Magazine article Anglican Journal

Beleaguered Churches Receive Crucial Support

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Beleaguered Churches Receive Crucial Support

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DELEGATES TO the third Afro-Anglicanism Conference held in Toronto last July criticized the Anglican Consultative Council, urged greater participation by youth and called for adoption of the United Nations' international development goals.

"We have wrestled with deep sincerity with the complex issues of human sexuality. We have sought to explore very faithfully all the moral and spiritual imperatives which are before us as Christians. The vast differences of approach have been evident in our dialogue," delegates said in a communique released at the end of the conference. "Nevertheless, we have not departed from the sacred truths of our common humanity. We have all been created in God's image."

The conference, which drew over 250 participants from Africa, the Caribbean, Britain, Canada and the United States, also passed a resolution asking the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) to restore the full participation of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA) in the council. The resolution expressed regret that both North American churches were, at the request of primates of the Anglican Communion, "excluded from full participation" in the recent meeting of the ACC in Nottingham.

The ACC is "too important an instrument of unity--reflective as it is of all orders of ministry in the church--to be hampered in its work of sustaining unity and total dialogue in the Communion," said the resolution. …

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