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Sudan Church expels US missionary: CEN 5.22.09 p 7. May 26, 2009

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Episcopal Church of the Sudan, Human Sexuality --- The gay issue, Virginia.

The Archbishop of Juba has expelled an American missionary for having claimed the Episcopal Church of the Sudan backed the Episcopal Church’s stance on gay blessings.

On May 13, the Diocese of Virginia reported that the Rev. Lauren Stanley’s comments to the January meeting of its diocesan synod “were deemed offensive” to the Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

“As a result,” Archbishop Daniel Deng of Juba, the Primate of the Sudan, requested that Ms Stanley “be withdrawn from that mission field permanently. Bishop Lee brought Lauren home in early March in response to that request.”

Virginia Bishop Peter Lee stated that Ms. Stanley had “served faithfully in the Diocese of Renk, Sudan, for nearly four years, receiving widespread support among her students and the local community” and as an advocate for the Church in the Sudan amongst parishes in the US and was currently seeking a new mission posting overseas.

Mary Ailes, an Anglican writer in Northern Virginia, reported that at the January Virginia synod meeting, a resolution affirming the blessing of same-sex unions was put forward that endorsed the “inherent integrity of and blessedness of” such “committed Christian relationships.”

Ms. Stanley, a lecturer at Renk Theological College endorsed the amendment, and discounted concerns raised by other delegates that the resolution would lead to strained relations with the diocese’s partners in the Sudan.  Ms. Stanley argued same-sex blessings in the US church were not problematic for the church in the Sudan.

While open to financial and administrative support from progressive Western dioceses, the Church of the Sudan has taken a dim view of the innovations in sexual ethics made by the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada.  The Sudanese House of Bishops has rejected gay bishops and blessings, and at the 2008 Lambeth Conference Archbishop Deng called upon New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson to resign.


1. Sioux - May 27, 2009

Good for the Archbishop of Juba and for Sudan!

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