Global Group (GAFCON) Says Restoring the Bible Must Be Goal of Anglican Meeting

Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the primate of Kenya who is the chairman of GAFCON. Photo by Fredrick Nzwili
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the primate of Kenya who is the chairman of GAFCON.
Photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Restoring the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion should be the goal of a meeting called this week by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on how Anglicans should move forward, said the head of the Global Anglican Future Conference.

Welby’s meeting of Anglican leaders is planned for mid-January 2016 in Canterbury, England. It is being viewed as an attempt to heal the 80 million-member communion, which remains deeply wounded by disputes over homosexuality and women’s ordination in the global church.

GAFCON’s chairman, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the primate of Kenya, said the meeting was a recognition of the deep concerns of the faithful Anglican Church leaders in the world. GAFCON, started in 2008 in Jerusalem, says its aim is to restore the integrity of the Anglican faith and order.

“It is on this basis (restoring the Bible in the heart of the Anglican Communion) that the GAFCON Primates will prayerfully consider their response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter,” said Wabukala in a GAFCON statement on Friday (Sept. 18.)

Welby suggests restructuring the communion as a looser association that maintains relations with liberal churches of North America that recognize and support gay marriage, as well as with conservative African churches that reject homosexuality and gay unions of all kinds.

Some African bishops view the new structure as unnecessary and prefer restoring the communion to its original form.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Fredrick Nzwili

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