Global South Conference, Cairo, Egypt
[A brief summary on the GAFCON UK site says that this Communique “contains a clear reiteration of biblical doctrine on the mission of the Church in the world and sexual ethics, and strong warnings to the Church of England and other Western expressions of Anglicanism. New Steering Committee elected which contains Primates from both ‘Global South’ and ‘GAFCON’ groupings, demonstrating convergence of both movements, speaking with one voice and committed to working together to shape orthodox global Anglicanism now and for the future.” ]
FULL TEXT OF PRESENTATIONS
The challenge of mission: presentation by Archbishops from Singapore and Nigeria: challenge-of-mission-gs (PDF)
Carthage Questions, Carthage Answers! by The Rt Revd Bill Musk
Archbishops nail corruption in Africa, and false trails to bring church unity, Chris Sugden, Anglican Mainstream
Beware of ideological slavery, warns Egypt Archbishop by Andrew Carey, Global Christian News
A history of the Global South by Chris Sugden
GGlobal South, GAFCON and the Pope by Chris Sugden
THE WIDER PICTURE
CAIRO: A Tale of Two Anglican Conferences by David Virtue, VOL
Loth as I normally am to publicise the plotting of GAFCON in its takeover bid to represent the soul of worldwide Anglicanism, I felt duty-bound to bring into the daylight things which might otherwise be hidden in the dark.
This article appears on the website of the oxymoronically-titled ‘Anglican Mainstream’ which does, indeed, represent a certain movement (maybe of a ‘Slipstream’ rather than mainstream) – not within Traditional Anglicanism but rather, against it. This conservative evangelical quasi-Anglican organisation has so readily allied itself to the Global South Anglican Provinces of the GAFCON (mostly African but with links to the Sydney Australian Diocese) as to make one wonder at its actual claim to represent any other than those Provinces with which it has so closely aligned itself.
What worries me is that, in Aotearoa/New Zealand & Polynesia, we now have another quasi-Anglican entity calling itself FoCANZ (the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans here in New Zealand. This local organisation has set itself up as the local branch of FoCA, which exists in England and the Sydney ‘Anglican’ Diocese. This new entity, headed by stipendiary clergy of the Christchurch diocese and supported in the main from the Nelson diocese; is seeking permission from our ACANZP General Synod to set up a parallel Anglican diocesan jurisdiction, in ACANZP, in order to pursue its own sola-Scriptura, homophobic agenda – in common with the GAFCON Provinces, based on its ‘Jerusalem Statement’ of Faith and their own Primates’ Conference – in direct opposition to the ‘Lambeth Quadrilateral’ and the Lambeth Bishops Conference – supported by non-Gafcon Bishops.
The Conference here described is an amalgam of both Gafcon and non-Gafcon Provinces of the ‘Global South’ geographical area of the Anglican Communion. These Provinces together are generally resistant to – for instance – any accommodation to LGBTI persons being ordained as clergy or bishops in their Churches. They are assisted in their cultural distaste for Same-Sex Blessings by those conservatives in the Western Provinces (FoCA) who have rejected any movement towards the radical inclusion of ‘Gays’ in ministry, on the basis of their belief that the biblical injunctions against Same-Sex relationships (mostly in the O.T. but also in a few versse from Saint Paul’s Epistles) should be maintained – despite evidence and experience in today’s world that cry out for a more compassionate understanding of the total thrust of the New Testament Scriptures.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand