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 God and be faithful to him, rather than pursue their own moral, political or social agendas. The Church faces “the challenge of discernment and commitment” as it entered the 21st century, he said, urging the bishops to hold fast to the faith once delivered, and not succumb to the siren song of culture. The senior serving Primate of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Gomez was elected Bishop of Barbados in 1972 and was translated to the Diocese of Nassau and the Bahamas in 1995, and  elected Archbishop and Primate of the West Indies in 1999. He will retire at the end of this year. The Bishop of Barbados, the Rt Rev John Holder praised Archbishop Gomez for his constancy and faithfulness. He had been at the “heart of the fight” in the Anglican Communion’s battles over doctrine and discipline and had offered “outstanding leadership as the church wrestled and searched for a way forward.”Archbishop Gomez’s labours amidst a “difficult, contentious and painful” fight to hold the church together had ensured that future generations “could call themselves Anglicans.”  ...

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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 that there were various injustices that did need to be attended to. We haven’t seen the details, we don’t know how far this extends. But there are relationships in which there is some discrimination in our laws, and that needs to be attended to. Mind you I think it’s not just gay relationships. So I’d see, I hope this is not just pro-gay, so to speak but pro-people. ELEANOR HALL: Are you comfortable that a homosexual relationship will now be treated in the same way as a de facto heterosexual relationship? PETER JENSEN: Well I don’t think that the recognition is the same. I think there will be points at which such a relationship will benefit from the changes. But I don’t, as I understand it, we’re not dealing here with something that mimics marriage. And that’s the key point. What I’d like to see it is extended to people in other sorts of relationships, which are non-sexual, in order to make sure there’s justice for all Australians. ELEANOR HALL: What sort of relationships are you talking about? PETER JENSEN: Well there could be two friends living together, on a long standing basis over many years. It’s not a sexual relationship, but it is a relationship. And they support and strengthen each other, there’d be many Christian people living like that. And I think that sort of thing could also be recognised. ELEANOR HALL: Many members of Australia’s gay community welcome the move but they still want gay marriage to be legalised. Why are you so opposed to that? PETER JENSEN: Well I think it’s impossible. That is to say, I think marriage, this is not a matter of government (inaudible). We can’t simply say, oh by the way marriage is different now. Marriage is between a man and a women and the Government is determined to recognise that basic fact. Let there be relationships between people and even of a sexual nature is not a thing again, but I think it will damage our community if we don’t recognise the basic facts of our human existence. ELEANOR HALL: In...

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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 are non-sexual, so that the changes are “not just pro-gay but pro-people.” “Marriage is not a matter of government fiat. We can’t simply say, because some people want it, that marriage is different now. Marriage is between a man and a woman and I’m pleased the Government seems determined to recognise that basic fact.” – by Russell Powell at SydneyAnglicans.net From Anglican Church League...

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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 to reach Nigeria’s 120 million. Every Anglican is a one on one agent of conversion. Each must disciple that one person for three years and then that person must disciple someone else. It has had a multiplying effect. This is why the church is growing. Archbishop Peter Akinola (photo above),  Primate of Nigeria started the program in 2004. It was his vision for multiplying the Anglican presence in Nigeria. He did it to effectively combat crime and ills in Nigerian society, which were rapidly increasing at that time. According to the bishop, said the intensified program of evangelism and discipleship, which is promulgated by the Church’s Mission Committee, is done by all the bishops’ clergy and laity of the province. "That is the secret of our success. The House of Bishops and laity are all kept informed about the progress in evangelism and discipleship. As a result, we have needed to create whole new dioceses with the more outgoing evangelical clergy willing to make the sacrifices to do the work at minimal cost. "I carved a new diocese out here (Eastern Nigeria) and I told the primate and he carried it to the HOB. We pioneered it and it has been taken up by other dioceses. We now have three new dioceses." Read the whole article HERE....

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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 Church. It is now affiliated with the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone. Bishop James R. Mathes of San Diego filed the initial complaint against Bishop MacBurney. Bishop MacBurney’s adopted son, Page Grubb, died of cancer April 4. Bishop MacBurney married Mr. Grubb’s mother, Anne, who had been widowed when her three children were still young. A memorial wake service for Mr. Grubb is scheduled at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Calamus, Iowa, on April 18 with the funeral the following day at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Long Grove. Bishop MacBurney said the Presiding Bishop telephoned him Sunday night to inform him of her decision, and to apologize for the timing of the inhibition.   Read...

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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, who said that the gift was “an important part of Jordan’s invitation to the Christian religious community to participate in collegiality and interfaith dialogue.” The gift from the Jordanian king comes at a time of public debate over the construction of new mosques in the United Kingdom and follows a similar gift of land for construction of an Anglican Church in 2006 by Muslims in Madagascar.  ...

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