From the Rector
January 14, 2016
From the Rector . . .
You may be hearing some more news about the Anglican Communion. The Primates of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion are gathered for a weeklong meeting at Canterbury Cathedral in England with the head of the Communion who is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The “Primates” are the head bishops of the Provinces. Our new Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is representing us who are members of The Episcopal Church.
Here is a brief summary of the news from that meeting.
(Episcopal News Service) A majority of Anglican primates Jan. 14 asked that the Episcopal Church, for a period of three years, “no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal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.”
Expressing their unanimous desire to walk together, the primates said that their call comes in response to the decision by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention last June to change canonical language that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman and authorize two new marriage rites with language allowing them to be used by same-sex or opposite-sex couples. (end)
Although it comes as “news” and may live for a day or so in the news cycle if something more newsworthy doesn’t take its place, this really is old “news”. The Primates of the global south tend to be evangelicals and biblical literalists. They haven’t been in serious communion with us for more than a decade for our women bishops and now for ordination and marriage of homosexuals. It is sad but not news.
Second, the proclamations from the Primates do not in any way impact our mission and ministry. Last Friday we were privileged to host a conversation sponsored by the Dayton Peace Museum on Welcome Dayton, which is the effort to welcome and resettle refugees. Mayor Nan Whaley was the keynoter. This Friday Christ Church is the site for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. CityHeart is welcoming and assisting poor and homeless people every weekday. Hungry people are being fed through the Episcopal Food Pantry and hot meals served in the homeless shelters, people are counseled and visited and prayed with, God is glorified in worship and hungry souls are fed with the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation.
That was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow despite Primatial declarations.