Skip to comments.Slug Nutty [liberal take on Nottingham]
Posted on 06/23/2005 6:54:40 PM PDT by sionnsar
Judging by the early liberal spin, conservative Anglicans won big at Nottingham. Inclusive Church actually thinks the liberals carried the day:
Inclusive Church welcomes the reinstatement of the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada within the bodies of the Anglican Communion.
The grassroots network of Anglican Christians and various church interest groups and bodies regrets that the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Nottingham today was not able to include the North American churches unconditionally. However, that the vote taken failed to achieve a clear majority is an affirmation of the diversity of the communion and a powerful reminder of our identity as Anglicans. Now, we can move forward to the listening process called for by the 1998 Lambeth Conference and begun at the Anglican Consultative Council.
The Revd Giles Goddard, Executive Secretary of Inclusive Church said: The landscape has changed. The Church is not polarised in the way people have assumed. The simplistic characterisation of the Global South and the West has been shown to be false. Inclusive Church looks forward to building on these creative dialogues formally and informally to combat the many forms of exclusion within and beyond our Church.
Well, the conservatives may not have won a "clear majority" but they did get most of the votes. And with the primates, who asked them to stay away from ACC until the next Lambeth Conference in the first place, coming on board, they'll get even more in the future. Richard Kirker of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement thinks the conservatives only won because the Americans and Canadians didn't vote.
This is a very significant vote. The narrowness of its success and the fact the Americans and Canadians decided not to attend as voting delegations shows the Communion does not have the heart for the agenda inspired by American conservatives and led by the Archbishop of Nigeria.
My hope is that they will stand back now and rethink. They may have forced this humiliation on their American and Canadian sister churches, but they can now see that they have not won the hearts of most Anglican Provinces.
We had been led to believe that the views of the conservatives were practically universal, that is patently not the case. After the presentations from Canada and America justifying their positive stance towards homosexuals, I talked to three delegates from Asia, Africa and South America, each said they had changed their view and were reconsidering their position.
Translation: I haven't actually talked to anybody from Asia, Africa and South America at all, I'm just running smack. But let's see. ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada were asked to voluntarily keep their representatives away from the Nottingham meeting. Both churches sent their representatives anyway as unofficial "observers." If either church had attempted to vote, the Anglican split would probably have taken place right then and there.
Considering that the Anglican Consultative Council was the most liberal of the Anglican "instruments of unity" and considering the amount of time that the Americans and Canadians spent lobbying ACC members, a loss here coupled with the Newry primates statement, Dr. Williams opening speech to the ACC and this ludicrously inept spin adds even more to the impression that the Anglican left has taken a considerable hit.
Heck, you mean those conservative Anglicans that believe all that silly Jesus stuff that the trendy Americans have moved beyond...
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