As a first-time blogger on my own site, I need to advertise the fact that my interest lies in furthering the cause of liberality in the gospel – as experienced by those in the world-wide Anglican Communion who have grasped the need to bring the Church into the 21st century of ideas; about the importance of including women and intrinsically gay persons in the ministry of our Church.
We, in New Zealand, already have one woman bishop as part of our local House of Bishops, and I believe this is a sign of God’s will for us in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We are already a multi-cultural Church, having indigenous Maori and Pacific island bishops and clergy; and I sincerely believe that this is a good basis for a more inclusive climate of ministerial orthodoxy in the South Pacific.
The present stand-off in the Anglican Communion – between those who are disposed to call themselves the ‘Global South’ contingency and similarly conservative parts of the Communion – and those of us who truly believe that gender and sexuality issues have to be debated and worked upon theologically and practically with the church of the Communion – is a dark cloud upon the horizon of our joint witness to the liberating power of the gospel in the modern world.
Therefore, anything that I can do, personally, to help to enlighten the debate going on around the Communion at this important juncture of our relationship; I will do.