11/02/2005

Looking at Reports from Egypt.

Thinking Anglicans, an amazingly thoughtful resource, listed several reports on the work of the Third Anglican South to South Encounter in Egypt. That site ought to be on the favorites list of anyone interested in Anglican Communion affairs. Three items listed seemed particularly of interest:

The Province of Nigeria News page gave a very good summary of the meeting’s communiqué, in which it observed, “The build up of theological structures which many see as a precursor to a worldwide Anglican realignment was also embraced and encouraged.”

Stephen Bates and Mark Honigsbaum said about the communiqué in their column in the Guardian, “the strongly-worded statement is bound to be seen as a rebuke for Dr Williams, who has made no secret of his support for Bishop Robinson.”

Ruth Gledhill in her column published yesterday in the TimesOnLine made this intriguing statement: “The Global South is today expected to publish its proposals for a formal structure for the grouping.” This was written two days after the publication of the Communiqué and I wonder if she has knowledge of another document in the works.

Various writers, one of them from the Church of Nigeria, see the meeting in Egypt as a strong indication of the willingness of the leadership of the Global South provinces to distance themselves from the Archbishop of Canterbury, move beyond what they seen as intransigence on the part of the West and clearly plan for the realignment they see as coming and necessary.

The fat is surely in the fire.

See the article below for my read on the Communique.


1 comment:

  1. I think what is most interesting is the response to the Americans who showed up. "Hangers on" they have been called and the emerging news seems to be that the general reaction to their presence, and especially the idea that an AMIA bishop brought his own proposal on realignment, did not go well. It appears to me that those who have placed their trust in the Southern princes are about to be dissapointed big time.

    FWIW
    jimB

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