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Reaction to the ECUSA Actions:  Twenty-two of the thirty-eight Provinces of the Anglican Communion have declared impaired or broken communion with the Episcopal Church in response to the ordination of Vickie Gene Robinson.  The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Communion meet in Ireland Feb. 20 - 26, 2005 to consider the crisis and the recommendations contained in the Windsor Report.  The Primates issued a statement (the Dromantine Communiqué) calling on the North American Churches to take specific actions.

April 13, 2005.  Executive Council Determines To Send Representatives to June ACC Meeting. A special meeting of the Executive Council of the ECUSA was convened Wednesday, April 13, 2005, for the purpose of determining whether the ECUSA will send official representatives to the June 21-29 session of the
Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). In the Executive Council’s letter, addressed to the Rt. Rev. John C. Paterson, chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, the Council stated:

"We are mindful that Christ has made us members of one body, and that no part can say to any other ‘I have no need of you.’ At the same time we wish to express our openness to the concerns and beliefs of others. In the spirit of the Covenant Statement recently adopted by our House of Bishops, we voluntarily withdraw our members from official participation in the ACC as it meets in Nottingham. As an expression of our desire ‘to bear one another's burdens’ (Galatians 6:2), we are asking our members to be present at the meeting to listen to reports on the life and ministry we share across the Communion and to be available for conversation and consultation."

The Dromantine Communiqué specifically requested that "the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw their members from the Anglican Consultative Council for the period leading up to the next Lambeth Conference." During that period, the Primates had also requested that both churches respond through their relevant constitutional bodies to the questions specifically addressed to them in the Windsor Report as they consider their place within the Anglican Communion.

In a press release providing the Orthodox perspective on the Executive Council action, The American Anglican Council termed the letter "manipulative and deceptive." Noting that "the Primates were clear and direct in their call to the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada, the AAC release stated, "We cannot accept that the Executive Council does not understand what the Primates have requested, and therefore we must assume that this is a deliberate plan to circumvent and ignore the full intent of the Communiqué."

The special meeting of the Executive Council was held at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.

The ECUSA House of Bishop meet in Camp Allen Texas March 11-16, 2005 to consider the Dromantine Communiqué issued by the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the calls set forth in the  Windsor Report including a moratorium on further consecrations of individuals practicing active homosexual life styles.  Two documents were resultantly released by the HOB: A Covenant Statement; and, A Word to the Church

The SC-ACN has issued A Response to the Dromantine Communiqué and A Response to the HOB Covenant Statement.

On March 31, 2005, Presiding Bishop Griswold issued
a letter to the ECUSA Bishops in which he passed on his reflections and commentary on the Camp Allen meeting. 

Click Here to view Bishop Griswold's letter regarding the Camp Allen decisions.

Click Here to view the Dromantine Communiqué in its entirety.

Click Here to learn more about the Anglican Consultative Council.

Click Here to review the Windsor Report in its entirety.

March 11, 2005
American House of Bishops Meets (Camp Allen, Texas, March 11 - 16, 2005) The ECUSA House of Bishops is meeting to consider the Windsor Report’s call for a moratorium on further consecrations of individuals practicing active homosexual life styles, and for purposes of responding to the the requests of the Dromantine Communiqué.  Paragraphs 14 and 15 of the Communiqué read as follows:

14. Within the ambit of the issues discussed in the Windsor Report and in order to recognise the integrity of all parties, we request that the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw their members from the Anglican Consultative Council for the period leading up to the next Lambeth Conference. During that same period we request that both churches respond through their relevant constitutional bodies to the questions specifically addressed to them in the Windsor Report as they consider their place within the Anglican Communion. (cf. paragraph 8)

15. In order to protect the integrity and legitimate needs of groups in serious theological dispute with their diocesan bishop, or dioceses in dispute with their Provinces, we recommend that the Archbishop of Canterbury appoint, as a matter of urgency, a panel of reference to supervise the adequacy of pastoral provisions made by any churches for such members in line with the recommendation in the Primates’ Statement of October 2003 (xii). Equally, during this period we commit ourselves neither to encourage nor to initiate cross-boundary interventions.


March 3, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact:The Rev. John Guernsey
All Saints Episcopal Church, Dale City
703-670-0093

Anglican Primates Present Clear Choice

The deans of the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) convocations hosted a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia March 2-3, 2005 for ACN leaders as well as representatives of Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC).  The group discussed the Communiqué issued by Anglican Primates at their February 2005 meeting in Northern Ireland and praised the clear choice presented to the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) and the Anglican Church of Canada.  Each province must decide to walk together with the world-wide Anglican Communion or walk apart. 

“We are delighted that the Primates of the Anglican Communion have decisively affirmed historic Biblical faith and practice,” said the Rev. John Guernsey, dean of the Mid-Atlantic Convocation.  “We have been assured that the teaching of orthodox Anglicans in North America is consistent with the teaching of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and we renew our commitment to the Communion.  The landscape of the Communion has been changed radically by the Primates.”

The Primates’ Communiqué not only upheld the authority of Scripture but also re-affirmed Lambeth 1.10 as the Communion’s official teaching on human sexuality.  Their decision to request the United States and Canada to withdraw from the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) was unprecedented: never before has a province been instructed to stand down for a specific time frame.  The Primates have made it clear that failure to embrace and uphold Biblical teaching and practice will result in permanent consequences.  

The group meeting in Atlanta also expressed gratitude to the Primates for addressing the need to protect those in hostile dioceses as well as dioceses which have not yet determined to walk together with the Anglican Communion. The appointment of a “panel of reference” that will “supervise the adequacy of pastoral provisions” for those in “serious theological dispute” with their diocesan bishops or provinces offers fresh hope and a new beginning for those who have struggled with revisionist theology and acts of oppression for decades.  Again, such direct intervention by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates in another province is unparalleled.

“We believe this intervention is critical given the inadequate nature and proven failure of the Episcopal Church’s Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) plan and the Shared Episcopal Ministry (SEM) proposal in the Anglican Church of Canada,” said the Rev. Dr. Trevor Walters, Anglican Essentials Canada Council.  “We eagerly await formation of the panel of reference and are committed to assisting individual clergy and congregations engage the process offered.” 

In the transitional period following February’s meeting, the Anglican Communion Network and Anglican Essentials Canada remain committed to addressing shared fundamental needs of congregations including the jurisdictional oversight provided by godly bishops who have chosen to walk with the Communion; connection with the world-wide Communion; security for clergy to minister without fear of retribution or hindrance; and protection of property. 

Participants of the Atlanta meeting also pledged support for Bishop Robert Duncan, ACN Moderator, in his leadership of assembling and moving forward numerous Anglican entities in a Common Cause partnership.  In addition, the Network deans and Anglican Essentials leaders expressed commitment to assisting congregations to understand and respond as realignment unfolds.   

“We maintain our commitment to be submitted to God, confident, passionate and encouraging,” noted Bishop Duncan, who was present for part of the meeting.  “We are a biblical missionary movement fully connected with the Anglican Communion, dedicated to changing lives and transforming the world in Christ.”

A series of conferences is being planned to provide a forum to discuss details and future ramifications of the Primates’ Communiqué.  The first, “From Surviving to Thriving: Anglicans in the 21st Century,” is scheduled for April 1-2, 2005 in Woodbridge, Virginia, and featured speakers include Archbishop Gregory Venables, Bishop Robert Duncan, Canon David C. Anderson and Dr. Kendall Harmon. 

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2/24/05 - The Primates have issued a statement containing the following:

14. Within the ambit of the issues discussed in the Windsor Report and in order to recognise the integrity of all parties, we request that the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw their members from the Anglican Consultative Council for the period leading up to the next Lambeth Conference. During that same period we request that both churches respond through their relevant constitutional bodies to the questions specifically addressed to them in the Windsor Report as they consider their place within the Anglican Communion. (cf. paragraph 8)

15. In order to protect the integrity and legitimate needs of groups in serious theological dispute with their diocesan bishop, or dioceses in dispute with their Provinces, we recommend that the Archbishop of Canterbury appoint, as a matter of urgency, a panel of reference to supervise the adequacy of pastoral provisions made by any churches for such members in line with the recommendation in the Primates’ Statement of October 2003 (xii). Equally, during this period we commit ourselves neither to encourage nor to initiate cross-boundary interventions.

Click Here to view the Statement in its entirety.

Click Here to learn more about the Anglican Consultative Council.

Responses of the Anglican Mainstream, the AAC and the Network are reported below:

 Primates Statement - Anglican Mainstream Response
25th February 2005

We are grateful to God and to the Primates for the prayerful and considered way in which they have addressed the serious issues facing the Anglican Communion.

We welcome their strong endorsement of Lambeth 1:10 as the standard of Christian teaching on matters of human sexuality and their endorsement of the general thrust of the Windsor Report, including specifically the central place Anglicans accord to the authority of scripture and of 'autonomy-in-communion' as the balanced exercise of inter-dependence.

We support their request that ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada voluntarily withdraw from the Communion for the three years leading up to Lambeth 2008

We further support their request to their fellow bishops for a moratorium on public Rites of Blessing for same-sex unions and on the consecration of any bishop living in a sexual relationship outside Christian marriage.

We also support their request that the Archbishop of Canterbury establishes a panel of reference to supervise the adequacy of pastoral provisions for groups in 'serious theological dispute' with their diocesan bishop or dioceses in dispute with their Provinces.

We agree that further, careful work is needed on the concept and content of the proposed Covenant and share their caution about an overriding international jurisdiction for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

We trust that all members of our Churches, and their leaders, will respond positively to the Primates' strategy for repairing the tear in the Communion and thus enable us to address with renewed vigour our common mission to share the love of Christ with a needy and hurting world.

Philip Giddings
Convenor
Anglican Mainstream UK

Contact

Dr Philip Giddings:  0118 378 8207 (office hours);  0118 954 3892 (home)
                             0790 557 2479 (mobile)

Dr Chris Sugden:  01865 883388 or 0780 829 7043 (mobile)

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Primates Statement - AAC / Network Response
25th February 2005

“We are thankful for the work of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in addressing the complicated issues before them this week. This is a pivotal moment in Anglican history in which Biblical faithfulness has been reaffirmed.  At last a clear and unequivocal choice has been presented to the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada.  Being asked voluntarily to withdraw, the two provinces have been effectively suspended from the Communion until at least July 2008 in order to consider their place within that body.  They must choose between repentance marked by compliance with the Windsor Report or continued theological innovations that separate them from the teaching and life of the Anglican Communion. We applaud the pastoral sensitivity with which the Primates have addressed the concerns of those who feel betrayed by their church leadership as well as those of homosexual orientation.”

“Out of twenty-two paragraphs of the Communiqué, 15 focus on the Windsor Report, clearly indicating that the theological crisis faced by the Communion was the primates’ central concern.  The Communiqué gives hopeful evidence, however, that having dealt with this issue, the Communion can turn to critical matters such as developing effective strategies to address HIV AIDS, TB, malaria, absolute poverty and hunger reduction.”

“We will continue to pray for the Communion in this solemn period of transition as the church sorts out the various implications and ramifications of the Primates’ 2005 Communiqué.” 


2/23/05 - The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk ) relays that there have been reports that some archbishops are refusing to take communion with the US presiding bishop, Frank Griswold, but so far there have been no walkouts and all the archbishops attended the evensong, a service that also does not include the celebration of communion. 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1423353,00.html

2/23/05 - London Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk ) reports conservative archbishops won the first round in the battle for the soul of the Anglican Church yesterday when they "tore up" the agenda of the week-long meeting. Led by the primate of Nigeria, Dr Peter Akinola and primate of Central Africa, Dr Bernard Malango, the anti-gay evangelicals used their numerical strength to force the meeting to put subjects such as Aids and world poverty on the back burner and to spend all week debating the threatened schism over homosexuality. Insiders said Dr Williams had seemed sympathetic to the demands of the conservatives. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-2-1495749,00.html


2/22/05 - David Virtue (Virtueonline) reports that on Monday orthodox primates of the Global South refused to celebrate the Eucharist in the presence of ECUSA Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. Consequently, according to Virtue, Irish Primate Robin Eames announced that his chaplain would offer Eucharist and be the celebrant to anyone who wanted it. None of the Global South bishops showed up.  Virtue further quotes a Primate as stating that, "We would not celebrate the Eucharist at the same altar with Griswold."  For full details visit  http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=2111

The Salt Lake House of Bishops Meeting:  One Hundred Forty-Three (143) Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA), attended a day and a half meeting of the House of Bishops convened in Salt Lake City, Utah, January 12-13, 2005. The assembled Bishops issued "A Word to the Church" regarding the Windsor Report 2004. While the Bishops stated regret for the "pain, the hurt, and the damage" caused to the Anglican Communion by the ordination of a gay bishop, they neither disavowed the action nor addressed the Windsor Report’s call for moratoria on the election/ordination of non-celibate homosexuals and on the blessing of same sex unions, choosing instead to delay consideration until March of 2005.

Remarking on the House of Bishops' action and explaining the actions of he and twenty (20) other Bishops in issuing "A Statement of Acceptance of and Submission to the Windsor Report 2004," Bishop Edward Salmon of the Diocese of South Carolina stated, "I don’t think we are going to get anywhere if we don’t take the Windsor Report seriously. The response of the House of Bishops did not rise to the level expected by the Communion. We heard a call for submission, and we who are unequivocally prepared to submit have responded accordingly."



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