Readers of this blog know that I am often critical of the Global South group - mostly because it has self-identified in often purist ways, rejecting membership from global south Provinces that are not sufficiently "orthodox." But some of the work being done by the GS group is a reminder that Provinces of the Anglican Communion are working together for good in other configurations than those provided by the Communion wide bodies. This work is a reminder that we need to give credit where credit is due.
Take a look at the "Global South Economic Empowerment Consultation Communiqué, Accra, Ghana, September 2007." It is a strong statement of work being done by a lively group from nine Provinces on matters affecting the lives of millions.
While there is a great deal of hand wringing about the future of the Anglican Communion, mostly about the break-up of the whole, it is also helpful to remind ourselves that all sorts of networking goes on among member churches and that much of the real work is not from the-communion-as-a-whole, but from other networks. The Global South group, seen as a network, can be a powerful means of encouragement and sustained effort for the church's work in economic empowerment.