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Questions asked of the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Global South to South Encounter in Egypt
titusonenine ^ | 11/10/2005

Posted on 11/10/2005 8:32:03 AM PST by sionnsar

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Question and Answer Session
The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
3rd South-to-South Encounter
28th October 2005

Twenty questions were submitted by delegates to the South-to-South Encounter. Where there was more than one question about the same topic, the most representative question was asked. They have also been grouped together into seven broad categories.

1. Human sexuality and authority.

a. “We are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God and we should never use language that demeans another human being. Granting all this, do you believe that same-sex sex can be holy and blessed? If so, on what authority do you base this belief?”

b. Civil Partnership Act in the UK. “Why did you and the other Bishops in leadership in the Church of England not withdraw from the Civil Partnership Agreement, as did the Roman Catholic Church? This has had a seriously negative impact on the church here.” And, “Some of us come from Muslim countries where it is legal to have four wives, yet the Church has maintained a strong teaching and witness to monogamy. Why, then, couldn’t the Church of England House of Bishops also make a strong witness against the Civil Partnership Act and uphold through deed, as well as word, the teaching and witness of the Church to heterosexual unions?”

2. The Archbishop of Canterbury as an Instrument of Unity and Authority.

“Can you show us your clear and unequivocal stand on the intransigence of ECUSA and Canada on the matter of human sexuality so that the rest of us in the Communion may be able prayerfully to decide whether we can continue to look up to you as the focus of unity, or whether we need to
take such other unilateral or collective decisions as we deem fit?”

3. The problem of ECUSA and Canada

a. “Archbishop Eames has declared that the Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA met and even exceeded the requirements laid down by the Windsor Report. On a scale of 1 to 10, do you agree with him? Why?”

b. “By what date do the invitations to Lambeth 2008 have to be sent out? Will this information be made public? By whom and when? Will there be categories of participants in the Lambeth conference, e.g., Full Participant and other categories?”

c. Anglican Communion Networks in ECUSA and Canada. “We have welcomed the Anglican Communion Networks in ECUSA and Canada as legitimate expressions of Anglicanism in North America. When can we expect you to acknowledge them as full members of the Anglican Communion?”

4. “We have heard inspired, deep, and articulate presentations during this conference, and met very effective Christian leaders throughout the Global South. How is it that you have not been able to find any qualified people from the Global South to appoint to positions of senior leadership and authority in the Anglican Communion office in London?”

5. “Why should the youth stay in the Anglican Church when the Pentecostal churches offer better music, more practical preaching, and prayer that works?”

6. Christian - Muslim relations. “You have been a strong leader for Christian-Muslim dialogue. When, if ever, is it appropriate to evangelize Muslims?”

7. Personal questions:

a. “Please share with us your testimony of how you came to faith in Christ.”
b. “Have you led someone to personal faith in Jesus Christ? Please describe the circumstances of one time.”

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant

1 posted on 11/10/2005 8:32:04 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 11/10/2005 8:32:38 AM PST by sionnsar (†† || (To Libs:) You are failing to celebrate MY diversity! || Iran Azad)
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To: sionnsar

Reply from Lambeth:

"uh, well I did sleep at a Holiday Inn last nite!"

3 posted on 11/10/2005 8:48:32 AM PST by Gman (AMiA Priest.)
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To: Gman

(chuckle) -- I've seen nothing on answers...

4 posted on 11/10/2005 9:13:10 AM PST by sionnsar (†† || (To Libs:) You are failing to celebrate MY diversity! || Iran Azad)
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5a - Hm. I'd argue about the music ....

5 posted on 11/10/2005 2:56:12 PM PST by RonF
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