The decision to exclude the Anglican Church of Canada from two Anglican Consultative committees on which it does not sit is regrettable in principle but will have no practical effect, says Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Canadian church.
"We do regret the decision, although we note it was adopted by an extremely narrow margin," Archbishop Hutchison said. "Had out members and our American colleagues been allowed their vote, it would have failed. We regret that the Anglican Consultative Council made such a decision in a forum in which we are not being allowed to participate an in which we have no voice. There is, after all, a pretty fundamental democratic principle that says that when decisions are made that affect you, you are allowed to speak to them".
Archbishop Hutchison added: "Our hope is that the discussions and debates of the past few days will provide impetus for the discussion about homosexuality and the role of gays and lesbians in the church to begin in those parts of the Anglican Communion where they have not yet begun."
The Consultative Council approved a motion affirming a request made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion last February  that the Canadian and U.S. churches "voluntarily withdraw" their members from the meeting now underway.
The affirming motion stipulated, however, that the Primates' request that the Canadian and U.S. churches withdraw from the ACC should be interpreted as including participation on the standing committee, which meets between triennial sessions of the full council, and inter-Anglican finance and administration committee.
Neither Canada nor the United States have members on those two committees and since their members at this meeting are not participants, they are not eligible for election.
Earlier in the meeting, in response to another request made by the Primates, representatives of the Canadian church made a presentation explaining where it is on the controversial issue of blessing same-sex unions. The U.S. church made a similar presentation explaining how it came to consecrate an openly gay man as bishop.
Archbishop Hutchison, who is scheduled to return to Canada today, said he would be making a full report to the Canadian Church in a statement that will be issued early next week.
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On 2 November 2003, over 3,000 people including 54 bishops and ecumenical guests, gathered at the Whittemore Center, part of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, to consecrate V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as bishop coadjutor of New Hampshire. Objections were read by Meredith Harwood, a parishioner of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Ashland N.H. and the Rt. Rev. David Bena, Suffragan Bishop of Albany. Bishop Griswold the chief presider allowed the consecration to continue saying: "one of the African Primates at the meeting in Lambeth Palace [two weeks ago] had said that the Holy Spirit can be doing different things in different places and I think that's precisely what we are doing here". The consecration drew strong criticism from many in the Communion including the Sub-Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the American Anglican Council. It was also affirmed by the organization Changing Attitude and by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. "Bishop Robinson told the congregation that, although he felt deeply honoured, he urged compassion towards church members angered and upset by his consecration."
Speaking in a personal capacity, during a radio interview on 11 February 1996, Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke in favour of ordaining homosexual people to the priesthood. "When questioned on the Church's attitude to homosexuality, the Archbishop replied " `The Church has not got there yet, but if we were to say that in relationships it is desirable that there is fidelity between a couple, why should we not extend the same conditions to same sex relationships ?' This is my personal position. I am passionate in my opposition to any injustice and I believe I know where our Lord would stand,' he added."
A discussion of the debate on homosexuality within the Anglican Communion. "[W]hy is gay sexuality the explosive issue that could rip the Anglicans apart, and put an end to a century-old and highly-prized international unity, when such contentious issues as the ordination of women, or discussions about union with other churches, failed to cause a split ? In providing his answers, Stephen Bates shows that unity has been prized by some above integrity, and has been the cause of vicious infighting and internal politics. He discusses the milestones of the debate ....Interviews with leading figures on both sides of the divide -- liberal and evangelical -- in which they justify their positions on homosexuality, indicate just how bitter and divisive the dispute has become." -- inside front cover.
Contents: Preface dated Tunbridge Wells, Kent, March 2004 -- The Sorrow and the Pity -- The Word Made Flesh -- In the Beginning Was the Word -- Queer as Folk -- Old as the Hills -- The Day Before Yesterday -- The Dignity of Difference -- Doing the Lambeth Walk -- Then Came Rowan -- Doctor John -- Gene Genie -- Paved with Good Intentions -- Who Bears the Cost ? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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The writer is a lay Roman Catholic, married to an Anglican Evangelical, who is the religious affairs journalist for The Guardian.
"A paper commissioned for the Primates of the Anglican Communion by the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez, the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, and the Most Rev. Gregory Venables". -- t.-p.
"This paper is offered to address the need for a practical statement of the Anglican Communion's self-identity and mission, as warranted by its own official documents and public declarations. In some ways, it serves as a primer for the unique character of Anglicanism as a part of God's plan for the Christian Church. The paper is written in response to the grave threat to the Anglican Communion's continued existence and flourishing posed by the Episcopal Church, U.S.A.'s recent actions in contradiction of the Gospel [i.e. the election and consecration of Gene Robinson as Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire]." -- Preface, p. iv.
"Drafters of the paper: Ephraim Radner, Philip Turner, Christopher Seitz, Andrew Goddard, Peter Walker, Donald Armstrong, Drexel Gomez, Peter Akinola, Gregory Venables". -- Preface, p. iv.
Contents: Preface / Drafters of the Paper -- Summary -- General Convention Actions in Dispute -- General Convention Actions Violate -- Supporters' Justification of Violations -- Primates Role -- Appendix.
Appendix contains: Anglican Communion Statements -- Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral -- The Ordination of Women -- Assessing Parallel Provinces.
An assessment of Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the current state of the Anglican Communion. The author "writes from London. He is former editor of 'The Tablet', the British Catholic weekly. From the 'National Catholic Reporter', USA."
"On September 3  Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams came back from study leave to face the music". "A crunch is approaching at the end of September  when the Episcopal church has been asked to declare that it will no longer bring forward candidates for the episcopate who are living in same-sex unions, and that no bishop will authorize same-sex blessings". "Now 57, [Williams] was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003. There were great hopes that he would find a new Christian language to use and that he would excel in leadership to the nation and the world. In fact he has been dogged from the start by the controversy over the ethics of homosexuality, which has grown to the point where it threatens to splinter the who Anglican Communion. Williams accepts that the communion is changing irremediably, and has speculated about a future inner core of churches with a looser constellation forming a penumbra around them. Many observers fear that the communion is becoming the Anglican federation -- and the critics would add that this was always the truth". Williams "is aware that if the communion wants to present itself as a global church, it has to have appropriate decision-making procedures. And at the present time, it has nothing adequate. There are 'instruments of unity' within the communion ... The present crisis has tested all these instruments (now called 'instruments of communion'), and found them wanting in their current shape". The Windsor Commission set up in 2003 published the Windsor Report in 2004. "Its proposals have a double thrust. On the one hand, the archbishop of Canterbury's hand needs to be strengthened, it says. .... The second key proposal of the report is that the churches of the communion should enter into a 'covenant' that would oblige them to consider 'the loyalty and bonds of affection which govern the relationships between the churches of the communion'. In other words, inter-Anglican relations would be governed by an 'explicit and forceful' code of practice. This would be something new -- a fifth instrument of unity". "Williams, as always, sees both sides of the question. 'I do accept that there are moments when people say, truth before unity. I understand why the Reformation happened ... He commented: 'Clearly some people in the United States have seen this as that sort of moment. I don't'." "He [Williams] hopes that there can still be a 'reasoned discussion' of homosexual ethics, and that the matter is 'not forever definitively closed'. But he is convinced that this is not an issue over which the communion should break, and that as archbishop it is his task to persuade it not to do so. 'Unity leads us to the perception of truth. Unity matters for the maturing and resourcing of people's consciences in a way that you may not realize at this moment or that moment'."
"Williams approach has the sympathy of Rome. His visit to Pope Benedict XVI last year  was a success. Observers of the scene noted a remarkable transformation [in] Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the unity council. Before the meeting with the pope, the cardinal looked glum. Afterward, his smile stretched from ear to ear".
"The toll [Williams'] leadership has taken on him has been described by some as a crucifixion. But he discounts the comparison. 'Of course it it's eroding and exhausting', he admits". "Whether the Church of England survives or not, Christ still died on the cross and rose again and that's enough to keep you going for quite a few lifetimes'."
"[A] leading evangelical, Bishop Tom Wright of Durham, voiced a robust hope. 'I really do believe', he declares, 'that if God had intended the Anglican Communion to shatter, he would not have raised up Rowan Williams to be the Archbishop of Canterbury'."
"For three weeks [at Lambeth 1998] the bishops spoke passionately and at times argued vehemently about human sexuality, the authority of Scripture, the acceptance of women in the ordained ministry, and a host of other issues. By the time the Conference was over, many were wondering if the Anglican Communion had enough unity to survive in the new millennium. In this thorough and lively account of Lambeth '98, James Solheim presents a comprehensive, balanced report and analysis of a critical moment in the history of Anglicanism".
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction: The Anglican Communion Will Never Be the Same -- No Stranger to Controversy -- The Globalization of Sexuality Concerns -- Appealing to Lambeth - Courtesy, Caution, and the Question of Authority -- Occasions of Sharing -- Hopeful Signs of Consensus -- Interpreting Lambeth -- Post-Lambeth Developments -- Epilogue: Household of Faith for the Future ? -- Appendix.
Appendix contains "An annotated list of the resolutions passed at the  Lambeth Conference by sections. Resolutions mentioned in the text of the book are included in their entirety".
"Editors: Ronald L. Dowling [and] David R. Holeton".
Includes bibliographical references but NO index.
"With the conclusion of the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation's work on Christian Initiation (Toronto Statement -- IALC IV, 1991) and the Eucharist (Dublin Statement -- IALC V, 1995), it seemed a natural step for the IALC to turn its attention to the matter of ordination. The IALC had agreed that its work would reflect the WCC Paper 'Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry'. This it did in a series of three meetings. A preparatory conference held at Jarvenpaa in 1997 with the intention of concluding the work at a full consultation planned in consultation with the Congress of Societas Liturgica to be held in Kottayam (India) in 1999. .... While the planned 1999 Indian Consultation could not meet as such, those present divided into three working groups to discuss: i) the structure of ordination liturgies; ii) theological issues and iii) the process of discernment of vocation and preparation for ordination. By the end of the meeting, it was clear that further work needed to be done before there could be any statement on the question of ordination. The group leaders proposed the formation of an editorial committee who could work on the material produced by the working groups and refine it in the light of the plenary discussions. That work was then circulated to IALC members present in India for further comment. It was that material that became the working draft for IALC-VI when it met in Berkeley in August 2001. The Berkeley Statement -- 'To Equip the Saints' -- is thus the result of at least five years' work. It represents the reflected opinion of the over seventy members of the Consultation, coming from twenty-nine Provinces and Member Churches of the Anglican Communion.
It was clear that the reception of 'To Equip the Saints' would require a series of essays and Provincial reflections to draw out the many ramifications of the statement, as had been the case for both the Toronto and Dublin Statements. This volume adheres to the pattern set in 'Growing in Newness of Life' (Toronto, 1993) and 'Our Thanks and Praise' (Toronto, 1998), a pattern which has been positively received around the Anglican Communion with its combination of theoretical and practical essays.
The matter of order and ordination has been more marked by controversy among Anglicans in recent years that have been either Christian Initiation or the Eucharist." -- Intro., pp. 7-8.
Contents divided into six main sections: Theology of Ordination -- The Liturgy of Ordination: The Ordinal -- Ordinals Across the Anglican Communion -- Ecumenical Considerations -- Other Issues -- Appendix.
Contents: Introduction / Ronald L. Dowling and David R. Holeton -- Contributors -- Abbreviations -- Baptismal Ecclesiology: Uncovering a Paradigm / Louis Weil -- A Baptismal Ecclesiology: Some Questions / Paul Gibson -- The Theology of Ordained Ministry in the Berkeley Statement / William Crockett -- What History can tell us about Ordination / Paul Bradshaw -- By Public Prayer and the Imposition of Hands: The Prayer of the People and the Ordination Prayer / Richard Leggett -- Considering the Possibility of Direct Ordination / John St. H. Gibaut -- The Place of Symbols and Vesting in Ordination Rites / Lizette Larson-Miller -- Is there a place for anointing in Anglican ordination rites ? / David Holeton -- The Presentation of Candidates / Ronald Dowling -- Music as Theological Expression of Anglican Ordination Rites / Carol Doran -- [Ordinal:] The Church of England / Paul Bradshaw -- [Ordinal:] The Church of Ireland / Brian Mayne -- [Ordinal:] The Episcopal Church in the Philippines / Tomas Maddela -- [Ordinal:] Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia / George Connor -- Ecumenical Orders: The Reconciliation of Ministry between Anglicans and Lutherans in North America / William Petersen -- Ministry and Local Covenants in the Church of England / Phillip Tovey -- The Mutual Acceptance of Ordained Ministries in Southern Africa / Ian Darby -- 'Flying Bishops': Extended Episcopal Care in the Church of England / Colin Buchanan -- Ten Years On: An Anniversary Sermon / Elizabeth Smith -- Lay presidency: can it be tolerated ? / Charles Sherlock -- Ordination and Homosexuality: the Anglican Debate / Gillian Varcoe -- Appendix: The Berkeley Statement: To Equip the Saints.
"First published 2005 in the UK by SCM Press. This edition published 2006 in the United States of America by Wm. B. Eerdmans". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
"`We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the word of God,' Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said. While a lot of ink is spilled debating the place of homosexual Christians in the life of the church, few people take Bonhoeffer's advice. In `Face to Face' Jeffrey Heskins takes a step back from heated rhetoric to listen to Christians who are committed both to ordained ministry in the Anglican Church and to a life of holiness with a partner of the same sex. As Heskins invites these couples to tell their stories and reflects on their experiences, he raises difficult questions: What does it mean to live a `holy life' ? Should the pattern for `holy living' be any different for gay and lesbian couples in ministry than for others ? Based on more than thirty hours of recorded interviews with couples all across England, this volume heeds Bonhoeffer's words, producing a refreshing instance of Christian hospitality -- listening to brothers and sisters before presuming to speak God's word to them. While `Face to Face' will not end the controversy, these human voices will speak to both sides of this explosive debate". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction dated St. Lukestide [18 October] 2004 -- Who do you think you are ? -- We had the experience but missed the meaning -- To have and to hold from this day -- For better or worse -- In sickness, health and death -- According to God's Holy Law -- And this is my solemn vow -- Face to face.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography: 79-81.
"The following essays grew out of a Bible Conference on St. Paul's life and ministry, with a focus on the Letter to the Ephesians, led by Dr. George Carey, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina in October, 2004. Having been invited to lead a workshop at the conference, the theme I chose was `Grace to You and Peace: St. Paul and Reconciliation'." "These essays on selected passages from Ephesians and the concluding essay, The Way Forward, are offered in the cause of reconciliation. They are suitable for study by individuals as well as parish and diocesan study groups seeking reconciliation in the Church. Study questions are presented at the end of each chapter to foster reflection and discussion". -- Intro. p. ix, x.
Contents: Foreword / George Carey -- Introduction dated June 2005 / Joel W. Huffstetler -- Ephesians 2:13-16 -- Ephesians 3: 14-19 -- Ephesians 4: 1-6 -- Ephesians 4:14-16 -- Ephesians 4:29-32 -- Ephesians 5:3-5 -- Ephesians 6:23-24 -- The Way Forward: II Corinthians 5:17-18 -- Afterword -- Chapter Notes -- Bibliography -- About the Author.