At the Press Briefing Friday it was suggested that the seven who did not attend were those whose Provinces had declared their Provinces were not in communion with the Episcopal Church. But they are touted by the Church of Nigeria website as being Global South Primates in either "in broken or impaired" relation to the Episcopal Church. Either way, the Global South is in some disunion on this. The CartoonChurch made note of the fact.
Here is a list of the members of the Global South Steering Committee. I am unclear as to whether Bishop Anis, the newly elected Primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East attended or if the Most Rev. Clive Handford, the outgoing Archbishop is in Dar Es Salaam. The members of that Steering Committee not attending communion on Friday are in red:
President: Most Rev'd Peter J. Akinola, Primate of All Nigeria
General Secretary: The Most Rev'd John Chew, Bishop of Singapore
Treasurer: The Rt. Rev'd Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Diocese of Egypt
Most Rev'd Emmanuel Kolini, Province of Rwanda
Most Rev'd Drexel Gomez, the Province of the West Indies
Most Rev'd Bernard Malango, Province of Central Africa
Most Rev'd Gregory Venables, the Province of the Southern Cone
Additional Archbishops not attending the Eucharist:
Seven Archbishops did not attend, of whom three are from the Global South Steering Committee. It would seem then that even the Steering Committee of the Global South group is not of one mind on the matter. Of the group not attending, Chew and Kolini represent Provinces related to AMiA; Venables of the Southern Cone has taken in the deposed bishop of Recife and one of his bishops, Frank Lyons has taken in parishes in the US. Nigeria, of course, has set up shop in the US with Bishop Martyn Minns in charge.
It is significant that Archbishops Gomez and Malango did not join them. Archbishop Gomez is chair of the Covenant Design Group and Archbishop Malango served on the Sub Committee whose report yesterday was presented to the Primates.
Who knows what it means, except that the so called Global South is having a hard time getting out the vote.
It is the end of the day. David Walker of Cartoon Church says it all: