Comments: meeting of African bishops

I hear much of Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola is saying, but isn't it interesting the influence of the African cultural context on African theology and practice. Akinola is quoted as saying: “Men and men are cohabiting, which is taboo in African culture,” he said. Those in the West also seem to be grappling with theology "worked out" in their own cultural contexts - surely as missionally prudent as are cultural considerations in Africa and other locations around the world. I realise that the Windsor report isn't intended to address this issue in any significant measure. I'm simply listening to the number of times on all sides the issue of cultural context emerges at the forefront of the debate on sexuality and morality.

Posted by Paul at Friday, 29 October 2004 at 12:31am BST

Marilyn McCord Adams, Regius Prof of Divinity at Oxford, in an article in the Church Times today, assumes that the Anglican Communion is already a loose federation: 'we should stick with the loose federation that has enabled us to work together...' She attacks the Windsor report strongly: 'So far from a way forward, this proposal is pernicious.'

With Jack Spong in The Times, it seems that some hard line liberals can see that the Windsor Report has teeth...

Peter Jensen, also in the Church Times today, wants to move to looser ties and asks 'why not accept that we are a federation of autonomous Churches?'

Federation to extreme right and left: renewing the centre means holding to Communion...

Posted by Graham Kings at Friday, 29 October 2004 at 10:11am BST

But should there be only one province in each geographical area? Should some Anglicans who agree with the North American position be allowed to form an extra province, and the same for North Americans opposed to the policies of ECUSA? Coudl the Anglican communion hold together without having a tyrrany of the majority within provinces?

Posted by Ian Matthews at Monday, 1 November 2004 at 3:30pm GMT