The Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has issued a series of comments on the recent meeting of Anglican Primates (see my previous blog.) The statement is worth reading in its entirety; Episcopalians will be interested in such remarks as the following:

“The meeting reached a point on Wednesday where we chose quite simply to decide on this point – do we walk together at a distance, or walk apart? And what happened next went beyond everyone’s expectations. It was Spirit-led. It was a ‘God moment’. As leaders of our Anglican Communion, and more importantly as Christians, we looked at each other across our deep and complex differences – and we recognised those we saw as those with whom we are called to journey in hope towards the truth and love of Jesus Christ. It was our unanimous decision to walk together and to take responsibility for making that work.

“We remain committed to being together, albeit we asked that TEC, while attending and playing a full part in our meetings and all discussions, will not represent the Anglican Communion to other churches and should not be involved in standing committees for a period of three years. During this time we also asked that they not vote on matters of doctrine or how we organise ourselves.”

I remain reassured that the sanctions can be followed without much trouble. I do hope the activists on the left wing of our church can restrain themselves at the 2018 General Convention from passing any resolutions that could be termed “a matter of doctrine.” And I would pray that for the sake of the whole church, we Americans could for the time being follow the advice of my first mentor in the church, Canon John Andrew: “Pray more, say less.”–J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “The Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church”

  1. Jerry Hannon says:

    While I can agree with your heartfelt sentiments, I would be much more inclined to feel the same way if that Primates meeting had been even-handed.

    By this I mean that the Primates should also have asked for a three year voluntary (since the Primates have no authority to impose such conditions on TEC or any other Province, simply on the basis of the meeting which they just held) those churches which have failed to speak out against national laws which threaten homosexual persons, or to speak out against the actions or words of national or provincial governments which incent or condone harmful physical acts by general populace against homosexual persons.

    Those which immediately come to mind are Kenya (Anglican Church of Kenya), Nigeria (Church of Nigeria), Sudan (Episcopal Church of South Sudan & Sudan), and Uganda (Church of Uganda), but there are others.

    Indeed, some “Anglican” Provinces have even spoke in favor of such harmful and anti-Christian laws.

    Where is the justice in all of this?

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