New Secretary-General of Anglican Communion: “I stand by Resolution 1.10”

Aug 9, 2015 by

Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the new secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, affirms his commitment to Lambeth 1.10 in an interview on the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme and speaks against criminalisation of homosexual behaviour.  “Any resolutions from any province that does not take Resolution 1.10 seriously is against the agreement within this church…..As Secretary General my job is to present and execute the decisions of the four instruments of unity we have….I stand by Resolution 1.10.” Sunday Programme  August 9  Package begins 11.50 minutes into the programme; Interview begins 18 minutes in....

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Nigerian Bishop appointed next Secretary General of Anglican Communion Office

Apr 8, 2015 by

By David W. Virtue DD, VOL; The Anglican Archbishop and Primate of Nigeria, the Most. Rev. Nicholas Okoh has extended his “goodwill” to Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna, in his appointment as the new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion office in London with a “wait and see” policy as to how this will play out, a representative from the Church of Nigeria has told VOL. The Nigerian Anglican province, along with a number of other African, Asian and Latin American provinces that comprise GAFCON, have declared themselves in “impaired communion” with the ACO and no longer recognize it as a legitimate Instrument of Unity. The appointment, on the surface, would appear to be a slap in the face at Anglican pansexualists as Fearon has publicly condemned homosexuality; his anti-gay position has deeply offended Western pansexualists like Colin Coward of Changing Attitude and other left leaning Anglicans, like Thinking Anglicans. In a strange twist of irony, the opposite has happened with a number of Church of England homosexuals now praising the appointment despite the Nigerian bishop’s past statements. At a sermon he preached at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Minneapolis in August 2003, he warned the 1,000 plus people present that consecrating Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire would be a departure from Scripture and damage Anglicanism’s global witness. In an interview in 2007, he told the Dallas Morning News, “[W]e feel we are deceived; we have been cheated by the people the Lord Jesus Christ used to introduce us to the Scriptures, to bring us to a new faith in the Lord Jesus. They are telling us that it’s not wrong after all, that it’s a natural way. But we say: You are wrong; the Bible is right. So it’s not just a question of human sexuality. It’s about the authority of Scripture. For us, Scripture judges every culture. What I hear in the Western world is that culture judges Scripture. That’s the basic difference. It’s not a question of sex or no sex.” Then he softened his stance allegedly saying, in a March 2014 account in the Nigerian newspaper New Telegraph that legalizing gay marriage or such acts amounts to making God’s good creatures and standards look imperfect. “Our battle today is not against homosexuals, our battle today is against those who say God’s standards are not good enough for us. The government has criminalized homosexuality, which is good, our battle is not against human beings; it is against the devil. Our resolution of 1998 [Lambeth 1:10] on homosexuality has not changed and will not change by the grace of God.” Read here...

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New ACC secretary rejects anti-gay label

Apr 7, 2015 by

By Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Anglican Ink: In Benin on Sunday 23rd March, 2014 at St. Mathew’s Cathedral where Knights and their wives were being admitted, I encouraged them to continue to uphold family values in their homes bringing up their children as Christians in order to make a difference in their society. I then went on to challenge the National Assembly, comparing corruption with homosexuality that they had just criminalized. I wished the National Assembly had spent all that time and energy to criminalize corruption rather than homosexuality which is not damaging the Nigerian society as is corruption. I have never supported the law in Nigeria that criminalizes the gay community and I will never support it. The Church is called to love and protect everyone without discrimination, ‘love the person but hate the sin” whatever the sin may be, corruption, sexual sins of all kinds, misuse of power or anything else. In this I believe I am affirming the position of the Anglican Communion in Lambeth 1:10. In a Dallas interview in 2007 the question was about the Bible and culture. I did say by way of explanation that the West brought the Christian Faith to us and our forefathers embraced the faith finding it corroborated our view on marriage. Today, the same West are telling us that the position has changed. To the African, that is confusing, hence the difficulty between the Western church and the African church. Read here Instruments of Unity and the Way Forward:  Unofficial transcript of 2013 conference from titusonenine  ...

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Nigerian Bishop to be next secretary-general of the Anglican Communion

Apr 3, 2015 by

From ACNS: The Most Revd Dr Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon has been appointed to be the next Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. Dr Idowu-Fearon currently serves as Bishop of Kaduna in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) where he has earned a global reputation in the Church for his expertise in Christian-Muslim relations. He was selected out of an initial field of applicants from Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Since 1998 the Most Revd Dr Idowu-Fearon has been Bishop of Kaduna, and he is the current Director of the Kaduna Anglican Study Centre. Before that he served as Bishop of Sokoto, Warden at St Francis of Assisi Theological College in Wusasa, and Provost of St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kaduna. Responding to his appointment, Dr Idowu-Fearon said, “I am excited to take up the post of Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, and to continue the fine work undertaken by my predecessors in this office. Read here Read comments on this appointment from Sarah Hey at Stand Firm and Thinking Anglicans Anglican Unscripted 171 – the end of the ACC?  ...

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Anglican Unscripted 164 – Is the Mother Church finished?

Mar 4, 2015 by

Kevin and George discuss ‘border crossing’ (church plant Christ Church Salisbury), and the influence of AMiE and Gafcon.  The Church of England is seen as a problem by the wider Anglican Communion, and Kevin and George attempt to join the dots.  

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Bishop Graham Kings appointed as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

Feb 17, 2015 by

From Mission Theology: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church Mission Society and Durham University have become partners in creating an innovative seven year post: Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion. The purpose is to research, stimulate, connect and publish works of theology in the Anglican Communion, with particular focus on insights from Africa, Asia and Latin America, in their ecumenical contexts. The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, currently Bishop of Sherborne, has been appointed and will take up this new post in July 2015. He will be based in London, visiting Durham University, as an Honorary Fellow, and will travel in the Communion. He will convene a series of seminars in Anglican Communion Studies for theologians, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A new web site, launched today,MissionTheologyAngCom.org, will publish the papers. The Archbishop of Canterbury said, “I am delighted that this strong partnership has developed with CMS and Durham University. It is very gratifying that the concept of a Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion has attracted the necessary support to get to this stage where the post can be established. I know that the Anglican Communion has many gifted theologians and it is so important that their voice is heard more widely. I am glad that Bishop Graham’s experience and knowledge of the Communion is being made so generously available and I shall encourage the development of this project with a keen interest.” Read here Editor’s note:  “This is an interesting appointment. Graham Kings and Fulcrum have long been opponents of GAFCON. How will this new alliance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Durham University (increasingly influential in C of E theological education), CMS and Fulcrum be viewed in the Communion? Is the idea to work with GAFCON, or to set up an alternative to it in the Global South? Also, Graham Kings has been welcomed as an assistant Bishop in Southwark  – how will he work with the Diocesan leadership’s liberal line on sexuality, and how will his appointment be viewed by local...

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