News for Week Ending 12/16/2013
Foreign activists urge Jamaicans to retain homosexual banThinking Anglicans has reported extensively on a recent conference held in Jamaica at which activists from the United States and the United Kingdom urged that Jamaica retain anti-gay law. One of the speakers was Andrea Minichiello Williams, a member of the Church of England’s General Synod and the founder and CEO of Christian Concern, which Wikipedia descirbes as “a Christian organisation in the United Kingdom which seeks to introduce a ‘Christian voice’ into law, the media and Government.” Williams linked pedophilia to homosexuality and, ironically, urged Jamaicans to resist foreign pressure. Thinking Anglicans provides extensive information about the conference here.
IASCUFO meets; many members stay awayOn December 11, 2013, Anglican Communion News Service published the communiqué issued at its recent meeting in Jamaica by the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO). The communiqué is largely a laundry list of ongoing projects. What is most interesting is the list of IASCUFO members who did not attend. As Mark Harris noted on his blog, all the non-attendees belong to Global South Anglican churches.
Women priests sit in on CoE bishops’ meetingThe Church of England announced December 10, 2013, that the House of Bishops meeting held December 9 and 10 included eight observer women priests. (Women and the Church offers additional information about the inclusion of women here. See also the Pittsburgh Update story here.) The bishops agreed that, at the upcoming February 2014 General Synod meeting, measures will be presented to move the process of approving women bishops forward. The process of rescinding the Act of Synod of 1993, which created so-called flying bishops, will also begin at the upcoming General Synod meeting.
Thinking Anglicans has published the agenda and other information for the February 10–12, 2014, General Synod here.
Yet more comment about Pilling Report; government progress in UKThe Pilling Report from the Church of England House of Bishops on human sexuality continues to draw comments. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.) Thinking Anglicans has links to even more commentary here and here.
The Church of England is moving slowly on full inclusion of LGBT people, but the UK government is moving much faster. On December 10, 2013, the government announced that same-sex weddings can begin in the UK beginning March 29, 2014, which is earlier than originally expected. (See Pittsburgh Update story here.)