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Sydney archbishop-elect to continue ban on diaconal celebration of the Eucharist: The Church of England Newspaper, August 23, 2013 p 6. August 27, 2013

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Glenn DaviesThe archbishop-elect of Sydney, the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies will not authorize diaconal administration of Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper.

In response to a query from The Church of England Newspaper, Dr. Davies stated “As Archbishop, I am not intending to change the policy of my predecessor, i.e. that presidency by deacons or lay leaders could not be authorised by a General Synod canon.”

Diaconal and lay presidency at the Eucharist has enjoyed strong support from the evangelical diocese for over 30 years – and sparked vociferous opposition from Anglo-Catholic and liberals as well as non-Sydney Evangelicals in Australia. In 1983 the Sydney Diocesan Synod chartered a committee to undertaken a theological and scriptural review of the issue. A report prepared by a committee led by Bishop Paul Barnett in 1993 concluded there “are no sound doctrinal objections to, and there are significant doctrinal reasons for, lay presidency at the Lord’s Supper.  There are also sound reasons based on our received Anglican order for allowing lay presidency.”

The Barnett committee concluded that “prohibition of lay presidency at the Lord’s Supper does not seem justifiable theologically.”

The issue was brought before the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church of Australia which in 1997 held the requirement of priestly presidency at the Eucharist was canonical, not doctrinal and ruled deacons or lay people could administer Holy Communion so long as General Synod authorized the practice.

On 19 Oct 1999 Sydney adopted an Ordinance permitting diaconal and lay presidency at the Eucharist, by a vote of 122 to 66 amongst the clergy, and 224 to 128 amongst the laity. However, the following day the Primate Archbishop Keith Rayner, urged Sydney Archbishop Harry Goodhew to withhold his assent. He argued the vote represented a “fundamental break with catholic order” which would place the diocese at odds with the “constitution and canons of our church.”

On 10 Nov 1999 Archbishop Goodhew withheld his, stating it would have pastoral and ecumenical ramifications for Sydney and the wider Anglican Communion.

Following his election as Archbishop in 2001, Dr. Peter Jensen said, “Lay administration, should it be legal, would be a contribution to the common task of bringing the gospel to Australia,” adding that “it is strange not to allow for this ministry in an ordered way.” Unlike the Church of England, the Episcopal Church and other churches that have reintroduced the permanent diaconate, in Sydney deacons and priests obtain the same level of theological qualification. Approximately one third of the ordained clergy in Sydney are deacons and are assigned to posts held by curates and assistants in other dioceses.

At the October 2008 synod Bishop Davies moved Resolution 7.2 which stated “lay and diaconal administration of the Lord’s Supper is consistent with the teaching of Scripture”. The resolution asked Synod to affirm that the “Lord’s Supper in this diocese may be administered by persons other than presbyters.” The resolution was adopted.

Opponents of diaconal presidency brought a complaint to the Appellate Tribunal, asking the court to rule whether, as Sydney believed, the national church’s 1985 Ordination for Deacons Canon permitted diaconal administration of the Eucharist. On 10 Aug 2010 the Tribunal ruled the original intent of the authors of the canon was not to permit diaconal celebration. The ruling was widely criticized as being based on political considerations rather than canon law or doctrine, as the Tribunal had earlier rejected the theory of original intent. While the authors of the Canon on the appointment of assistant bishops may not have understood their new law to have permitted women bishops, the Tribunal argued it could be interpreted that way under the rules of grammar. However rules of grammar and logic were not applicable to the diaconal presidency issue, the Tribunal held.

Sydney endorsed diaconal presidency again on 15 Oct 2010, adopting a resolution proposed by Dr. Davies that said while it noted the “advisory opinion of the Appellate Tribunal”, synod nonetheless reaffirmed its 2008 declaration that “lay and diaconal administration of the Lord’s Supper is consistent with the teaching of Scripture,” and that it “affirms that the Lord’s Supper in this diocese may be administered by persons other than presbyters.”

Though it has been endorsed by synod four times, Dr. Davies told CEN he was not licence diaconal or lay presidency at the Eucharist.

New archbishop for Sydney: The Church of England Newspaper, August 16, 2013, p 5. August 22, 2013

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Archbishop-elect Glenn Davies of Sydney

The Sydney Diocesan Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies to be the next Archbishop of Sydney.  Dr. Davies (62), who currently serves as Bishop of North Sydney, will be installed as archbishop on 23 August 2012 at St Andrew’s Cathedral in succession to the Most Rev. Peter Jensen.

In addition to assuming the leadership of Australia’s largest diocese, Dr. Davies appointment as archbishop will propel him to the centre of the evangelical movement within the Anglican world. Although he is not the primate of the Anglican Church of Australia – as archbishop he will be metropolitan of New South Wales – Dr. Davies will likely be the one of the most influential archbishops in the Communion – second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in spiritual authority among the church’s “white” archbishops.

On 6 August 2013 over 800 clergy and lay delegates began voting in a series of elimination ballots to elect the new archbishop from among the two candidates: Dr. Davies and the Rev. Canon Rick Smith (49), rector of Naremburn/Cammeray on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. After the first round an error in the vote tally gave Canon Smith the lead, but it was found that approximately 170 votes had been miscounted. After the recount, Dr. Davies was found to hold a strong majority among the clergy and a comfortable majority amongst the lay delegates. At the start of the evening session Canon Smith proposed Dr. Davies name alone be moved to the final list – and by a show of hands the new archbishop was elected by what observer tell the Church of England Newspaper was a unanimous vote.

A native of Sydney, Dr. Davies was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School and the University of Sydney. He trained for the ministry at Moore Theological College and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and earned a PhD from Sheffield University in 1988.  Dr. Davies served as a parish priest in the diocese and as a lecturer in Old and New Testament at Moore College before being appointed assistant Bishop of North Sydney in 2001.

Dr. Davies has served as a member of General Synod Doctrine Commission for 20 years and as a member of the General Synod since 1996 and its standing committee since 2007.  From 2002 to 2012 he was chairman of EFAC (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion) Australia and was one of the authors of the 2008 Jerusalem Statement of the GAFCON conference. A father of two and grandfather of three, Dr Davies has been married to his wife Dianne since 1979.

In a flurry of interviews with the secular press, Dr. Davies fielded questions ranging from refugees and asylum seekers to the role of the Anglican Church in contemporary Australia. He told reporters he hoped to be able to “facilitate as many grass-roots ministries as possible. We’ve not only got parishes, we’ve got schools, we’ve got organisations like Anglicare and Moore College, Youthworks and retirement villages” that are lay led. “They all reflect different aspects of our society where they are bringing the love of God and the saving message of Jesus to bear in their particular context.”

The archbishop-elect dismissed claims made by some newspapers that his election was a rebuke to the current archbishop and signalled a shift away from the diocese’s evangelical roots. “I can’t imagine there would be a lot of difference” between his priorities and those of his predecessor Dr. Peter Jensen.

The two shared the “same theological framework and passion about God’s word and the Gospel being brought into the lives of people around us, and we’ve got the same passion with regard to justice and injustice and the desire for people to be treated with dignity and respect.  At that level, as issues come up, I will seek to address them with as much wisdom and grace as I have” the new Archbishop said.

A spokesman for the diocese told CEN that while he was stepping down as archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Jensen was not stepping down as secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).

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Glenn Davies elected Archbishop of Sydney: Anglican Ink, August 6, 2013 August 6, 2013

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Glenn Davies

The Diocese of Sydney Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies as its 12th archbishop in succession to the Most Rev Peter Jensen.

On 6 Aug 2013 the 800 members of synod chose Dr. Davies, the Bishop of North Sydney, to be the archbishop of Australia’s largest diocese, besting Canon Rick Smith, (49) rector of Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.