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Title: Global Realignment in the Anglican Communion

Global Realignment in theAnglican Communion
  • A Canadian Chronology

Canadian Chronology
  • 1893 - Solemn Declaration
  • WE, the Bishops, together with the delegates
    from the Clergy and Laity of the Church of
    England in the Dominion of Canada, now assembled
    in the first General Synod, hereby make the
    following Solemn Declaration
  • WE declare this Church to be, and desire that it
    shall continue, in full communion with the Church
    of England throughout the world, as an integral
    portion of the One Body of Christ

Canadian Chronology
  • 1893 - Solemn Declaration
  • composed of the Churches which, united under the
    One Divine Head and in fellowship of the One Holy
    Catholic and Apostolic Church, hold the One Faith
    revealed in Holy Writ, and defined in the Creeds
    as maintained by the undivided primitive Church
    in the undisputed Ecumenical Councils receive
    the same Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New
    Testaments, as containing all things necessary to
    salvation teach the same Word of God. . .to hold
    and maintain the Doctrine, Sacraments, and
    Discipline of Christ as the Lord hath commanded
    in his Holy Word. . .and to transmit the same
    unimpaired to our posterity.

Canadian Chronology
  • 1979 - House of Bishops Guidelines
  • We do not accept the blessing of homosexual
  • 1997 - House of Bishops Pastoral Statement
  • We are not ready to authorize the blessing of
    relationships between persons of the same sex.
  • 1998 - Lambeth Resolution 1.10 states the
    Communion Position Rejects homosexual practice
    as incompatible with scripture and could not
    advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex
    unions nor ordaining those involved in same
    gender unions

Canadian Chronology
  • 2002 (June) - Diocese of New Westminster
  • Becomes the first Anglican diocese in the world
    to formally authorize the blessing of same sex
  • 2003 (May) - Primates Meeting in Brazil
  • we as a body cannot support the authorisation of
    such rites.
  • Within one week of the Brazil meeting, the bishop
    issues a Rite and the first official blessing
    takes place in the diocese of New Westminster.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2003 (October) - Primates meeting at Lambeth
  • Reaffirm 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10
  • Referring to ECUSA and Diocese of New Westminster
  • these decisions jeopardise our sacramental
    fellowship with each other
  • This will tear the fabric of our Communion at
    its deepest level, and may lead to further

Canadian Chronology
  • 2003 (October) Primates meeting at Lambeth
  • On care for those adhering to Anglican teaching
  • . . . we call on the provinces concerned to
    make adequate provision for episcopal oversight
    of dissenting minorities within their own area of
    pastoral care in consultation with the Archbishop
    of Canterbury on behalf of the Primates.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2004 - Canadian General Synod
  • Affirms the integrity and sanctity of committed
    adult same-sex relationships
  • Primates Theological Commission to report by GS
    2007 on whether same sex blessings are a matter
    of doctrine
  • No attempt to stop the diocese of New
    Westminster, nor to make provision for Adequate
    Episcopal Oversight for dissenting minorities
    (per October 2003 Primates Communiqué)

Canadian Chronology
  • 2004 (November) - The Windsor Report
  • 143 - 5 charges against New Westminster
  • Proceeded unilaterally
  • Against the formally expressed opinions of the
    Instruments of Unity
  • Action in breach of the legitimate application
    of the Christian faith as the churches of the
    Anglican Communion have received it
  • In breach of the bonds of affection in the life
    of the Communion
  • In breach of the principle of interdependence

Canadian Chronology
  • The Windsor Report (cont)
  • 144 Called for
  • A moratorium
  • Provinces to take responsibility for ensuring
    commitment on the part of their bishops
  • 151 Commended
  • . .delegated pastoral oversight for those who
    are dissenting. . . sufficient to provide a
    credible degree of security on the part of the
    alienated community, so that they do not feel at
    the mercy of a potentially hostile leadership.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2004 - The Windsor Report (cont)
  • Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) in
    the U.S. and Shared Episcopal Ministry (SEM) in
    Canada clearly lack that
  • credible degree of security. . .
  • The Windsor Report Concludes
  • 157 There remains a very real danger . . walk

Canadian Chronology
  • 2005 (February) Primates Meeting in Dromantine,
  • Asked the ACC to voluntarily withdraw until
  • Called for a moratorium on public Rites of
  • Re-affirmed the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10
  • Called as a matter of urgency for a panel of

Canadian Chronology
  • 2005 (February) - Primates Meeting in
    Dromantine, Ireland (cont)
  • ACC to appear before the Anglican Consultative
    Council in June toset out the thinking behind
    the recent actions of their Province.
  • 2005 (May) - St. Michaels Report is released
  • Blessing of same sex unions is a matter of
    Doctrine, but not core doctrine in the sense of
    being credal - not communion breaking
  • 2005 (June) - Anglican Consultative Council
    Hearing, Nottingham
  • Upheld the voluntary withdrawal (suspension)
    until 2008

Canadian Chronology
  • October 2005
  • Archbishop of Canterbury is a guest speaker at
    the Egypt South to South Encounter
  • ACNS 4063, Oct. 31 reports
  • On the status of the networks of dissenting
    parishes in the United States and Canada, he said
    that he was happy to recognise them as part of
    the Anglican Communion

Canadian Chronology
  • October 2005 (cont)
  • There is no doubt in my mind that these networks
    are full members of the Anglican Communion that
    is to say that their bishops, their clergy and
    their people are involved with the Communion
    which I share with them, which we all share with
    them. Now formal ecclesial recognition of a
    network as if it were a province is not so simply
    in my hands or the hands of any individual. But I
    do want to say quite simply yes of course these
    are part of our Anglican fellowship and I welcome

Canadian Chronology
  • 2006 October - Panel of Reference releases report
    on the Diocese of New Westminster
  • Affirms SEM.
  • Archbishop Drexel Gomes (West Indies) responds
    . . the recommendations of the Panel do not
    respond adequately to the real situation.
  • Archbishop Gregory Venables (Southern Cone)
    does not appear that it will offer solutions of
    adequate or appropriate substance.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (February) - Primates Meeting in Dar Es
  • Affirmed 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10 as the
    standard of teaching which is presupposed in the
    Windsor Report and from which the Primates have
  • Affirmed that actions of the ACC have challenged
    the standard of teaching on human sexuality
    articulated in the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10
  • Grateful for the work of the Panel of Reference
    but did not endorse or discuss any of their
    recommendations or reports.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (February) Primates Meeting in Dar Es Salaam
  • Commended the work of the Covenant Design Group
    for the Lambeth Conference (2008)
  • Re TECs response to the Dromantine requests
  • lack of clarity
  • inconsistency between the position of General
    Convention and local pastoral provision
  • ambiguous stance causes concern

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (February) Primates Meeting in Dar Es Salaam
  • Acknowledged Primates have intervened in
  • Not right to end those interventions until
    sufficient provision for the life of those
  • Require a robust scheme of pastoral oversight to
    provide. . . adequate space to flourish within
    the life of that church in the period leading up
    to the conclusion of the Covenant Process
  • Recommended a Pastoral Council to act on behalf
    of the Primates
  • Acknowledged such pastoral needs . . . are not
    limited to TEC alone.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (February) Primates Meeting in Dar Es Salaam
  • Asked TEC House of Bishops (by September 30) for
  • an unequivocal common covenant they will not
    authorize any Rite of Blessing for same-sex
    unions and
  • will not consent to the consecration of any
    bishop living in a same-sex union. . . unless
    some new consensus on these matters emerges
    across the Communion
  • As of September 30, 2007, the Pastoral Council
    was rejected and the unequivocal statements were
    not provided

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (June) General Synod of the ACC, Winnipeg
  • Accepts same sex blessings are a matter of
    doctrine, but not in conflict with the core
    doctrine of the ACC
  • Rejects upholding Lambeth Resolution 1.10 as the
    current standard of Anglican teaching and a
    moratorium on same-sex blessings.
  • Rejects a motion to affirm local option but
    fails to address New Westminster situation
  • Requests a theological rationale to be brought to
    GS 2010 on the implications of the blessing of
    same-sex unions and/or marriages

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 - Post September 30
  • In an October letter to Bishop John Howe (Central
    Florida), the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote
  • Any Diocese compliant with Windsor remains
    clearly in communion with Canterbury and the
    mainstream of the Communion, whatever may be the
    longer-term result for others in The Episcopal
    Church. The organ of union with the wider Church
    is the Bishop and the Diocese rather than the
    Provincial structure as such.
  • What is Windsor compliance? Who decides? When?

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 (September) Common Cause Council of Bishops
  • This is another Presentation in this Conference

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 - (November)
  • Bishop Donald Harvey comes out of retirement to
    become an active bishop under Primate Gregory
    Venables in the Province of the Southern Cone
  • The Council of General Synod denounces his move
    and claim any proposed episcopal acts are not a
    valid expression of Anglicanism and are in
    contravention of the ancient and continuing
    tradition of the Church
  • CoGS makes no statement regarding the motions to
    bless same sex marriages, passed at the recent
    Synods of Ottawa, Montreal and Niagara.

Canadian Chronology
  • 2007 - (November) ANiC Conference
  • ANiC offers Adequate Episcopal Oversight and
    Communion connection to biblically-faithful
    Canadian Anglicans in serious theological
    dispute with their bishop, diocese, or the ACC
    and who wish to remain in full communion with
    the Church of England throughout the world while
    the global Communion seeks to repair the tear
    through the Covenant process or other means.