Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Bishops from Global South on Resolution 1.10
The Archbishop of Canterbury is due to meet Bishops from the Global South on Saturday after they announced they would table their own resolution affirming Lambeth 1.10.
Lambeth 1.10 is the resolution passed at the Lambeth Anglican Bishops’ Conference in 1998 which rejected homosexual practice and upheld marriage as a union between a man and a woman for life.
Despite this, a number of provinces have chosen to ordain married gay bishops or allow same-sex marriages. These include the Episcopal Church of America (TEC), the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. , the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church of Wales.
A ‘call for human dignity’ to be debated at this year’s Lambeth Conference next week has been amended to remove a reaffirmation of Lambeth 1.10 after a backlash from liberal bishops.
In response, the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA) will table its own resolution affirming Lambeth 1.10 “as the official teaching of the Communion on marriage and sexuality”.
The resolution will be presented to the bishops on Monday. They and the Archbishop of Canterbury will be asked to sign it.
The GSFA said Lambeth 1.10 “is not just about sex and marriage, but fundamentally about the authority of the Bible which Anglicans believe is at the heart of faith and order”.
Archbishop Justin Badi, President of GSFA and Archbishop of South Sudan, said he was “grateful” that Archbishop Justin Welby agreed to meet to discuss the resolution.
He said walking together as a Communion “must be based on shared commitment to Holy Scripture”.
“For us in our provinces it is not primarily about same-sex sexual practices and unions, but rather that Anglicans seek first and foremost to be guided in their faith and order by scripture, not by the passing cultural waves of Western society,” he said. said.
“Unfortunately, some provinces are adapting Church teaching to try to appear relevant and to facilitate discipleship in order to reverse the rapid decline in church attendance. But as disciples, the scriptures do not not say to mold Jesus into ‘our’, but to be continually transformed by the Spirit into ‘His’ image.
“For too long the Anglican Communion has been guided by the views of the West. We often feel that our voice is not heard or respected. We invite every primate and bishop to sign our resolution and then with the majority of the Communion in favour, for the Instruments of the Anglican Communion to find ways to put faith and order back at the heart of what the Archbishop of Canterbury describes as ‘walking together’.
“Today in Canterbury we may be ‘gathered together’, but we certainly cannot ‘walk together’ until the provinces that have gone against scripture – and the will of the bishops’ consensus – do not repent and return to orthodoxy. The Communion is not healthy at the present time, and only major surgery can fix it.”
Bishop James Wong, Archbishop of the Indian Ocean Province, added, “At this conference we are asked to look at the needs of our broken world and offer hope. But we cannot mend a broken world when the Anglican Church is so broken and fractured.
“All provinces must remember that they are part of one body and one communion. Unfortunately, some provinces emphasize autonomy and forget the need to be interdependent.”
The bishops also announced their intention to abstain from participating in communion during the opening and closing services of the Lambeth Conference.
Spouses of gay bishops have not been invited to participate in the official conference spouse program but will be permitted to attend services.
Bishop Badi added, “The GSFA Primates will discuss the services with their Bishops, but all Orthodox Bishops will be encouraged to remain in their seats when others go to receive the bread and wine. This will be the start of a certain number of ‘visual differentials’ as we move forward from this conference.”