Elusive communion

The Anglican conversation on sexuality
The conflict in the Anglican Communion over homosexuality is usually represented as a split between the U.S., British and Canadian churches on the one hand and the rest of the Anglican world on the other. Often cited is the 2004 statement issued at a meeting in Nigeria by the Anglican Primates of the Global South, representing 18 Anglican provinces. The primates declared their “unequivocal opposition to the unilateral decision” by the Episcopal Church in the U.S. to consecrate as a bishop a man living in a same-sex partnership. “This deliberate disobedience of the revealed will of God in the Holy Scriptures is a flagrant departure from the consensual and clearly communicated mind and will of the Anglican Communion,” declared the primates.

Given that more than half of all Anglicans live in the global South (there are more Anglicans in Kenya—3 million—than there are Episcopalians in the United States—2.2 million), the rift in the Anglican world seems clear.


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