GAFCON, a conference on its way to being an alternative Anglican Communion, was to be held in Jerusalem. Never mind that the organizers did not ask the Bishop of Jerusalem. When the bishop objected he was treated in a paternalistic way and chided for having reservations about holding the meeting there. He suggested however that the organizers might hold their meeting in Cyprus and from there go on pilgrimage if they wished to Jerusalem.
GAFCON folk however have mouths considerably larger than their ears. So they have proposed that they meet in Jordan and then go on pilgrimage across to Jerusalem. The announcement is HERE.
The Bishop of Jerusalem was concerned that GAFCON ought not meet in his diocese, where matters are a bit complex. So GAFCON is meeting in Jordan.
Just for the record...Jordan is part of the Diocese of Jerusalem.
Note what the Anglican Communion pages say about the Diocese of Jerusalem: "The Jerusalem bishopric was founded in 1841 and became an archbishopric in 1957. Reorganization in January 1976 ended the archbishopric and combined the Diocese of Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with the Jerusalem bishopric after a nineteen-year separation."
GAFCON is dribbling off into vapor: first it was to be a great meeting to chart the course of a Global Anglican Future combined with a pilgrimage. Now it is a much smaller meeting of central figures in the Africa bible-belt and related "south" community, combined with some sort of pilgrimage in Jerusalem.
But even as it has the vapors, GAFCON still seems uncaring of the life of the Diocese into which it will impose itself.
Then again, perhaps the Bishop of Jerusalem gave in. Who knows? Still, if I said, "not in my house, please" I would somehow assume it was understood that I included the back porch.
It is perhaps time to wonder just why the Archbishop of Nigeria has such a bee in his miter about meeting in Jerusalem anyway. Surely the propaganda value of meeting there plays back well somehow in Nigeria.