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New Zealand General Synod

The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia will meet from 8 to 13 May.

Anglican Taonga, the “communications arm of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia” has two news items about the meeting.
Synod primed for covenant debate
New archbishop likely to be named at General Synod

But that appears to be all that is officially available online. In particular, none of the papers are available. This does not please everybody and Bosco Peters says put General Synod online.

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I was a member or observer at the last four General Synods, but not of this one. My prediction is therefore totally unofficial. I think the covenant proposal is likely to make very heavy weather in the day-long discussion. There will be enough voices from the liberal/progressive/GLB-friendly end of the theological spectrum to raise the sorts of arguments that are typically canvassed on this and similar sites, at least to ensure a vigorous discussion. But I suggest that the more significant dynamic will arise from the 3-Tikanga structure of our Church. Any measure, and especially one of this magnitude must… Read more »

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“I can safely predict that the Anglican Church in ANZP will never break communion with Canterbury, Nigeria, TEC or Sydney. If any other church wants to break communion with us, that is their responsibility, and we would greet their decision will deep grief.”

I think that is the unspoken stand of many provinces;
Canada, TEC, Scotland, Wales, England, Mexico, Central America, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Australia, as well as the extra-provential churches, Cuba, Spain, and Portugal.

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Well said, Edward Prebble. As a retired priest in the Province of Aotearoa/New Zealand, I, too predict that The Anglicans in our Province will want to stay in Communion with both Canterbury and North America. However, with the latest shenanigans happening in the Global South meeting of GSE4, one wonders whether their actual theology fits in with the excellent Bible Studies which came from that Conference; wherein the Gospel predictions of the Suffering servant of Isaiah were seen to favour the inclusiveness which the Global South, per se, are currently opposing in their separation from the wider Anglican Communion. Maybe… Read more »