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Primates Pledge Solidarity After Meeting APO Diocese Leaders
American Anglican Council ^ | 11/22/2006 | The Rev. George Conger

Posted on 11/22/2006 3:25:46 PM PST by sionnsar

Representatives from eight dioceses of The Episcopal Church as well as clergy and lay leaders affiliated with the Anglican Communion Network met at an undisclosed location in Northern Virginia Nov. 15-17 with the Anglican primates of Kenya, Nigeria, West Africa and the West Indies.

A statement issued Nov. 8 by the Global South Steering Committee said the purpose of the private consultation was to “to investigate their appeal [for alternative primatial oversight] in greater detail and identify possible responses.” The primates moved the gathering to another location after an earlier published report named The Falls Church in suburban Washington, D.C., as the meeting's location.

Minimal information has been provided on the deliberations which were led by archbishops Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, Peter Akinola of Nigeria, Justice Akrofi of West Africa and Drexel Gomez of the West Indies. U.S. participants in the gathering told TLC they had been asked to refrain from commenting and that all public statements would be made by the visitors, the Global South Steering Committee. Meeting participants did say the discussions included testimony about the problems of The Episcopal Church, and discussions of structural solutions to these problems that could implemented by overseas primates.

The committee released a statement Nov. 20, stating they met with representatives from the dioceses of Central Florida, Dallas, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Quincy, San Joaquin, South Carolina, and Springfield, as well as with “representatives of other Windsor-compliant dioceses” and of congregations separated from The Episcopal Church.

The primates said they heard presentations on the political and theological state of The Episcopal Church, and noted they were “distressed” to learn of the “legalistic and autocratic environment” facing some “faithful Anglicans.” They said they felt “morally and spiritually compelled” to assert their solidarity with those present, and would report their findings to the wider leadership of the Global South Primates coalition, pledging to do “all in our power to bring about the desired outcome of the Windsor process.”

Detailed discussion was held over proposals outlined in the Global South’s Sept. 22 communiqué from Kigali, Rwanda, in which Global South primates called for the creation of a “separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the U.S.A.” Various possible structures for creating a 39th province in the Anglican Communion for traditionalist dioceses and congregations were also proposed.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote an open letter on Nov. 1 to the four primates, inviting them to “pay a call on me” to begin building a “missional relationship,” noting that The Episcopal Church and the Global South primates had a “common interest” in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

In the statement issued before the meeting, Archbishop John Chew, secretary of the Global South Steering Committee, said the primates would respond to the invitation from the Presiding Bishop in “due course.” But Bishop Jefferts Schori has yet to receive a response from any of the primates, according to Canon Bob Williams, director of communications at the Episcopal Church Center.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant

1 posted on 11/22/2006 3:25:48 PM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 11/22/2006 3:26:26 PM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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Main Entry: pri'mate
Etymology: Middle English primat, from Old French, from Medieval Latin primat-, primas archbishop, from Latin, leader, from primus
Date: 13th century
1 often capitalized : a bishop who has precedence in a province, group of provinces, or a nation
2 archaic : one first in authority or rank : LEADER

3 [New Latin Primates, from Latin, plural of primat-, primas] : any of an order (Primates) of mammals comprising humans, apes, monkeys, and related forms (as lemurs and tarsiers)
-pri'mate-ship \-*ship\ noun
--pri-ma'tial \pr*-*m*-sh*l\ adjective

3 posted on 11/22/2006 3:26:54 PM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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4 posted on 11/22/2006 3:54:10 PM PST by AnalogReigns (We really shouldn't sweat the small stuff...)
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"..but the title does bring up some funny images

I know what you mean.
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5 posted on 11/22/2006 4:54:25 PM PST by trickyricky
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Primates Pledge Solidarity After Meeting APO Diocese Leaders

Ungulates, Ruminants To Follow Suit

6 posted on 11/22/2006 5:01:44 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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Those must be the future humans they are talking about.

7 posted on 11/22/2006 8:59:24 PM PST by Creationist (If the earth is old show me your proof. Salvation from the judgment of your sins is free.)
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