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".
Former Archbishop, Sir Paul Reeves, comments on South Africa, calling it a "beautiful but sad country" and calls for change saying "We hope and pray for progress but we must never give away our prophetic and critical edge".
Toronto - Enclosed are the Christmas Messages of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Robert Runcie, and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Rev. Edward W. Scott.
If you are wondering about the signature on Archbishop Runcie's message, it is his official signature "Robert Cantuar." Cantuar is the ancient Latin name of his diocese of Canterbury.
Along with these messages may I include my own personal best wishes for the holiday season and for health and satisfaction in your work in the new year. Thank you very much for your co-operation in 1985 and please feel free to get in touch at any time if I can be of assistance to you in 1986.
The Rev. Richard J. Berryman
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Message 1985
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men."
The heart of the message of Christmas is this - the good news of God's entering our world in the birth of Jesus to share our lives, our suffering, even our death. And in so identifying with us, with our trials and tribulations, he turns them around, bringing good out of evil, compassion out of cruelty, hope out of horror. Let us hold on to this message as we look ahead, and as we remember a trying and troubled year for many parts of our Anglican family.
Throughout 1985 we have experienced famine in the Sudan and Ethiopia; continued conflict in Central America and the Middle East; revelation of atrocities in Uganda; riots on the streets of English cities; oppression and violence in South Africa; a devastating earthquake in Mexico City; communal conflict and refugees in Southeast Asia.
Perhaps South Africa has been most on our minds. Archbishop Philip Russell has led the Church there in a gentle but firm manner, making it clear that the Church can never support a system which treats men and women as less than human because of the colour of their skin.
The prophetic witness of Bishop Desmond Tutu has caught the attention and warmed the hearts of many. His is a ministry characterised by a powerful mixture of courage, realism and humility. He knows his needs of others: he cannot achieve lasting peace and goodwill in South Africa alone. He must maintain the support of his own people, and he must win the support of the white population and the government. He needs the practical sympathy of the international community and of the Church. I am regularly in touch with him as are many others of you throughout the Anglican family. We pray that his moderate voice is not silenced.
In South Africa, Uganda, Nicaragua, Argentina, Ireland, Britain, Mexico, Jordan and Sri Lanka we are learning in the Communion that when one member suffers, we all suffer. And we are learning to express our common sympathy in ways which build up the common good.
Let us pray this Christmas that our common life and witness may bear glory to God int he highest, build peace on earth, and bear good will towards all.
[signed] Robert Cantuar
A Christmas Message to the People of Canada from the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
At Christmas every year I am struck by the profound simplicity of the revelation contained in the all too familiar song of the angels, that God wills good for his people and calls people to will good for each other.
As you may have seen in the media recently, I have accepted new responsibility to be the Canadian appointee to the Commonwealth Commission on Southern Africa. Part of my reason for doing that is that I see the Commission as a concrete move to achieve ways and means for people who find themselves trapped in tragic circumstances to will good to and for each other. In that, I am doing, on an international scale, no more than we all should be endeavouring to do not only at Christmas, but throughout every day of our lives at the personal level.
I wish two things for the people of my country this Christmastide. First that we may recover the sense that we live out the ordinariness of our daily lives in the midst of eternity. That what we do each day has eternal value. That seems so simple, but is so profound. If we receive that gift, my second wish will follow.
It is that that profound truth will set each of us free, empower us to will good and to reach in love to each other. As two lines of a poem I read recently say, "Having glimpsed some magnificent overpowering truth, Makes me doubt the finality of anything less."
The overpowering truth that we see in the Birth in the manger, that God will us good and calls us to will good for each other should cause us to doubt the finality of the pride of race, the greed of power, the fear of those who are different, and the pessimism that this is a God-forsaken world.
God has not foresaken this world. Christmas tells us he is immersed in its human life and history. We go out day by day to meet him in it. That is our reason for hope in the face of all the hopelessness of our weary world.
Good will to you all and hope fill your hearts and homes this Christmas.
"First published by Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd. 1956. First issued in Fontana Books 1957. Second Impression, October 1957. Third Impression, July 1958. Fourth Impression, February 1960. Fifth Impression, November 1960. Sixth Impression, May 1964. Seventh Impression, September 1965. Eighth Impression, June 1968." -- verso of t.-p.
The author "described his twelve year ministry in Sophiatown, the coloured quarter outside Johannesburg from 1944-1956. The last years were bitter years, when he found himself embroiled in constant conflict with the government and the police; indeed the manuscript of his book only escaped seizure by a matter of twenty-four hours. .... He tells of the successive intrusions by the South African government upon the personal liberties of its subjects. South Africa has become, he says, a police state. He tells of his fight to uphold the rights of the black man and of the acts of defiance to which circumstances and his conscience as a Christian have driven him. Is the Church again, he asks, to bend over backwards to appease a government set upon a policy that is evil and un-Christian ? In posing the question of the church's attitude to politics, Fr. Huddleston, a man of great compassion and love for his fellow-men in distress, raises a problem of fundamental importance in this or any age". -- back cover.
Contents: Preface to the Fontana Edition / Trevor Huddleston -- Out of Africa -- The Daylight and the Dark -- Till There Be No Place -- The Christian Dilemma -- The Tsotsi -- Shanty Town -- Sophiatown -- Who Goes There ? -- Education for Servitors -- Out Damned Spot -- Comfort, Use and Protection -- Joy and Woe -- And Have Not Charity -- Epilogue -- Appendix: The Fagan Report -- Father Huddleston.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain, Collins Clear-Type Press, London and Glasgow.
Led by host Archbishop Desmond Tutu and members of the Church's Board of Social Responsibility, delegates to the joint Cape Town meeting visited the communities of Blue Downs, Nyanga and Khayelitsha in the township areas near Cape Town on 27 January 1993 in order to see the conditions in which so many South Africans live.
The author has written this book "because he is driven by a passionate sense of justice, to be rendered in love, and by the conviction that the establishment of justice must be fought for if it cannot be achieved by any other means. After showing his views are quite compatible with those of Jesus and the New Testament, he discusses, often with illustrations from personal experience, the limitations as well as the strengths of non-violence. He then looks specifically at the violence in Northern Ireland; in Palestine, South Africa, Central and South America before going on to discuss international war. His conclusions are drawn together in a final chapter". -- back cover.
Contents: Dedication -- Preface -- Force and the Gospel -- Justice -- Three Men of Peace -- Violence in Northern Ireland -- Palestine, South Africa, Central and South America -- War -- What Now ? -- Notes -- Index.
Colophon: Phototypeset by J and L Composition Ltd, Filey, North Yorks and printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk.
Author is a member of the Church of England and attached to the Society of All Saints Sisters of the Poor, Oxford, England.