ACNS—Jan Butter: Seven days in Entebbe - A reflection on the All Africa Bishops Conference

Posted by Kendall Harmon

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Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal- Anglican: CommentaryAnglican ProvincesChurch of Uganda* International News & CommentaryAfrica

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Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

What a disappointment Jan Butter has been.  Yes, there have been some really notable and important matters discussed, but Butter has sought to write out the very important discussions on the future direction and management of the Communion and the clear message on sexual morality and Western, and particularly TEC departures from it.

Jan’s oleaginous reports are worthy of the Episcopal News Service for their propaganda and this is compounded by castigating bloggers who as far as I can see are very necessary sources of news when faced with the pliant and greasy reports of ACNS and now ENS.

But then I suppose Jan Butter knows on which side his bread is buttered.  Which way will it fall do you suppose - butter side up or down?

August 30, 5:37 pm | [comment link]
2. A Senior Priest wrote:

I had the experience of being famous for a few months in England and found that in each and every instance, with a single exception, the picture of me and my life wasn’t all that true to life, mainly because I was merely a screen onto which the interviewer/reporter projected his or her own agenda. Ms Butter’s article is a paradigmatic example of what I experienced from the side of the person about whom the article is written. She tirelessly pushes an agenda in this soi-disant ‘reflection’. Alas, it is merely the ‘reflection’ she sees in the mirror of her projections, produced par une femme d’un certain age still stuck in the women’s movement the 1970s and 80s, writing for her consoeurs and those males who might want to listen to her as she impresses her friends with her prophetic skills.

August 30, 6:17 pm | [comment link]
3. Simon Sarmiento wrote:

I thought A Senior Priest might be interested in a picture of Jan Butter:
http://www.anglicancommunion.org/_userfiles/Image/full/acns4694f.jpg

August 30, 6:40 pm | [comment link]
4. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

Never mind, a senior priest, that is one of the perils of having a Dutch name, or is it Welsh?

August 30, 6:48 pm | [comment link]
5. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

Good grief - Kearon has a clone.

August 30, 6:50 pm | [comment link]
6. A Senior Priest wrote:

My reaction to the picture was… oh, a man wrote that stuff? Really? What a surprise. I revise my comment thusly, “par un homme d’un certain age still stuck in the women’s movement the 1970s and 80s, writing for his consoeurs and those males who might want to listen to him as he impresses his friends with his prophetic skills.”

August 30, 8:29 pm | [comment link]
7. GillianC wrote:

Word count, in case you’re wondering:
Jesus = 0
Christ = 0
God = 0

This struck me as well -

Absent was any mention of searching questions from the podium; questions such as ‘if numbers of African Christians are soaring, why are several countries where they live still suffering from conflict, corruption and poverty?’

He just doesn’t get it, does he?

I sympathize with his lament that, in the media, the good that is being done by African bishops is being overshadowed by the sexuality debate.  It makes me wonder, is there no room here for the realization that the African churches contain the majority of the world’s Anglicans, and they are building churches faster that TEC is losing them?  Perhaps they are teaching the Good News of the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ - what a concept!

August 30, 9:05 pm | [comment link]
8. Cennydd13 wrote:

Pageantmaster, it is most assuredly NOT Welsh, but Dutch.

August 30, 9:36 pm | [comment link]
9. Sarah wrote:

Fun read, albeit a trifle bitter sounding.

Was Jan Butter one of the members of the ACO who got cut from the agenda?

August 30, 9:49 pm | [comment link]
10. driver8 wrote:

Yes, it does all seem a bit defensive and partisan. So it’s one ACO view that it’s a good thing that at least we’re floating as we burn.

Otto Neurath famously said, “We are like seafarers, who must rebuild their ship in open sea”. This final metaphor in Jan’s opinion piece presented a rather more sorrowful view, a wooden vessel that is being consumed by flames but that sails on regardless.

August 31, 4:59 am | [comment link]
11. Katherine wrote:

Is he aware, as he celebrates the Martyrs of Uganda, that they burned for refusing the king’s homosexual demands?  And surely he must be aware of the damage done to African evangelism and mission by the libertine tilt of Western Anglicans.

August 31, 7:58 am | [comment link]
12. driver8 wrote:

Yes, of course he’s aware, but he’s gingerly stepping over that inconvenient fact because it doesn’t cohere with the momentum of his views.

August 31, 4:39 pm | [comment link]
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