Thursday, January 14, 2016

Congratulations to Justin Welby and his colleagues

From the primates2016 website.
Delighted but not surpised to know that, under Justin's leadership, the Anglican Primates meeting has concluded with a unanimous agreement, confounding the pundits who were confidently predicting a walkout.

The Primates agreed how they would walk together in the grace and love of Christ.and confirmed their unanimous commitment to walk together.

They note that the traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union, and that the majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching.

From the primates2016 website.
They say "It is our unanimous desire to walk together. However given the seriousness of these matters we formally acknowledge this distance by requiring that for a period of three years The Episcopal Church no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity."

They have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint a Task Group to maintain conversation with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of their commonality and exploring their deep differences, ensuring they are held between them in the love and grace of Christ.

This is an amazing achievement. Let us hope and pray that this spirit of wisdom and reconciliation percolates throughout the Church.

PS note also that: "The Primates condemned homophobic prejudice and violence and resolved to work together to offer pastoral care and loving service irrespective of sexual orientation. This conviction arises out of our discipleship of Jesus Christ. The Primates reaffirmed their rejection of criminal sanctions against same-sex attracted people.

The Primates recognise that the Christian church and within it the Anglican Communion have often acted in a way towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation that has caused deep hurt. Where this has happened they express their profound sorrow and affirm again that God's love for every human being is the same, regardless of their sexuality, and that the church should never by its actions give any other impression."

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