[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."
c/o 1415 Halsey Way * Suite
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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