Hiltz suggested some people have said he should have come out more strongly in defence of TEC". "To have voluntarily accepted the same measures for the Anglican Church of Canada, Hiltz said, would have meant overstepping his authority as primate, since General Synod has not yet voted on the matter. 'I was not and am not prepared to take any action that would pre-empt the outcome of our deliberations at General Synod in July', he said". "Hiltz said he empathized with U.S. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry". "Hiltz added that he was 'deeply impressed' by the way Curry had conducted himself at the meeting. 'He was a stellar example of leadership under pressure, of courage with grace'. Hiltz also apologized for the suffering he said the primates' statement has caused the church's non-heterosexual members, who had been made to feel 'like the sacrificial offering on the altar of the Church's unity'". "At a press conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also apologized to gays and lesbians for 'the hurt and pain in the past and present that the church has caused'".
"Re: 'Worley will not serve as bishop of Caledonia, rules provincial HoB' (May 15, 2017, anglicanjournal.com). The shocking decision to block the Rev. Jake Worley, bishop-elect of the diocese of Caledonia, does not serve the cause of Christ. When politics rule in the church and entrapment is used to accomplish its biased ends, the church and Christ suffer. The question posed by the provincial bishops does not represent a concluded issue in the Anglican Communion. Witness the January 2016 Primates' Meeting where Archbishop Foley Beach of ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) was included [for part of the meeting] with the Anglican Communion bishops. Was he dismissed because he represents another jurisdiction of Anglicanism ? Of all people, he represents this jurisdiction as its head. Yet, the provincial bishops have done what not even the Archbishop of Canterbury ventured to do: they have prematurely drawn a conclusion on that issue without due regard to these larger Communion developments nor those who elected Worley. Whose ends were they serving ? How disrespectful to Christ and the people of Caledonia". [Text of entire article.]