Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Global South Steering Committee to meet with Episcopal Leadership

Nov 8, 2006---Following up on the promises made in the Kigali Communiqué in September, the Global South Steering Committee will be meeting with the leadership of the Episcopal dioceses who have requested Alternative Primatial Oversight (APO). "Our aim," said the Most Rev. John Chew, Archbishop of the Province of Southeast Asia and Secretary of the Steering Committee, "is to investigate their appeal in greater detail and identify possible responses."

In addition to the leadership of the APO dioceses, the Steering Committee will also be meeting with leadership from other dioceses who have not specifically requesting APO, but would "like to explore together what the steps forward may be," said Archbishop Chew in a statement release by the Steering Committee on Wednesday.

These meetings will follow the gathering of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund Trustees, though they will be meeting in different locations. Since the Steering Committee meetings are confidential, there are no plans for press conferences or press interviews during the consultations. "We would, however, welcome your prayers," Archbishop Chew said, indicating the seriousness of these meetings.

On a separate issue, Archbishop Chew stated that those primates who had received an invitation to visit the new Episcopal Presiding Bishop at her offices in New York City will be responding to her privately and not in the press.

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ."

(Ephesians 3:16-18).

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