Thursday, 20 January 2011

Archbishop Hiltz on the Primates Meeting

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, has given an interview to the Anglican Journal and has issued a letter to the church, asking for prayers.

The interview can be found here, and also (more easily readable format) over here.

The letter is available as a PDF from here.

Excerpt from the interview:

The 38 primates, representing Anglicans in 164 countries, will be asked to share their thoughts on two questions: What do you think is the most pressing challenge or issue facing the Anglican Communion at this time? What do you think is the most pressing challenge or issue facing your own province?

Rather than seeing this process as an attempt to sidestep the issue of sexuality, which has deeply divided Anglicans, Archbishop Hiltz sees it was a way forward. “If there’s any hope of some sense of renewed relationships with one another, it’s through conversations like these,” he said.

Reports that some primates with more conservative theological views are planning to boycott the meeting “does nothing to model for the church what it means to try and live with difference,” he added. “To simply say, ‘I refuse to come’ is anything but exemplary of the office and ministry to which we are called.”

Excerpt from the letter:

On the subject of primacy, each of us received a number of documents, ancient and modern, Anglican and ecumenical addressing the role, function and authority of this ministry within the Province and within the Communion as a whole. There is a real need for clarity with respect to the place and influence of the Primates’ Meetings and the nature of their service as one of the Instruments of Communion.

As challenging as this meeting will be, it does have real potential for respectful conversation and a renewed commitment to partnerships one with another in the service of the Gospel. I hope we will not be so consumed with tensions in the Communion that we fail to address the real global issues that demand our attention as leaders of the Church.

I ask your prayers for all who attend and serve this meeting and most especially for Archbishop Rowan Williams who said of this gathering, “As with every such meeting we must approach it asking what gifts God will give us through our experience together, seeking honesty and clarity and better ways of serving God’s will.”

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 9:47pm GMT | TrackBack
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++Fred Hiltz is a very wise and Godly man. Want more Primates like him, please! :-)

Posted by: JCF on Friday, 21 January 2011 at 7:25am GMT

"I ask your prayers for all who attend and serve this meeting and most especially for Archbishop Rowan Williams who said of this gathering, “As with every such meeting we must approach it asking what gifts God will give us through our experience together, seeking honesty and clarity and better ways of serving God’s will.”

A much needed call for prayer for the Primates who actually will be at the Dublin Meeting!

Has anyone though of the fact that it could be well within the bounds of divine providence that certain prelates, who have doubts about the efficacy of such a meeting, are not meant to be there? God is stil 'a God of surprises'.

My only codicil to the Archbishop's intercession would be: that those who are meant by God to be there will make themselves available and open to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Saturday, 22 January 2011 at 9:07am GMT
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