Anglican Communion Task Group holds first meeting to ‘maintain conversation’

Sep 10, 2016 by

by Adrian Butcher, ENS: The Task Group set up after the Primates’ Gathering and Meeting in January to “maintain conversation” has met for the first time and stressed its determination to work together. But it acknowledged the process would take time and could not be rushed. The primates asked Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to appoint the group to restore relationships, rebuild mutual trust, heal the legacy of hurt and explore deep differences. Welby presented the group’s mandate to the...

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What should we expect from our Bishops?

Sep 3, 2016 by

by Canon Phil Ashey, AAC: Somewhere tucked away my basement in an old Ashey family album there is a picture of the bishop visiting in our home.  It must have been around 1960, when my father was rector in a new posting, and I was just a toddler. In this old black and white photo the bishop is on all fours with me on the carpet, smiling and inspecting one of my toys. In many ways, that picture represents what we would love to expect from bishops: kindness, gentleness and the ability to step...

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Could a Parallel Anglican Communion be in the Works?

Aug 12, 2016 by

by David W Virtue DD, Virtueonline: Former Sydney Archbishop, Peter Jensen, has a nasty habit of speaking his mind. In fact, he tells the truth so boldly, bluntly and deliberately, he is undoubtedly causing serious heartburn to fellow archbishop, Justin Welby. Every time he opens his mouth, he commits the unpardonable “sin” of stating in clear, unapologetic terms where he stands on core issues that affect the communion so that his hearers are left in no doubt what he believes....

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African Churches urged not to be distracted by Western progressives

Aug 10, 2016 by

by Gavin Drake, ACNS: The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has urged Anglican leaders in Africa not to “fall in line” with “socially progressive” views and programmes “which suggest that the Bible is wrong”. Speaking to members of the Council of African Provinces of Africa (CAPA) during their meeting in Rwanda, Dr Idowu-Fearon said that the Church “will not crumble or bow the knee to a godless secular culture that despises the Bible and what it teaches” and...

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Where are we now? The aftermath of the January meeting of the Primates

Aug 5, 2016 by

by Peter Jensen, Gafcon: In January this year, the Primates of the Anglican Communion were summoned by the Archbishop of Canterbury to a meeting.  So serious is the crisis in the Communion about the authority of God’s word that almost every Primate attended. As I have said previously, the result was the mildest possible rebuke over the greatest offence for the greatest offenders, with the hope that there may be repentance. It is now perfectly clear that the meeting failed in its intention. Far...

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Anglican divisions harden despite talk of unity

Jul 12, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. Church of England: Synod Conversations end. I am not a member of General Synod, and so have not been included in the Shared Conversations taking place in York the past two days. Some members with orthodox views have declined to take part, believing that the process is flawed from the start, as it is deliberately designed not to bring resolution on what the Church should be teaching and permitting in the area of same sex relationships, but simply to allow...

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