Is Gafcon a Ginger Group?

Apr 23, 2018 by

by Stephen Noll:

Recently, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was asked whether he was warning people away from this year’s Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) in Jerusalem. His reply was: “where Gafcon is acting as a ginger group, a source of prayer and renewal, of spiritual life within God’s people around the world and within the Anglican Communion, within that it is a very good thing.”

What in the world is a ginger group, we clueless Yanks ask? No, it’s not a plateful of ginger cookies nor a convention of “the Redheaded League.” Rather, a ginger group, in British parlance, is a kind of special interest or pressure group.

Now for the not-so-subtle nuance. The Archbishop was not intending to flatter the upcoming Conference but to belittle it. How do I know that? Because his characterization of Gafcon as a “ginger group” cannot be further from the actual character of the movement, and he knows that.

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