Letter to the Bishops of ECUSA
(Episcopal Church, USA)

[NOTE: Fr. Dick Kim sent this piece out, illustrating the beginnings of the third-world bishops taking a stand against the sexualizing of the Episcopal Church.  E. Fox] 

Dear friends -

The letter below was just received (Oct 25). Though the letter is dated September 22-28 (date of the Anglican Life and Witness Conference in Dallas, attended by a number of primates from abroad), the letter itself was apparently mailed only within the last few days.

Of particular note, I believe, is this paragraph: "In our joint preparations for Lambeth next year, we ask from among you answers to these questions before the end of this calendar year. We are committed to this discussion, and want you to know we are ready to meet face to face at a time which can be mutually arranged. Responses can come to any of us directly, but please make sure that a copy is also forwarded through the address above."

Let us keep in our prayers those calling for answers to the questions raised, and their resolve to take whatever steps necessary to "uphold the Bible as the word of God and to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church."

Dick Kim+


The Anglican Life And Witness Conference

c/o 1415 Halsey Way * Suite 302
Carrollton, TX 75007

September 22 to 28, 1997

To our fellow bishops in the Episcopal Church USA:

We greet you in the name of Christ our Savior and Lord.

It has come to our attention that an increasing number of bishops in the Episcopal Church have been ordaining avowed and non-celibate homosexuals and permitting priests in their dioceses to officiate at the blessing of same sex relationships.

Our understanding, as fellow bishops of the Anglican Communion is that you and we alike are required by our ordination vows to uphold the Bible as the word of God and to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. We understand too that "to live a pure and chaste life before and after marriage is for both sexes the unchangeable Christian standard (Lambeth Conference 1920) and that your House of Bishops has repeatedly reaffirmed this traditional teaching, as expressed in your 1977 Pastoral Letter.

It is clear from Scripture that the sexual union of man and woman is God's will and that this finds holy expression within the covenant of marriage. Therefore this Church confines its nuptial blessing to the union of male and female. It is likewise clear that in ordination, this Church publicly requires each ordinand to fashion his or her personal life after Christ as an example to the faithful. The bishops. therefore, agree to deny ordination to an' advocating and/or practicing homosexual person. In each case we must not condone what we believe God wills to redeem.

We fully agree with the above as a faithful statement of the biblical, sexual and marital norm, and understand that the Episcopal Church has issued no other authoritative statement of its position. Why then have some of you acted in opposition to the teaching and discipline of your own national church? Why in this matter have such bishops failed to consider the judgment of their colleagues in other parts of the Anglican Communion, nor taken into account the repercussions of their actions in different areas of the world? Do those who perform or sanction such ordinations and blessing knowingly set aside the authority of scripture and the doctrine of marriage given by God in creation and affirmed by his Son, Jesus Christ?

In our joint preparations for Lambeth next year, we ask from among you answers to these questions before the end of this calendar year. We are committed to this discussion, and want you to know we are ready to meet face to face at a time which can be mutually arranged. Responses can come to any of us directly, but please make sure that a copy is also forwarded through the address above.

For our part we make clear that the active promotion in the Anglican Communion of the Gay and Lesbian agenda is for us both unacceptable and offensive, especially so when it is directed towards young people.

With the Lambeth Conference in view, our hope is that we may all seek the things that do not jeopardize unity but make it strong.

Please accept this sincere expression of our deep concern.

Yours in Christ.

The Bishops of the Anglican Life and Witness Conference

The Anglican Life and Witness Conference Overseas Participating Bishops:

The Most Rev. Maurice Sinclair - Argentina

The Most Rev. Harry Goodhew - Australia

The Most Rev. David Gitari - Kenya

The Most Rev. Benjaman Wani Yugusuk - Sudan

The Rt. Rev. Paul Barnett - Australia

The Rt. Rev. Peter Chiswell - Australia

The Rt. Rev. Robinson Cavalcanti - Brazil

The Rt. Rev. Pie Ntukamazina - Burundi

The Rt. Rev. Abelino Apeleo-Puel - Chile

The Rt. Rev Colin Bazely - Chile

The Rt. Rev. Fidele Dirokpa  - Congo

The Rt. Rev. AnandChandu Lal - India

The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis-Nyorsok - Kenya

The Rt. Rev. Samson Mwaluda - Kenya

The Rt. Rev. Stephen Mwangi - Kenya

The Rt. Rev. Peter Njenga - Kenya

The Rt. Rev. Joseph Wasonga - Kenya

The Rt. Rev. Drexel Gomez - Nassau and The Bahamas

The Rt. Rev. Brian Carrell - New Zealand

The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Gbonigi - Nigeria

The Rt. Rev Ben Kwashi - Nigeria

The Rt. Rev. Jonathan Onyemelukwe - Nigeria

The Rt. Rev. Alexander Malik - Pakistan

The Rt. Rev. John Ellison - Paraguay

The Rt. Rev. Prudence Ngarambe - Rwanda

The Rt. Rev. John Rucyahana - Rwanda

The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee - South Africa

The Rt. Rev. Phillip Le Feuvre - South Africa

The Rt. Rev. Simon Makundi - Tanzania

The Rt. lRev. MBimi Mhogolo - Tanzania

The Rt. Rev. Alpha Mohamed - Tanzania

The Rt. Rev. Zegedee Masereka - Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Henry Orombi - Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Dr. George Sinabulya - Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Samuel Ssekkadde - Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Wilson Turumanya - Uganda

The Rt. Rev. Harold William Godfrey -Uruguay
 

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