Sunday, 6 June 2010

Canadian General Synod - Saturday

Anglican Journal reports

Chillin’ with Fred ‘Claim your place on the floor of synod,’ primate tells youth
Falby gets another kick at the can as Prolocutor Election of Deputy Prolocutor to take place later this week
PWRDF gives thanks for 50 years of support ‘Money isn’t half the story,’ says interim director [Note: PWRDF = Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund]
Peace and reconciliation Bishop Suheil Dawani reveals the roots of his ministry in the diocese of Jerusalem
‘We are a people of hope’ Bishop from diocese of Jerusalem tells Synod delegation to keep up the good work

The ACoC website is carrying a daily report: “This unofficial summary of the previous day’s General Synod proceedings is posted daily for members and the general public (in PDF format).”
Daily Report

There are photos on the General Synod Flickr pages.

Some press reports

Alison Auld in Metro News Anglicans hope to avoid rancour in latest discussion of sensitive same-sex issue
Charmaine Noronha of Associated Press Anglican Canadians discuss same-sex blessings

Posted by Peter Owen on Sunday, 6 June 2010 at 12:16pm BST | TrackBack
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"Most of the world's Anglicans are theological conservatives who believe gay relationships violate scripture. More liberal Anglicans emphasize social justice teachings in the Bible, leading them to support full acceptance of same-sex couples."

- Charmaine Noronha - Assoc. Press -

While what Charmaine says in the first sentence of this paragraph of her report could be true, one needs to examine where most of these conservative Anglicans are situated - in the Global South Provinces - where their Church hierarchies have openly voiced their homophobic opinions, largely based on out-dated Victorian theological under-standing of sexuality.

In the Churches of the West, where there is a progressive understanding of the inclusivity in the New Testament of ALL people - regardless of gender, race, social situation or sexuality - the Church is rightly concerned to bring the freedom of the Gospel into every life - regardless of the former ethos of particularity.

It has been discovered that 'holiness belongs to God'. We mere human beings can never emulate the holiness of Jesus. We are redeemed - despite our unworthiness. Deo Gratias!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 6 June 2010 at 11:54pm BST
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