Tuesday, 19 April 2016
All very jolly and it appears that a good time was had by all, Praise God.
I hope that when Justin returns from Lusaka he will find time in his very busy schedule to make a written reply to the George Bell Group and respond to their letter and detailed document about the uncorroborated allegations against the late Bishop Bell, allegations which on the dubious "evidence" would undoubtedly be thrown out of an English Court of Law?
Interesti8ng to not that - from the TEC delegates' letter to their Church - there was an attempt to raise the issue of 'further consequences' in pursuit of the Primates' Meeting's ban on TEC participation. This was quietly dropped before being presented.
Also, the attempt to revive discussions on the now moribund 'Anglican Covenant' was not actioned and has not been 'carried forward'.
Perhaps we need more of the Laity on our Anglican 'Instruments of Unity'. However, as someone has already mentioned, with the appointment of the archbishop of Hong Kong to Chair the next ACC. all of the 'Instruments' are now headed by a senior prelate.
The comments of the TEC attendees at the ACC gathering were gracious and mature:
"Our time together over the last thirteen days has visibly demonstrated, once again, our unity in diversity as the provinces of the Anglican Communion."
Exactly what we should seek in England and worldwide.
A unity in diversity, where unity is not created by uniformity, but by our union in Jesus Christ.
If we stop trying to dominate one another (and I'd include our bishops in that plea), we can live in grace together, each trying to serve God in their own localities and contexts.
I believe the ABC is mistaken to champion the 'view of the majority' (as he did this week). It is not about being the only ones who are right. It is about opening to grace and love, even in the face of difference.
The true challenge is opening to that grace, and loving the unique value of each individual, each church community, as in our differing ways we try to love and serve Christ.
I think, Susannah, that you've made a very good point here. By supporting the 'majority', the ABC may be thinking of the millions of people in the GAFCON Provinces whose Archbishops are leading them in their sola Scriptura understanding of sexuality and gender issues. However, this is not the view of most other Anglican Churches, who have taken on board the need to pay attention to modern science and sociology in assessing today's response to the Scriptures.
Social justice is not necessarily 'following the crowd' but the call to liberation of Jesus Christ in the Gospel.
Worth Reading! A very good report from the TEC delegates at ACC16 - to the Church in North America.
Given that the TEC probably paid for most of the thing a warm welcome for their delegates was the least one could expect.
But welby is saying the primates' directions have been followed..... What's been achieved is tech delegates stepped aside in line with the primates' wishes .... For what gain????
Bishop Tengatenga's sermon is beautiful and it is balm for the soul.
I agree. Dr Tengatenga should be admired for all of his conduct in relation to ACC-16 and deserves considerable credit that the event was successful.
I agree, Kate. He really knew how to speak the Gospel of Jesus to everyone, Americans and Africans. He's theologically bilingual and he showed us the Promised Land in the Anglican Communion. I heard the Love of Christ in his sermon and I'm sure that his leadership contributed mightily to the loving walking together at ACC-16.