Thursday, October 14, 2010

More action on Rowan Williams' Pentecost Letter

Kenneth Kearon, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Office, has announced that the delegate from the Southern Cone to the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has been dismissed as a full member of the committee.  This follows similar action against delegates from the United States this past summer.

A thought and a question.

First, as I said back in May when Williams' letter came out, I think that those Anglican churches working towards renewal in North America should be ready to embrace discipline for their actions that have disrupted the unity of the Communion.  Acknowledging that we have made a sort of penultimate choice against the visible structures of unity for the sake of a more fundamental commitment to unity also means acknowledging that doing so will have temporary consequences.  And really, this is all the more reason for the disparate North American splinter groups to move on with the task of the ACNA, and to achieve independence from the Southern Cone, Rwanda, Nigeria, etc. so that our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Communion don't have to sit under ecclesiastical censure any longer than is necessary.  Their ministry to us over the past number of years has been an enormous blessing, and we should seek as far as possible to not be a burden to their own relationship with the wider Communion.

Second, I have searched around and found notification of the U.S. delegates being dis-invited from membership, and now the Southern Cone.  Am I missing anyone?  I'm not as up on all of this as I should be.  Has the Canadian delegation received similar notification?  Has Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan been replaced, or will she be replaced?  And what of Nigeria or Rwanda?  Again, I may have missed this and it's simply old news.

1 comment:

  1. First, to the best of my knowledge, no one has been dis-invited aside from those in the US and in the Southern Cone. It is unclear to me why Nigeria and Rwanda have received no discipline, although perhaps they are not involved in any ecumenical groups.

    I think your point about relieving other provinces of the burden of irregular canonical order is very, very interesting. And, your own willingness to encourage the acceptance of discipline is, in my opinion, as noble as it is honest. Of course, it also expects Christians to act like Christians. Alas...