03 February 2009

Report on the Primates' meeting via Canada and statement on Zimbabwe

The Venerable Paul Fehelen, Principal Secretary to the Primate of Canada, The Most Rev'd Fred Hiltz has posted a report about the meeting in Alexandria. You may read the full article here. The report is dated 3 February (today).

This report confirms many of my postulations yesterday including the reception of the report on "sexuality."

But the Archdeacon himself was surprised that the dreamed-for province in North America is not up for discussion.
I was surprised by Archbishop Aspinall's answer to another question on the emergence of the entity in North America that wishes to become a province. Archbishop Aspinall said this was not on the agenda and only was referred to in passing.
But even the well informed are mostly in the dark regarding this meeting:
It is difficult to get an exact read on where this meeting is going. One can only hope that the spirit in which the meeting began can continue to permeate the conference.
Unrelated to the Canadian report, the Primates released a statement on Zimbabwe. You'll find it here. Make sure you read it.
We call upon parishes throughout the Anglican Communion to assist the Anglican Communion Office, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Office and the Anglican Observer to the United Nations in addressing the humanitarian crisis by giving aid through such mechanisms as the Archbishop of Canterbury is able to designate, and asking that Lambeth Palace facilitate processes by which food and other material aid for Zimbabwe can be distributed through the dioceses of the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

We urge the Churches of the Anglican Communion to join with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in observing Wednesday 25th February 2009, Ash Wednesday, as a day of prayer and solidarity with the Zimbabwean people,
Spread the news, sisters and brothers.