Archbishop Drexel Gomez's Retirement Address

May 2, 2008 by

From Global South Anglican IN HIS FINAL address before retirement to the House of Bishops and Standing Committee of the Church of the Province of the West Indies, Archbishop Drexel Gomez urged the Church to reawaken to the power of God’s love. The dry and distant Anglicanism of many parts of the West Indies, must make way for a “more caring and compassionate” church, he told the West Indian bishops and the congregation of St Mary’s Anglican Church in Bridgetown, Barbados on April 17. “We must face up to the challenge to see where we stand in love,” Archbishop Gomez said, and “must devise more strategies to assist members in their engagement with God and to foster a deeper commitment” that would transform the believer and society. The rampant individualism and selfishness of Western culture was the greatest single threat to the faith. Believers must surrender their lives to...

read more

Archbishop Peter Jensen discusses same-sex law changes

May 1, 2008 by

From The World Today Reporter: Ashley Hall ELEANOR HALL: The Archbishop of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church, Dr Peter Jensen, is one of the country’s most vocal opponents of gay marriage. A short time ago I asked him for his reaction to the Federal Government’s plans. PETER JENSEN: Well first of all we welcome the Government’s clear and firm determination to make sure that what ever happens this is not about marriage. And I think that’s been made very clear and it won’t extend to marriage. Marriage is between a man and a women and I think that’s an excellent that the Government has made clear. In regard to the other changes, personally I remain concerned about the impact of the gay lifestyle on our community. And I don’t believe any of us should be forced to accept it. But on the other hand I think too...

read more

Archbishop Jensen welcomes Federal Government’s no on ‘gay marriage’

Apr 30, 2008 by

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, has welcomed the Federal Government’s clear statement on same-sex relationships – which promises there will be no ‘homosexual marriage’ – and the accompanying changes to 100 federal laws regarding superannuation and other benefits. “We welcome the Government’s clear and firm determination to make sure that whatever happens this is not about marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman and it is excellent that the Government has made that clear.” Dr Jensen says “Personally I remain concerned about the impact of the gay lifestyle on our community and I don’t believe any of us should be forced to accept it. But I also think there may be injustices which need attention.” The Archbishop says it’s not yet clear how far the changes will extend, but says the superannuation and benefits arrangements should be granted to other types of relationships, which...

read more

NIGERIA: Anglican Province Now Over 25 Million in Unique Discipleship Program

Apr 16, 2008 by

From Virtueonline The Anglican Church in Nigeria, the largest and fastest growing Province in the Anglican Communion, is growing by leaps and bounds in a unique 1+1+3 program that has seen the church soar from 18 million to more than 25 million with 10 archbishops, 140 bishops and 37 new dioceses birthed in the last two years. "We are not simply making new converts, we are making disciples for Christ," said the Rt. Rev. Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu, Bishop of Umuahia in Eastern Nigeria. His diocese was started 15 years ago and now has 1.2 million practicing Anglicans in five dioceses out of a population of 2.5 million. This is typical of the growth throughout Nigeria. "The 1+1+3 program means that one person leads one person to Christ and disciples them intensively for three years. Every Anglican, from archbishops to bishops to lay people, must fulfill this requirement in order...

read more

Inhibition Against Bishop MacBurney Lifted Temporarily

Apr 15, 2008 by

From The Living Church Foundation The inhibition against the Rt. Rev. Edward H. MacBurney, retired Bishop of Quincy, has been temporarily lifted following an announcement on April 14 from the canon to the Presiding Bishop. “In light of the personal tragedy that Bishop and Mrs. MacBurney are facing, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wishes to offer the bishop the opportunity to function liturgically in any services for his son if he desires to do so,” said the Rev. Canon Charles Robertson in an e-mail message. A disciplinary “Review Committee” recently issued a presentment, or ecclesiastical indictment, of Bishop MacBurney, and on April 2 Bishop Jefferts Schori prohibited Bishop MacBurney from sacramental ministry pending his trial. The 80-year-old bishop is accused of performing a service of confirmation in June 2007 at an Anglican church in San Diego. In 2006, the congregation of Holy Trinity voted overwhelmingly to leave The Episcopal...

read more

King of Jordan Donates Land for Anglican Church

Apr 12, 2008 by

From the Living Church Foundation King Abdullah II of Jordan recently donated a 2 ½-acre plot of land for construction of an Anglican Church at the location on the Jordan River traditionally believed to be the place where Jesus was baptized. “We stand… in a region that had witnessed a great happening in Christian life and history as recorded in the Holy Scriptures,” said the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, Bishop of Jerusalem in remarks at a dedication ceremony last month. “It’s a privilege for us to have this gift from His Majesty King Abdullah and at the same time we look at this as a project to build a medium-sized Gothic church with a retreat center.” At the dedication, Bishop Dawani welcomed some 550 clergy and lay members of the Diocese of Jerusalem. Also in attendance was Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, King Abdullah’s advisor on Christian Churches in Jordan,...

read more