"The April 8-19  meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) in Lusaka, Zambia, was marked by a sense of unity and common purpose, according to Canadian delegates Bishop Jane Alexander and Suzanne Lawson". "There had been some uncertainty leading up to the meeting about whether or not disciplinary measures would be imposed on The Episcopal Church (TEC) following a call from the Primates' Meeting in January 2016 for TEC to face 'consequences' for its decision to perform same-sex marriages. But the ACC declined to impose any sanctions. Nor, according to Alexander and Lawson, was there much discussion of Canada's upcoming vote on same-sex marriage -- which, both admitted -- came as a surprise. 'Nobody asked me [about it]', said Lawson. 'I was all ready to engage, [but] no -- I think people were just delighting in the relationships that were being built'". "The meeting saw the election of Alexander to the ACC's standing committee, which means she will be involved in the council's work for the next three to four years until its meeting in 2019".
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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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has announced the membership and terms of reference for a Commission "to look at life in the Anglican Communion in the light of recent events". Members are to be appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Commission will be chaired by the Most Rev. Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh and Senior Primate of the Communion. "It will take particular account of the decision to authorise a service for use in connection with same sex unions in the Diocese of New Westminster, Canada, and the expected Consecration of the Revd Canon V. Gene Robinson as Bishop Co-adjutor of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.) on Sunday, November 2nd ." The Commission will report by October 2004 prior to the meetings of the Primates and Anglican Consultative Council.
Responses to the papers from "Same-sex relationships and the nature of marriage : a theological colloquy". Each response is separate and the author and their denomination/provincial affiliation identified.
Canadian Anglican bishops meeting this week in Saskatoon, Sask., have unanimously declared the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission on unity in the Anglican Communion to be an important document worthy of study by the whole church.
Without dissent, the bishops approved a motion that calls on Canadian Anglicans to respond to the report in time for a meeting of the Primates of the Communion that will be held in Belfast next February .
The bishops also voted unanimously to ask the Canadian Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, to write a pastoral letter to the Canadian Church asking Anglicans to consider the report and send their responses to him.
The Lambeth Commission was created by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams more than a year ago to consider how the world-wide Anglican Communion can preserve its unity in the face of controversies around issues such as the ordination of a gay bishop in the United States and the blessing of same-sex unions in a Canadian diocese.
The commission under the chairmanship of Archbishop Robin Eames of Armagh, submitted its report last month. The commission conducted an exhaustive study of Anglican unity and the stresses it faces and made several recommendations including issuing a call for "expressions of regret" on the part of some bishops and churches whose actions have distressed others in the communion. Bishops who have intervened in the affairs of dioceses other than their own are also asked to express regret and refrain from such interventions in the future.
The report also includes a model "covenant" to more closely bind provinces of the Anglican Communion.
Anglican Primates from around the world are to bring their churches' responses to the Belfast meeting, and the Canadian Church has set up a process to gather those responses.
On another matter, the bishops also approved a document entitled "Shared Episcopal Oversight" which provides a model through which parishes and congregations that dissent from a decision on the blessing of same-sex unions made by their dioceses can be placed, temporarily, under the care of a bishop from outside the diocese.
The model described in "Shared Episcopal Oversight" also provides for a process of reconciliation where agreement between certain parishes or congregations and the diocese's bishop cannot be reached. In both cases, the diocesan bishop is involved in the process.
The document says that "shared Episcopal ministry" is based on a spirit of reconciliation, cooperation and good will.
The meeting of Anglican bishops is held twice a year and brings together bishops from each of the Canadian Anglican church's 30 dioceses from across the country.
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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."
TORONTO, May 2, 2005 -- The Anglican Church of Canada's governing council, meeting in Mississauga, Ont. later this week, is set to decide on a request that the Canadian church voluntarily absent itself from a key Communion meeting.
The Council of General Synod (CoGS) will also address another request that the church impose a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions at its meeting at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga, Ont., May 6-8 .
(CoGS is the chief governing boy of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is the body that oversees the implementation of General Synod decisions and any matters referred to it by the Primate. It meets twice a year between sessions of the General Synod.)
Members of CoGS will be responding to the Anglican Primates' Communique, which the heads of provincial churches issued after their meeting in Dromantine, Northern Ireland, in February .
(Last month, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in the United States agreed on behalf of the U.S. church to honour the request.)
The Anglican Consultative Council is made up of bishops, priests and lay people from each of the worldwide Anglican Communion's 39 provinces and is considered an `instrument of unity'.
The other major issue before CoGS is a proposal for a moratorium on blessings of same-sex unions made by a special commission that examined how the communion can stay together in light of growing controversies around sexual issues. In its report -- The Windsor Report -- the international commission requested such a moratorium.
Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, says that a process for discussions has been prepared for Council members before they vote on the issues.
At CoGS on May 6 , he said, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian Primate, will talk about the Primates' meeting in Northern Ireland.
This will be followed by a series of presentations by General Synod committees that have considered the matter. Council will also hear from youth, from the conservative group Essentials, and from Integrity, group that advocates for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian people in the church. Lutheran partners will also address the issue. The council, which ultimately makes the decision, will also consider positions on this issue taken by General Synod committees and a recent statement from the House of Bishops.
Friday evening, Council members will focus on the Windsor report. Council will also hear from the Primate's Theological Commission which was asked by General Synod 2004, to consider whether the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine.
Council is expected to vote on the key issues on Saturday evening (May 7).
CoGS will also consider a host of resolutions and motions dealing with the work of the church and review General Synod's budget for 2005.
The Council's deliberations are normally public, although it does have the option to go into closed session.
- The Primates' Communique
- Statement by Canadian Anglican Bishop
- The Windsor Report and Responses
- Media Kit
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"Foreword by: Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Archbishop of Kaduna, Nigeria, and member of the Eames Commission [and] Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham, Bishop of New Westminster, Canada".
"This book is written both as a submission to the Eames Commission [Lambeth Commission], and as a contribution to the subsequent discussion. At the time of writing it contains, to my knowledge, the only detailed plan for resolving the crisis (pp. 19-20)." The thrust of this book "is that the Anglican Church can and should remain intact, but should have in some provinces a parallel episcopal structure similar to that instituted in England when the decision was made to ordain women to the priesthood; and I have used the image of a `quilt' to
describe this. Having completed this second draft, I have convinced myself that a quilt is far preferable to schism, and that becoming a quilt is the only realistic way of avoiding schism. I hope I can convince you (p. 21)". -- Intro.
"This book offers a detailed plan for resolving the present crisis over homosexuality in the Anglican Church, prompted by the appointment of openly gay bishops in the USA and England, and the blessing of a gay partnership in Canada. Tracing the roots of the crisis back to the foundation of Anglicanism over four centuries ago, Robert Van de Weyer shows why ancient divisions have grown wider in recent decades. He argues that the two side [which he calls Evangelicals (or Orthodox) and Incarnationals] now need separate episcopal arrangements -- yet both sides have much to gain by remaining together in a single body". -- back cover.
Contents: Endorsements -- Forewords / Josiah Idowu-Fearon [dated 28 January 2004] and Michael Ingham [dated 4 February 2004] -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction --Proposals for the Whole Anglican Communion -- Theology -- Morality -- Ecclesiology -- Proposals for the Church of England -- Afterword.
Author is a priest of the Church of England.
Colophon: Printed by Tien Wah Press (Pte) Ltd, Singapore.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 260-271) and index.
"What is the nature of world Anglicanism in a postcolonial, global age ? With talk of fragmentation constantly in the media, what does it mean to be 'Anglican' ? This book presents Anglicanism as a conversation over time amongst a community of people held together by sets of practice and beliefs. The first part describes the emergence of Anglicanism and its foundations in older Christian traditions. The second [part] looks at Anglican practices within the framework of changing understandings of mission, and focuses on liturgy, patterns of engagement with others, organisation and power in the church, and ministerial offices. There are two separate chapters on the ordination of women and homosexuality in the public life of the church. The third part, on beliefs, addresses the central question of knowledge and authority in Anglicanism, as well as ecclesiology, the nature of the church itself. A final chapter looks to the future". -- back cover,
Contents divided into three main parts: Part I: Foundations -- Part II: The Practices of Mission -- Part III: Beliefs.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- List of abbreviations and sources -- The nature of the story as tradition -- Forming an Anglican nation in England -- Forming Anglican churches around the world -- Changing outlooks -- Liturgical formation -- Patterns of engagement: political -- Patterns of engagement: relating to other traditions -- Influence, organisation and power in the church -- Ministerial offices: ordination -- Ministerial offices: ordination of women -- Ministerial offices: homosexuality and the public life of the church -- Knowledge and authority in the conversation -- Ecclesiology -- Other themes in the contemporary agenda -- Quo vadis ? -- Bibliography -- Index.
Contents include "Time line of 'official' organisations of the Anglican Communion" p.134-135.
Author is a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia and former provincial General Secretary (1994-2004).
"This book originated at a consultation on `Anglicanism in a Post-Colonial World' held at the Episcopal Divinity School from June 7-11, 1998" . -- Acknowledgements, p. [vii].
"The essays by Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane and Professor Jaci Maraschin have appeared in the `Anglican Theological Review', and we are grateful to the authors for allowing them to be re-published here." -- Acknowledgements, p. [vii].
Fifteen essays by 16 contributors which address "some of the key questions facing the Anglican Communion: What does it mean for a family of churches historically identified with the Church of England that the majority of Anglicans today are from the South with very different cultures from that of the English ? What does it mean that contemporary global Anglicanism is increasingly moving away from the cultural, political, and economic hegemony of Anglo-American colonialism ?" -- Intro., p. 11.
Contents: Preface / Glauco S. de Lima -- The Exigencies of Times and Occasions : Power and Identity in the Anglican Communion Today / Ian T. Douglas -- The Legacy of Cultural Hegemony in the Anglican Church / Kwok Pui-lan -- The Nature and Share of the Contemporary Anglican Communion / David Hamid -- From Violence to Healing : The Struggle for Our Common Humanity / Denise M. Ackermann -- As We Sail Life's Rugged Sea : The Paradox of Divine Weakness / Kortright Davis -- This Fragile Earth Our Island Home : The Environmental Crisis / Jeffrey M. Golliher -- Debt Relief : Giving Poor Countries a Second Chance / John Hammock and Anuradha Harinarayan -- Power, Blessings, and Human Sexuality : Making the Justice Connections / Renee L. Hill -- Global Urbanization : A Christian Response / Laurie Green -- Scripture : What is at Issue in Anglicanism Today ? / Njongonkulu Ndungane -- The Primacy of Baptism : A Reffirmation of Authority in the Church / Frederica Harris Thompsett -- Leadership Formation for a New World : An Emergent Indigenous Anglican Theological College / Jenny Plane Te Paa -- Beyond the Monarch/Chief : Reconsidering Episcopacy in Africa / Simon E. Chiwanga -- Culture, Spirit, and Worship / Jaci Maraschin -- Towards a Postcolonial Re-visioning of the Church's Faith, Witness and Communion -- Christopher Duraisingh.