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Scenes from Alexandria: The Closing Press Conference February 20, 2009

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The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates Media spokesman, Archbishop Philip Aspinall at the closing press conference of the 2009 Primates Meeting on Feb 5.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates Media spokesman, Archbishop Philip Aspinall at the closing press conference of the 2009 Primates Meeting on Feb 5. First published in the Church of England Newspaper.

Bishop Baroi of Bangladesh December 1, 2007

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Bishop Michael Baroi of Dhaka and Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh.  Photo taken Feb 18, 2007.

Archbishop Dirokpa of the Congo December 1, 2007

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The Most Rev Fidele Dirokpa, Archbishop of the Congo and Bishop of Kinshasa.  Photo take Feb 18, 2007 in Zanzibar.

Bishop Ignacio Soliba of the Philippines December 1, 2007

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The Presiding Bishop of the Philippines, the Most Rev. Ignacio Soliba.  Photo taken Feb 18, 2007 in Zanzibar.

Dr. Mouneer Anis of Jerusalem & the Middle East December 1, 2007

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The Presiding Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Dr. Mouneer Anis of Egypt.

Taken Feb 18, 2007 in Zanzibar.

Colin Coward at sea December 1, 2007

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The Rev Colin Coward, president of Changing Attitude UK at sea on Feb 18, 2007 during the passage from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar during the Primates Meeting.

Elizabeth Paver and Kenneth Kearon in Dar es Salaam October 15, 2007

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ACC Standing Committee member Elizabeth Paver and ACC secretary general Canon Kenneth Kearon at the Dar es Salaam Cathedral, Feb 11, 2007

Primates Meeting 2007: Canon James Rosenthal June 30, 2007

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An unpublished photo of Canon James Rosenthal, director of communications of the Anglican Consultative Council, taken on the steps of the Dar es Salaam Anglican Cathedral on Feb 11, 2007. Today, June 30, 2007 Canon Rosenthal will be ordained a deacon in The Church of England. May God continue to bless him and his ministry.

Primates Meeting 2007: TLC Dar es Salaam Cathedral 2.11.07 June 30, 2007

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Scene outside the Cathedral door following Sunday services on Feb 11, 2007 at the Anglican Cathedral in Dar es Salaam, the two male clergy are the Rev Canon Kenneth Kearon, ACC secretary general, and Bishop Gerald Mpango of Western Tanganyika. Lay Canon Elizabeth Paver of the Anglican Consultative Council standing committee (in blue) is speaking to an unnamed Congolese female priest. First published in The Living Church.

Primates Meeting 2007: CEN Gerald Mpango and Charlie Masters 2.11.07 June 30, 2007

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The Rt. Rev. Gerald Mpango, Bishop of Western Tanganyika and the Rev. Canon Charlie Masters, President of the Anglican Essentials (Canada) Coalition following Sunday services at the Dar es Salaam Cathedral on Feb 11, 2007. First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

US Executive Council Rebuffs Primates’ Demands: CEN 6.22.07 p 7. June 20, 2007

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The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has rejected the primates’ call for the creation of a pastoral council to support embattled US traditionalists, saying the primates had no authority to dictate to the American church.

Meeting on June 14 in New Jersey, the Council—the church’s governing body between meetings of the General Convention— stated they agreed with the American bishops that the primates’ request would violate the Episcopal Church’s “polity”.

“We agree with the bishops’ assessment including the conclusion that to participate in the scheme would violate our Constitution and Canons. We thus decline to participate in the pastoral scheme, and respectfully ask our Presiding Bishop not to take any of the actions asked of her by this scheme. We affirm the pledge of our bishops to ‘continue to work to find ways of meeting the pastoral concerns of the primates that are compatible with our own polity and canons’,” the statement said.

Rejection of the primates’ communiqué was not unanimous; with lay member Belton Ziegler of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina stating the argument that the primates’ request was unlawful was specious. He asked the Council to adopt a substitute resolution referring the primates’ proposal back to the bishops for reconsideration. His resolution was defeated soundly.

The Executive Council took the unusual course of adopting a resolution claiming that the introduction of nullification clauses by the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, San Joaquin and Quincy were “null and void”.

“Any amendment to a diocesan constitution that purports in any way to limit or lessen an unqualified accession to the constitution of The Episcopal Church is null and void, and be it further resolved that the amendments passed to the constitutions of the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Quincy and San Joaquin, which purport to limit or lessen the unqualified accession to the constitution of The Episcopal Church are accordingly null and void and the constitutions of those dioceses shall be as they were as if such amendments had not been passed,” the Council said.

While Executive Council resolutions have no binding legal authority and are advisory only, observers noted the claim set forth by the Council that it could interpret the meaning of canons was contradicted by its own statements.

In rejecting the primates’ call for a pastoral council earlier that day, Executive Council stated: “Neither the Executive Council, the Presiding Bishop, nor the House of Bishops can give binding interpretations of General Convention resolutions nor make an ‘unequivocal common commitment’ to denying future decisions by dioceses or General Convention.”

On June 18 the chancellors for the four dioceses released a statement accusing the Executive Council of overreaching, saying as the Episcopal Church had declared the “authority of Holy Scripture null and void so we are not surprised that its Executive Council attacks our diocesan constitutions because we reserve the right not to accede to the [Episcopal Church’s] unbiblical actions.”

“The Executive Council does not have the authority to make decisions or pass resolutions of this type on behalf of [the Episcopal Church]. Furthermore, the Executive Council does not have the right to interfere in internal diocesan constitutional processes. The Executive Council’s declaration is contrary to the law and to the historic Anglican faith,” the chancellors said.

The Executive Council also received a report from Nigerian gay rights activist Davis Mac Iyalla. Speaking to a supportive audience, Mac Iyalla who stated he was honored by the Church of Nigeria’s as a knight, recounted his persecution at the hands of the state and the Church of Nigeria for his pro-gay activism.

On June 17, a Lagos newspaper reported a warning issued by the Church of Nigeria concerning confidence tricksters using the name of the church to fraudulently solicit funds, quoting the church’s communications director as saying “we have even seen a situation where a supposed knight collects money to organise homosexual meetings that only take place on sponsored news reports.”

Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Dr. Idris Jones June 15, 2007

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The Most Rev Idris Jones, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Glasgow. This photo appeared in the June 15 issue of The Church of England Newspaper. It was taken Feb 13, 2007 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Primates Meeting 2007: The White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam. 2.13.07 June 10, 2007

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An unpublished photograph of the venue of the 2007 Primates Meeting. The White Sands Hotel, an hours drive north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Primates deliberations were in the larger of the thatched roof buildings.

Primates Meeting 2007: Day 1, The calm before the storm June 8, 2007

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Primates gathered in the VIP lounge at the Dar es Salaam airport on Feb 13 following the arrival of Archbishop Williams and his party from London. From left to right, the Most Rev. Donald Mtetemela, Archbishop of Tanzania, the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Andrew Hutchison, Archbishop of Canada, the Most Rev. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. Canterbury, York, Canada and their aides were on the same BA flight to Dar es Salaam from London, along with the Archbishops of Ireland, Scotland and Brazil.

This photo first appeared in The Church of England Newspaper.

Primates Meeting 2007: Davis Mac Iyalla June 5, 2007

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Nigerian gay rights activist Davis Mac Iyalla speaking to the press at the White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam on Feb 13. This photo I took accompanied an article by Stephen Bates published in the Guardian on Feb 14 from the conference.

Primates Meeting 2007: TCC Archbishop Williams preaching in Zanzibar, 2.18.07 June 4, 2007

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Archbishop Rowan Williams preaching from the pulpit of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA) Cathedral in Stone Town, Zanzibar on Feb 18, 2007.  The Bishop of Mwapwa, Simon Chiwanga (right) translated the sermon into Swahili for the congregation.

This picture was first published in The Christian Challenge, Jan-March 2007,  p 13.

Primates Meeting 2007: TCC Zanzibar group photo, 2.18.07 June 4, 2007

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Archbishop Rowan Williams, Canon Andrew Norman and Tanzanian bishops and lay leaders pose for a formal photograph outside the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa Cathedral in Zanzibar on Feb 18, 2007. This was the only group photo taken during the meeting. The primates declined to pose together for a group photo. During the Cathedral Eucharist, several Global South Primates also declined to receive the sacraments with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. A group photo had been scheduled following the Eucharist, and was on the day’s official agenda, but was called off after several primates made it known they would not participate.

This photograph was published in the Jan – March 2007 issue of The Christian Challenge, p 6.

Primates Meeting 2007: TCC Coming Ashore in Zanzibar 2.18.07 June 2, 2007

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From left to right: Archbishop Henry Orombi of Uganda, Archbishop Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone, Canon Phil Groves of the ACC. In the background Hong Kong Archbishop Peter Kwong and West Indies Archbishop Drexel Gomez.

This photo was published in the Jan-March issue of The Christian Challenge, p. 10.

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Primates Meeting 2007: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori off the coast of Zanzibar June 1, 2007

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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori off the coast of Zanzibar 2.18.07

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori standing on the fantail of the ferry carrying the Primates from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam on the afternoon of Feb 18, 2007.  First published in The Living Church magazine on line.

Resolutions Arose From Bishops’ Concern Over Pastoral Council Nominations: TLC 3.22.07 March 22, 2007

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The House of Bishops’ rejection of a pastoral council is not The Episcopal Church’s final word on the primates’ communiqué, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said during a telephone conference call with reporters on March 21.

The conference occurred during an afternoon break on the final day of the spring House of Bishops’ meeting at Camp Allen near Navasota, Texas.

Read it all in The Living Church.

House of Bishops Begins Discussion of Primates’ Communiqué: TLC 3.19.07 March 19, 2007

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The primates’ Feb. 19 communique and its Sept. 30 deadline for a response from the House of Bishops have been topics of discussion from the outset of the House of Bishops’ March 16-21 meeting at the Camp Allen Conference Center near Houston. This is the first time the bishops have gathered since Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected during General Convention last June.

The communiqué was also addressed by Bishop Jefferts Schori in plenary during a question-and-answer session on the primates’ meeting. While no response to the communiqué is planned for this meeting, sources present told The Living Church a number of bishops believe the request is improper. Several bishops have argued that the primates do not have the authority to dictate a specific course of action, nor can the bishops bind The Episcopal Church to its recommendations. Objections have also been raised to the use of 1998 Lambeth resolution 1.10 on human sexuality being made a benchmark for the Communion.

Read it all in The Living Church.

House of Bishops Begins Discussion of Primates’ Communiqué: TLC 3.19.07 March 19, 2007

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The primates’ Feb. 19 communique and its Sept. 30 deadline for a response from the House of Bishops have been topics of discussion from the outset of the House of Bishops’ March 16-21 meeting at the Camp Allen Conference Center near Houston. This is the first time the bishops have gathered since Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected during General Convention last June.

The communiqué was also addressed by Bishop Jefferts Schori in plenary during a question-and-answer session on the primates’ meeting. While no response to the communiqué is planned for this meeting, sources present told The Living Church a number of bishops believe the request is improper. Several bishops have argued that the primates do not have the authority to dictate a specific course of action, nor can the bishops bind The Episcopal Church to its recommendations. Objections have also been raised to the use of 1998 Lambeth resolution 1.10 on human sexuality being made a benchmark for the Communion.

Read it all in The Living Church.

News Analysis: Behind the Scenes in Dar es Salaam: TLC 2.28.07 February 28, 2007

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The Anglican Communion teetered on the brink of collapse throughout the final day of the primates’ meeting, Feb. 15-19 in Tanzania, with conflicting theological and philosophical views jousting for control of the future of Anglicanism.

A split was averted in the final hour when a compromise solution brokered by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola gave traditionalists the doctrinal standards they desired, while permitting a temporary structural latitude that allows all parties to remain part of the Communion’s conversation, for at least eight more months.

Read it all in The Living Church.

Divisions Remain as Deadline for Communique Approaches: TLC 2.18.07 February 18, 2007

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The leaders of the Anglican Communion have only two business sessions remaining to craft an action plan that addresses long-simmering tensions that were brought into sharp relief in 2003 following the 74th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. A resolutions committee led by the Primate of the Indian Ocean, Archbishop Ian Ernest, has been working to prepare a consensus declaration in time for the conclusion of the Feb. 14-19 primates’ meeting.

The fact that they remain divided was symbolically expressed in events surrounding the Feb. 18 Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar. In one of several breaks with custom, staffers told the press after the service that no group photograph would be taken. Conference organizers declined to offer an explanation.

Read it all in The Living Church.

Archbishop Backs Place for Schori: CEN 2.15.07 February 15, 2007

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The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has backed the right of US Presiding Bishop Katharine Schori to attend the Primates’ Meeting, but has been less than vigorous in his defence of the Archbishop of York’s right to attend the current gathering in Dar es Salaam.

“There is no question of her presence” at the meeting. She is “here by right”, Canon James Rosenthal, director of communications for the Anglican Consultative Council said at a Feb 14 press briefing. This had been “confirmed this morning” by Archbishop Williams, he said.

Read it all in The Church of England Newspaper

Archbishop backs place for Schori

Episcopal Church Figures Prominently on Primates’ Agenda: TLC 1.29.07 January 29, 2007

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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has been allotted two sessions of next month’s primates’ meeting to describe The Episcopal Church’s response to the Windsor Report.

Sessions on the “listening process,” the proposed Anglican Covenant, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Panel of Reference, as well as social and development issues are on the agenda for the Feb. 12-19 meeting to be held at a hotel near Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, sources in London tell The Living Church.

Archbishop Peter Carnely, the former Primate of Australia and chairman of the Panel of Reference, will brief the primates and respond to criticism that the panel has been dilatory in its work. Established as a “matter of urgency” by the 2005 primates’ meeting, the panel has released recommendations on petitions received from the Diocese of Fort Worth and from traditionalist congregations in the Canadian Diocese of New Westminster. Petitions from the Dioceses of Florida and Lake Malawi are currently under review.

One session is to be devoted to the “listening process” envisioned by the 1998 Lambeth resolution 1.10. The bishops at Lambeth committed the church “to listen to the experience of homosexual persons” and assured them “they are loved by God and that all baptized, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ.” The resolution also reaffirmed the traditional Christian belief in the parameters of sexual behavior of faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman and abstinence for those unmarried.

The primates’ 2005 Dromantine communiqué urged the appointment of a facilitator to monitor the work being done in this area. Church of England Canon Phil Groves was appointed in January 2006, and will report on the work done to date.

Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the West Indies, chairman of the Covenant Design Group, will speak on the design group’s preliminary findings from its first meeting in Nassau this month. The primates will also make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral Church of Christ in Zanzibar, also known as the Cathedral of the Universities Mission in Central Africa.

Two full sessions of the meeting, as well as two external sessions with presentations by three American bishops, will discuss The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Bishop Jefferts Schori is expected to face tough questioning from the primates and is likely to outline what steps The Episcopal Church has taken in response to the Windsor Report.

Whether the primates will follow the agenda crafted in London by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is uncertain. The agenda for the 2005 primates meeting underwent significant changes as the meeting progressed, and similar changes are anticipated for this meeting. A pre-meeting strategy session for the African primates and other American and international church leaders will be held Feb. 10 in Nairobi, Kenya.

First published in The Living Church.

Third Episcopal Bishop Invited to Primates’ Meeting: TLC 1.29.07 January 29, 2007

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Three members of the House of Bishops have been invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to address an extra-curricular session of the meeting of Anglican primates in Tanzania.

The Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting, Presiding Bishop’s deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations and retired Bishop of Iowa, will join the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh and moderator of the Anglican Communion Network, and the Rt. Rev. D. Bruce McPherson, Bishop of Western Louisiana and president of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice. They will speak to the state of The Episcopal Church, according to sources in London who spoke with a reporter for The Living Church.

Read it all in The Living Church.