General Synod – We affirm desire of ACNA to remain in the Anglican Communion

An amazing moment in General Synod as it passes a motion to affirm the desire of ACNA to remain part of the Communion.

That this Synod, aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada,

“(a)  recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family;

(b) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

(c) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011.”.

There’s no other way to read this motion except that the Synod of the Church of England is fully in line with the desire of ACNA to be part of the Communion (indeed, it implicitly says that they *are* part of the Communion by using the word “remain”), and recognising that this stance has issues has asked the Archbishops to report back next year on how to go about helping the ACNA be part of the Communion. The motion is a firm slap on the hand to TEC’s wish to marginalise ACNA and to have the Church of England treat them as “schismatics”. That approach was squarely dismissed and with it the notion that TEC and the ACoC are the exclusive representation of the Communion in North America.

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