Thursday, February 08, 2007

Anglican Church of Nigeria releases communique following special synod

The Anglican Church of Nigeria met for a special one-day Synod today at St. Paul's Church, Sokoto. The synod affirmed the attendence of the Most Rev. Peter Akinola at the primates meeting next week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (February 14th – 20th, 2007). The Synod reported that they are "prayerfully looking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this particular meeting to the end that Biblical authority will be upheld. The Synod, while still working towards the unity of the Anglican Communion, strongly believes that such unity must be rooted in Biblical orthodoxy."

In addition, the Synod welcomed the Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, Bishop of CANA, who reported on recent developments:

The Synod welcomed the report from the Bishop of CANA (Convocation of Anglicans in North America) and the increasing number of congregations and clergy who are now part of this important missionary initiative of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). We welcome them as full and constituent members of our Anglican Communion family. We rejoice in their faithful witness during these turbulent times. We are saddened to hear that the profound division in the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Virginia has now led to the unholy situation where an Episcopal Bishop has initiated costly legal action against churches whose only offence is seeking to remain true to the “faith once for all delivered to the saints.” We assure them that we stand with them and will continue to uphold them with our prayers.

You can read the entire communique here.

The communique also reaffirms the Road to Lambeth from February 2006. It is also meaningful reading as we prepare for the Primates meeting next week in Dar es Salaam.

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