In a context of confusion and flashy journalism, rigour becomes a precious value.
Nicholas Okoh, Chairman of Gafcon, urges to handle disagreement between Anglicans with “theological integrity” that “minimises the hurt and distress that has been all too evident”.
The reality of our global church goes beyond what we imagine, and is growing in unexpected ways.
About 2,000 Anglican representatives gather in Jerusalem under the theme “Proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations”. The movement has grown exponentially due to its commitment to the authority of the Bible.
Lorna Ashworth leaves the Archbishop’s Council saying the Church of England should be “following the unadulterated teaching of Christ even when it contradicts the spirit of the age”.
A clause will protect ministers with a traditional biblical view of marriage. Gafcon reacts by appointing a “missionary bishop” for the UK.
“We commit ourselves afresh to care pastorally for those who are same-sex attracted”, says a statement issued in Cairo (Egypt).
Churches which support the criminalisation of homosexuality could face “consequences”, Justin Welby warned. Anglican leaders also emphasised the importance of evangelising children and youth.
“The traditional doctrine of the church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union”, Primates say after crucial discussions.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hopes the crucial meeting happening in London will not end in a split. An alternative communion of leaders from the Global South emerges.