Sunday evening October 30 the communique of the Third Global South Encounter was posted on a variety of sites. It is titled, A Third Trumpet From The South: Trumpet III The Third Anglican Global South to South Encounter Red Sea (Egypt) 25-30 October, 2005. It can be read here.
I will comment on the text later today.
It is a document that has important things to say on many levels, but it's title is peculiar and is worthy of note even at this early hour.
The Third Trumpet:
The text that comes to mind is from The Revelation of John 8:10-11: "The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter." (RSV)
Wormwood is the star and it falls, and so the message concerns the bitterness, often understood to be the idolatry of Israel, or the false judgements of Israel, that poisons the waters.
I presume the writers viewed the South to South Encounter as being the trumpet the Angel blew, thus the Third Encounter is the work of God's angel causing the star Wormwood to fall from heaven, etc. It seems an oblique way of talking about ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada, and perhaps even the Church of England as a bitterness in the waters, or as we might say in these days, a bitter pill.
The writers of this communique are blowing trumpets. The question is, who will listen.