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ACC – Monday reports

Updated Monday evening

Colin Coward has had an encounter with a Nigerian bishop, see Nigerian bishop not Jamaican homophobe threatens UK gay activist, What might the conservative strategy be? and also How do LGBT Anglican Nigerians endure satanic claims?

Anglican Mainstream has published Nominees for ACC Standing Committee Announced and ACC 14: Anglican Report from AnglicanTV.

Anglican Journal has Ecumenical partners stand firm with Anglican Communion and Delegates reflect on ‘mission encounters’ with Jamaican churches.

The Chicago Consultation has published a response to the Anglican Communion Institute GOING FORWARD, GOING TOGETHER: Chicago Consultation Urges Deeper Communion Through Justice, Mission.

Tobias Haller has also commented on the ACI document, see Vanity of Vanities.

Monday evening update

ENS Ecumenical partners pledge to continue journey with Anglican Communion

Living Church Confusion Reigns as ACC Postpones Covenant

Religious Intelligence Defeat for Archbishop as Covenant draft is rejected

Anglican Mainstream ACC Day 14. Rules of the Game? There are none.

Changing Attitude Bishop James Tengatenga, new ACC chair, responds to question about lesbian and gay Anglicans

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Leonardo Ricardo
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Dear Reverend Colin Coward,

Although we have never met, I read your blog regularly. I would like to suggest that you change your last name…Coward you are NOT!

Thanks for all that you do to keep a steady hand and a well-focused eye on TRUTH!

A FAN in Latin America who thinks you to be Colin the Brave!

Leonardo Ricardo

Colin Coward
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Thanks Leonardo. I’m glad I’m here in Jamaica, firstly because I’m a faithful Christian and a faithful Anglican and I witness to those who don’t believe being lesbian or gay and Christian can go together. As you and I know, there are tens of thousands of LGBT Christians who witness to a most profound and godly faith. I am also glad I have been here to witness how frighteningly angry and almost out of control a Nigerian bishop becomes when someone takes a photograph of him. Stanley Isaacs, the top of whose head is just visible in the photo, says… Read more »

counterlight
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I think Colin got too close to the man behind the curtain holding all the money.

Stay safe Colin, and keep up the good work.

Cynthia Gilliatt
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Cynthia Gilliatt

“If they weren’t discussing anything contentious, his behaviour becomes even more unaccounatble and frightening.” That’s the crux of what is so disturbing about this. I live in a community that includes Old Order Mennonites, who dress plain and drive buggies. They are not happy to be photographed, because they see it as a vanity, I think. However, they do not attack people who are crass enough to take their pictures – they leave. The violence of the bishop’s reaction is really strange. Surely he’s been seen with these same people many times. Why would it matter that the photographer was… Read more »

BillyD
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Is the “satanic” ploy merely an attempt to demonize gay people (pun intended) in order to discount our views, or do the Nigerians et al. really believe we are minions of the Dark One? Or can they even tell at this point which it is?

Chris Smith
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Chris Smith

I am a Vatican II Catholic who has great respect for the good work that is being done to educate those ignorant and hate-filled bishops and archbishops in the Anglican Communion about the plight of lesbian and gay Christians, which unfortunately is also a front burner issue in my own dysfunctional Roman Communion and just about every Christian denomination save a few. Surely your Archbishop of Canterbury must be aware of the right wing plotters in his ACC in light of their abuse of the truth and their pathetic efforts to steal church properties and treasure that is being held… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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Father Ron Smith

“My experience this morning shows me that Nigerian bishops are perfectly capable of threatening and intimidating people – and if they will do that to me in the context of an ACC meeting, how much more feely will they attack and abuse those they disagree with at home in Nigeria.” – Colin Coward @ Changing Attitude – Colin’s experience outside of the meeting rooms at AC14 should prompt the mainline members of the Anglican Communion to challenge this bullying tactic of the bishop concerned, and of certain of the African Churches in particular, distancing themselves from this sort of behaviour… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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Father Ron Smith

“Dr Williams was a “very weak leader,” Bishop Ikechi Nwosu of Nigeria observed. “Of course we pray for him, but couldn’t he be courageous for once?” – George Conger, Mainstream web-site – Rowan just can’t win, can he, with those opposed to whatever he does – on one side or another? No doubt those very same bishops who see him as ‘weak’ when he allows something which doesn’t please them, will again laud his leadership if he actually does that which helps their cause. I guess that really makes him what one might call a ‘disinterested party’ – disinterested, that… Read more »

dodgey_vicar
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dodgey_vicar

Colin,
as you know the only way to deal with bullies is to stand up to them.
Chin up, breathe deeply, and refuse to allow this or any other bully to intimidate you.
I would like to think that it is only a coincidence that it was a Nigerian and a Bishop concerned, but like you am unable to do so. (:-)
Keep up the good work.

Leonardo Ricardo
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Oh my! Nightmares, evilspirts walking, lurking, manisfesting themselves amongst the self-named ¨more correct¨ religiouslike men at prayer! Blatant harming, plotting, uncivil waring, corrupting, raping, thieving, bribing and BOLD lies being told and retold by well paid ¨lopsided¨ experts that spurt angry fate. Hate generating ¨pros¨ who tell whatever it is that will gently, yet intentionally, jackup the hysteria, grandstand for wrong, but, still, will attempt to steal the purging show. Processing purposefully, strutting stuff, engendering fear, spewing purist cultural solutions, whispering and shouting vile notions against other Christians and difference. Others who move away from you as fast as they… Read more »

drdanfee
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drdanfee

What is the possible plotting going on? Oh goodness sake, if any plotting goes on it probably is the same old realignment stuff – (A) how to continue to provoke confusion and polarization and choas via mainly presuppositional means (enacted via Ends Justify Means ethics?), and then (B) exploit the ensuing mess of hot button polarizations and warring spin to at least a passing realignment campaign advantage? That is what realignment campaigns have done so far, what they seem to be always doing now, and probably much of what we can likely anticipate from them in the future. Resistance is… Read more »

Christopher Shell
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Christopher Shell

It is true that one should where possible ask permission before taking someone’s photo. There are some tribes that believe that something of their soul is taken with it – just to illustrate that taking a photo is not a neutral act.

Father Ron Smith
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Father Ron Smith

“It is true that one should where possible ask permission before taking someone’s photo. There are some tribes that believe that something of their soul is taken with it – just to illustrate that taking a photo is not a neutral act.” – Christopher Shell – Conversely, there are some African Bishops who are not averse to having their photographs taken -provided they are seen with the ‘right’ people. This was just an incident where the bishop may have been with the ‘right’ people, but was being photographed by the ‘wrong’ person; the Head of ‘Changing attitude’ who, when he… Read more »

Christopher Shell
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Christopher Shell

Hi Fr Ron-

Exactly, and 2 wrongs don’t make a right. If I had any doubts about the motives of someone who was in an unsolicited way taking my photo I would speak to that person, and surely you would too.