The Anglican Communion Suspends the Episcopal Church
From this week’s Ministry Briefing, news of difficult times ahead for the Anglican Communion:
During a contentious Primates Meeting of the Anglican archbishops, the Episcopal Church has been suspended for three years over its decision to perform same sex marriages. The document ruled that marriage is between a man and a woman and is seen as a victory for conservatives in the Anglican communion, including conservatives from the Global Anglican Future or GAFCON group.
Source: Christian Today
Why does this matter for church leaders?
This story is loaded with a bunch of different trends in the church right now:
- The Rise of the Global South: The southern hemisphere is beginning to take a prominent place in the leadership of the global church. As these churches grow in influence we will see more conflict in denominations that have significant theological and cultural rifts between the north and south.
- The Potential for Denominational Splits: As denominations struggle through their positions on homosexuality fault lines that have been long hidden are beginning to be exposed. These struggles have been happening in the PC(USA), United Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic church, and others. This is not going away anytime soon… and could get ugly.
- The World is Watching: These struggles are not happening in a vacuum. These struggles on on display for the world to see, and the way we conduct ourselves will communicate much about the Church. While there may be schisms and splits, I pray we do it with love…. is that a naive hope?
How are YOU seeing this play out in YOUR denomination?
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