St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
Kia ora tatou,
The new Standing Committee of General Synod met for the first time this week and has, in conjunction with the Archbishops, released two public statements:
The first was triggered by the decision of the Church of England General Synod not to proceed with the ordination of women as bishops, and puts on the record this church’s position, and its hopes for the Church of England, where that issue is concerned:
“The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia shares the disappointment of many in the Church of England following the present outcome of the English General Synod declining to proceed with the ordination of women to the episcopate at this time.
“The ordination of women to all ordained roles in the church has been a reality for Anglicans in these islands since 1977 and has been a transformative and life-giving enrichment for the church as a whole in its ministry and mission.
“With the new Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, we pray that the day will come soon when women will be ordained to all three orders in England.”
(See also the ACNS statement below).
The second statement rues the continued state persecution of gay people in Uganda, as described in this BBC report:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20463887
“The Primates of this church and the standing committee of the general synod express their grave and real concern about the potential situation in the Ugandan Parliament.
“For several months now, the issue of the human rights of gay people have been debated in the Ugandan parliament and publicly. While the original legislation proposed the death penalty, the new legislation offers little comfort for Ugandan gay people who live in fear. The new legislation is described as having had “substantial amendments” made.
“However, homosexuality continues to be illegal. The new legislation proposes longer jail terms and an increase in penalties.
“We encourage continued pressure on the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, to not sign this legislation into law.”
Media Officer to the Anglican Church
in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia