Global South Anglicans not ‘Bowing to the Demands of Revisionism’

Jun 15, 2024 by

by Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism:

Anglicans from across the Global South are seeking to take on a wider leadership role within the worldwide Anglican Communion of which their churches increasingly represent an overwhelming share.

Forty countries are representated at the Global South Fellowship of Anglicans (GSFA) first Assembly meeting June 11-15 outside of Cairo, Egypt.

The membership of GSFA significantly overlaps with another Anglican renewal group, the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), but each has a different, complementary area of focus.

GAFCON, which launched in 2008, seeks to address an evangelistic or missional deficit within the Anglican Communion, while GSFA, first convened in 1994 as a geographic fellowship, seeks to fill an ecclesial deficit. The former has stepped in to inaugurate orthodox Anglican expressions in geographic areas where the official Anglican Communion structures are perceived to be compromised. The latter chiefly (though not exclusively) works among existing, broadly recognized Anglican provinces, and began the process of recasting itself as a covenantal, rather than an exclusively geographic structure in 2016.

Both entities proclaim creedal orthodoxy and warn against “bowing to the demands of revisionism” that have increasingly characterized churches in the Global North, in the words of GSFA Chairman and Archbishop of South Sudan Justin Badi Arama.

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