Martyn Minns in CEN on the All Africa Bishops Conference—Tables turned in Entebbe

Posted by Kendall Harmon

At the first AABC conference the Archbishop of Canterbury was conspicuous by his absence, this time he came and preached at the opening Eucharist. In his carefully nuanced sermon on Jesus as the Good Shepherd Dr. Williams warned the gathered bishops to listen to their people and take risks.

In his Conference address Archbishop Ian Ernest, Chairman of CAPA (Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa) responded by making it clear that Dr. Williams was there to listen to the voice of the Anglican Communion in Africa and not take risks on its future. He went on to state that the existing leadership structures of the Communion had failed, were increasingly irrelevant and unrepresentative of the majority of the Communion. This view was echoed Archbishop Henry Orombi, Primate of Uganda and host of the conference, who declared to one reporter “the Anglican Church is very broken. It (church) has been torn at its deepest level, and it is a very dysfunctional family of the provincial churches.”

These challenging words were delivered respectfully but there was no mistaking the determination and resolve. In a meeting with the Primates, Dr Williams was left in no doubt that unless he was willing to follow through on the numerous decisions to exercise discipline towards The Episcopal Church (USA) and its fellow travelers, the Anglican Communion focused on Canterbury will continue to disintegrate. Both Archbishops Ernest and Orombi also made it clear that the days of deference to the West as the sender of missionaries and resources were over. They are now ready to turn the tables and re-evangelize the West understanding that Gospel mission is no longer from the “West to the rest” but from “everywhere to anywhere”.

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Posted September 3, 2010 at 6:24 am

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1. CliffordSwartz wrote:

A most encouraging report from Bishop Martyn!

September 3, 10:33 am | [comment link]
2. Cennydd13 wrote:

And, I’m sure, a most disconcerting one for Katherine Jefferts Schori and friends.

September 3, 5:21 pm | [comment link]
3. Northwest Bob wrote:

Enough is enough.  Time for GAFCON/CAPA/ACNA to “throw the bums out” and get on with the Lord’s business of preaching the Biblical Gospel and making disciples and leave TEc and friends behind.
Impatiently yours,
NW Bob

Northwest Bob

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

September 3, 9:27 pm | [comment link]
4. MichaelA wrote:

From the article:

One of the most moving moments in the Conference took place when bishops from those countries experiencing violent conflict were invited come forward and kneel for extended prayer from the rest of the conference participants. This willingness to be humbled before one another and before the Lord is, of course, a distinctive element of the East African Revival and was embraced by all present.


September 3, 11:51 pm | [comment link]

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