Thinking Anglicans

another Nigerian document

At the recent Port Harcourt Standing Committee meeting, Archbishop Akinola delivered these opening remarks. Here is an extract.

Global Anglican Relations

Sadly, the vexed issues of human sexuality still occupy significant prominence even after the General Convention of the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA) and the General Synod of the Church of England both of which were held recently. Canterbury is now proposing a two-tier level of relationship as the way forward for the communion in response to the recommendation of the Windsor Report’s call for some sort of ‘covenant’ to bind membership. The Episcopal Synod has already given an initial response to this proposal

“Synod is satisfied with the move by the Global South to continue with its veritable project of defending the historic faith committed to us against present onslaught from ECUSA, Canada, England and their allies. The need therefore, to redefine and/or re-determine those who are truly Anglicans becomes urgent, imperative and compelling. Synod therefore empowers the leadership of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to give assent to the Anglican Covenant”.

And at this meeting, a group is to focus on comprehensive review of all the statements and documentations prepared, and to recommend appropriate position for the Church into the future on the matter. Also, on the issue of the ‘covenant’, the Global South has taken the initiative to prepare a response. The group will also come up with our position after a thorough review.

We continue to participate in the work of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations through representation at the 50th Session with the status of Women and Empowerment. Our participation has been highly commended by the outgoing Anglican Observer at the United Nations – Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatapaloa-Matalavea. We hope to participate in the 51st Session next year focusing on “The Elimination of all forms of Discriminations and Violence against the Girl child and the Evaluation of progress made on the role of Men and Boys in achieving Gender Equality (as resolved in 2004).

Meanwhile, Changing Attitude has announced it has 2000 Nigerian members in eight local groups. See Changing Attitude Nigeria worries Archbishop Akinola. The report suggests that this topic might even have been discussed at the standing committee meeting.

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Tim
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“…onslaught from ECUSA, Canada, England and their allies. The need therefore, to redefine and/or re-determine those who are truly Anglicans becomes urgent, imperative and compelling.”

Ah, the language of promotion of fear and alienation through misreprentation veering on lies. In what parallel universe does the author live?

Why bother with two tiers? Why not rename one of them “generally leftie” and the other “generally rightie” and invite both to Lambeth to talk about something else? 😛

Leonardo Ricardo
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Leonardo Ricardo

“The bad news for the Archbishop is that the Church of Nigeria doesn’t have just one gay member to eliminate, Davis MacIyalla, but over 2,000 members of CAN in at least 6 dioceses. As research by Changing Attitude indicates, there are almost certainly over 550,000 LGBT members worshipping in Anglican churches in Nigeria every Sunday. That is a daunting figure for the Archbishop to confront.” Changing Attitudes Nigeria Oh well, so much for ++Peter and his obstinate ideas about not having to address the Christian LGBT “exclusion/inclusion” issue in the Nigerian Akinolian Anglican Church…however, he may have to invent a… Read more »

Göran Koch-Swahne
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The courage of these persons standing up for Justice and Peace!

Tunde
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Tunde

‘The report suggests that this topic might even have been discussed at the standing committee meeting. ‘ ‘The bishop of the Niger Delta North diocese has recently hosted a standing committee meeting in Port Harcourt. Archbishop Akinola and his anti-gay supporters reportedly used the meeting to seek for information about Davis MacIyalla,’ Ha..ha..ha Very laughable. Apart from myself and maybe the Bishop of Otukpo, the scam is a forgotten issue. It was not remembered talk less of deserving mention. Dare I repeat, if the Church wants to arrest Davies, he cannot avoid arrest for up to five days and still… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

Perhaps, since ++Akinola cannot recognize the primate of TEC and wants someone else to represent those he fears will not be represented fairly, we should ask that Davis represent those of Nigeria who will CLEARLY not be represented fairly.

Göran Koch-Swahne
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Animals only eat each other.

Rose
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Rose

Davis is duping no one, It is you Tunde who is not telling the truth about Davis and CAN. I am a lesbian and active member of CAN, I sing and worship in the church every sunday with my partner.

Tunde
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Tunde

Rose,
Peace to you and all yours.

Nice to know you regularly worship in one of our churches. It at least confirms that we are not hounding you or that the pulpit is used for gay bashing. Please keep on worshipping in spirit and in truth. I personally have nothing against you.

Blessings,

‘Tunde