The Canadian Anglican General Synod will be held on June 19-25. The Synod will choose a new primate and vote on same-sex marriage blessings. This is from The Star. Huchinson is the departing Canadian primate and Harvey is Newfoundland Bishop and spiritual head of the conservative Canadian group Anglican Essentials.
The early church, formed when King Henry VIII broke from Rome, had to be flexible to survive amid acrimony over the split and widely varied methods of worship across Britain, Hutchison says.
“From Day One, it was an accommodation” he says, a trait the church carried with it as it expanded with British colonialism.
But as attendance at home dwindled, it expanded abroad.
Today, more than half of all Anglicans live in Africa, where conservative bishops take a dim view of the liberal churches in Britain, the United States and Canada.
For conservative Anglicans, those bishops, led by Nigeria’s Peter Akinola, are guardians of the traditional Anglican Church.
That point was driven home for Harvey two years ago at a meeting of bishops in Ireland. One of the African representatives told Harvey that the church came to his country largely through the efforts of missionaries from North America.
“Then he said to me, `Now, my brother, we need to go back to North America and remind you what you taught us.'”
Question: What did the Anglican missionaries teach Africans at the height of the slave trade, and why would one want to continue that teaching?
Update – Commenter Jack corrected the record.
The Anglican missionaries from North America, except for a very few, came after the slave trade was ended…