Friday, 4 May 2012
Canterbury reps on CNC elected
The Canterbury Vacancy-in-See Committee met yesterday, and as part of their business elected the following six diocesan representatives on the Crown Nominations Commission responsible for the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Reverend Canon Clare Edwards
Mr Raymond Harris
Mr David Kemp
The Reverend Canon Mark Roberts
Mrs Caroline Spencer
The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott
The Church of England centrally and the Diocese of Canterbury have both published these names.
Posted by Peter Owen on
Friday, 4 May 2012 at 1:02pm BST
Canterbury Diocese elects six representatives to serve on the Crown Nominations Commission
Archbishopric of Canterbury: Canterbury Diocese elects six representatives to serve on the Crown Nominations Commission
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One hopes that, this time around, and bearing in mind GAFCON/FCA's disaffection with Canterbury and Lambeth and the Primates' Meeting; that the ethos of 'Primus-inter-pares' might be allowed to take second place to the perceived needs of the Province and Diocese of Canterbury, in the choice of the next Archbishop.
The days of Canterbury's political primacy over the affairs of other independent Provinces of the world-wide Communion have already been numbered - by the divisive tactics of GAFCON/FCA and its issuance of a rival governance manifesto, in the provocative 'Jerusalem Statement', effectively cutting off TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada from co-membership of its version of the A.C.
These local representatives of the Province and Diocese of Canterbury ought now to be give some priority in the choice of their next Archbishop, obviating the need for the election of someone whose responsibility, hitherto, has been to keep together Provinces with seemingly irreconcilable understandings of the Mission of the Church.
The Province and the Diocese of Canterbury deserves to have the undivided attention of its own Primate.
We, those of us in the far away provinces (and far away villages where reality is in ones face) look forward to the selection of the next Archbishop of Canterbury...hopefully a Primate for the Church of England who has trudged the back and muddy roads where REAL women and men work, grow, love their families and attempt to live/adjust to some very unfortunate REAL life circumstances...real health problems, real problems of being exploited, demeaned, marginalized and enslaved by ignorance or by those who would oppress...both in government and at Church.
Lord hear our prayer for reality based Christianity and the need for unity, equality, sisterly/brotherly love and universal hospitality/service at ALL levels of Churchlife throughout the Anglican Communion...nothing less will do and ¨deals¨ won´t cut it with bigots and thieves...no more pandering to immorality (no matter the threat).
Leonardo Ricardo in the ¨campo¨ of Guatemala
The six reps are, as one might expect, people with long and varied experience in this diocese. Clare Edwards is a Residentiary Canon, Ray Harris chairs ( or used to) the Diocesan Board of Finance,David Kemp is a former Diocesan Secretary, Canon Mark Roberts is Rector of Sandwich and a former Chair of the House of Clergy, Caroline Spencer has wide experience of various diocesan committees and Bishop Trevor is Bishop of Dover.
When George Carey was enthroned, in a separate ceremony he was enthroned as head of the Anglican Communion. It never occurred in the enthronement of Rowan Williams. There can be only one Lord and Head of the Church. Let him call Bishops and Primates together and Preside at ACC, but his priority must be the spiritual needs of Canterbury and England.England is no longer the centre of the Communion, and the Church of England is failing in the evangelization of England.