What is the future of the Anglican Communion?
I was asked this recently by a thoughtful observer of our laundry yard. Two things convince me that the Anglican world will not break up. After all it was founded in the USA by the first “Anglican” church that was not “Under” the Archbishop of Canterbury.
1) The following statement by the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in the USA on March 20, 2007 is a great statement of the gospel for Holy Week and Easter.
We proclaim the Gospel of what God has done and is doing in Christ, of the dignity of every human being, and of justice, compassion, and peace. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ there is no Jew or Greek, no male or female, no slave or free. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God’s children, including women, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ’s Church. We proclaim the Gospel that in Christ all God’s children, including gay and lesbian persons, are full and equal participants in the life of Christ’s Church. We proclaim the Gospel that stands against any violence, including violence done to women and children as well as those who are persecuted because of their differences, often in the name of God.
2) The Bishop of Botswana offers a more Anglican prespective than the Archbishop of Uganda.
LOUD voices from Africa, aided by the “almighty dollar” and internet lobbyists, are distorting the true picture of what Africa’s 37 million Anglicans really think about sexuality and the future of the Anglican Communion, says the Bishop of Botswana, the Rt Revd Musonda Mwamba.
Bishop Mwamba was hopeful for the future:
“I hear the voice of grace embraced by the majority of Anglican Africans. It is a still small voice. . . This is grace — the only way that can help us overcome the problems that bedevil our Communion today.”
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