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  • NSIEAB 11:28 AM on 11/01/2007 Permalink | Reply
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    IEAB Representatives Take Part of TEC’s Executive Council Meeting 

    Members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council spent a large portion of the second day of a three-day meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, October 27 hearing about the mission and ministry of its covenant partners in Brazil, Central America, Liberia, Mexico and the Philippines.

    The Primate of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, Bp. Maurício Andrade, said the church in Brazil has nine dioceses and one missionary district covering the entire country comprising about 120,000 Anglicans. He said the church has engaged in a deliberate expansion plan over the last 20 years, and has companion diocese relationships with domestic dioceses including Atlanta, California, Central Pennsylvania, Indianapolis and Massachusetts.

    “We are a living church,” said the Rev. Canon Francisco de Assis Silva (Secretary-General of IEAB). “We are a church that is relevant in the Brazilian context and a church that has its own way of being that is very unique within the Anglican Communion.”

    The provincial secretary called the Brazilian church “a place where we respect all individuals” and diversity including that of gender and sexual orientation. He also said that the church must be a “firm and strong witness” to a country “on the cusp” of becoming fully developed.

    The Brazilian Church “rejects any attempt to introduce into the Anglican Communion any practices that are foreign to our traditions, our historical tradition, our evangelism, and our inspiration in God,” Andrade told the Council.

    At the end of the presentations, Presiding-Bishop of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, told the Council that the primates of the covenant partners met October 26 and, in part, discussed the possibility of a covenant among themselves “that might be an example to the rest of the Communion of what an Anglican covenant could look like.”

    The Primate and the Secretary-General were invited by Presiding-Bishop Katharine Schori to share their thoughts at TEC’s Executive Council and World Missions Committee.

    Photo: Primate and Secretary-General talking to the Executive Council (courtesy Episcopal News Service)

    Text adapted from an Episcopal News Service article.

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    Luiz Coelho

    Communications WG Member

     
  • NSIEAB 11:34 AM on 03/23/2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Open Letter to the President of the House of Deputies of TEC – Ms. Bonnie Anderson 

    Peace! It is a privilege to me to write to you as your colleague. I am the President of the House of Clergy and Laity of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil. As you said in your statement about the Communiqué from the Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it has serious implications for the Episcopal Church and the Worldwide Anglican Communion. First of all, I want to express my support to your statement concerning this issue.

    The decision process in the Anglican Tradition is taken among the laity, priests and deacons and bishops. The House of Bishops of any of our provinces does not rule the church alone, and the Primate’s Meeting is just an instrument were the Primates can share their theological thoughts, pray together and have a consultation opportunity among themselves.

    The Primate’s Meetings cannot take final decisions about any kind of problem or situation, without hearing before and respecting all the Governance Bodies of each Province or Diocese within the Anglican Communion. In issuing what is essentially an ultimatum, the Primates are assuming more authority than is accorded them in our Communion’s current structure and polity.

    Before the Windsor Report recommendations can be understood to be ‘the most clear and comprehensive principles’ for governing the Communion’s life, our Churches must engage this debate in its member provinces’ General Synods and Conventions, and then at the Lambeth Conference next year and in the Anglican Consultative Council which will follow it. As Anglican Episcopalians we cannot sacrifice the gifts we enjoy as an inclusive church, accepting all people as full members of our churches, so that we might conform to a doctrinal uniformity that is anti-natural to our historic identity and experience as an inclusive church.

    The real crisis at the Anglican Communion is not about Human Sexuality or Sexual Orientation, is about Authority. There is a battle to find out who has the power at the Anglican Communion. Our Church leaders should remember that who has the real power is Jesus Christ, and that His power is grounded in LOVE. Love that respects everyone and all the different points of view within the Church. As Christian we are not allowed to deny any kind of support and full membership to people that want to be part of our churches. It is not by coertion, but with love that the Anglican Communion will find out the way to solve its present crisis.

    Only through our continued faithfulness to being a Church of inclusiveness, compassion, shared authority, justice, love and respect for the dignity of every human being, we will be a witness to the world. May this Lent be an opportunity for all of us to discern more deeply God’s Word and call to service in this world hungry for justice and peace.

    In Christ,

    Luiz Alberto Barbosa

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    The Rev. Luiz Alberto Barbosa

    President of the House of Clergy and Laity of IEAB

     
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