|Statement from the Province of Nigeria|
The House of Bishops, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), met in July 2003, under the Divine Guidance of God and under the leadership of the Archbishop, Primate and Metropolitan, Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Peter Jasper Akinola, and proposed a resolution supporting all the actions he had taken and others that he will take on the vexing issue of human sexuality as it relates to homosexuality.
We bishops of the Church of Nigeria, on behalf of ourselves and over 17 million Anglicans in Nigeria, warned the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) that we shall never support its intention to ordain and consecrate an openly gay priest, Gene Robinson, into the episcopate.
Regrettably, our call and those of the over 80 per cent of the global Anglican Church were disrespectfully ignored and the Anglican Church in America went ahead to consecrate the said Gene Robinson on November 2, 2003. By this unfortunate action, they have departed from the faith, order and unity of the Anglican Church. They have impaired Communion.
We, bishops of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, meeting at St. Cyprian's Church, Port Harcourt, on November 15, 2003 condemn in its totality this consecration. We and our people will not recognize Gene Robinson and his ministry as bishop.
We continue to stand solidly behind the leadership of the Church of Nigeria in breaking relationship not only with the Diocese of New Hampshire but with all the bishops and dioceses in ECUSA that have joined in this divisive and unscriptural act.
â€œ We also renew our mandate that the Primate should continue to act on our behalf as the cases of ordination or consecration of people who are openly gay to holy orders emerge in any part of the Communion in the future.
We pledge our support and common commitment to the churches or dioceses in ECUSA and other areas of the world that stand firm with the truth of the Bible and maintain the Biblical faith, practice and order of the Anglican Communion as handed over to us by the saints.
|Statement from the Province of Uganda|
STATEMENT FROM THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS OF THE CHURCH OF UGANDA (ANGLICAN) CONCERNING THE CONSECRATION OF GENE ROBINSON OF NEW HAMPSHIRE DIOCESE IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF AMERICA (ECUSA)
The House of Bishops of the Church of the Province of Uganda (Anglican) which met at Lweza Training and Conference Centre in the city of Kampala 19th November, 2003 has discussed the recent step taken by the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) by consecrating the Rev. Gene Robinson to be the Bishop of New Hampshire Diocese in the Anglican Communion.
The House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda expressed its deep regret and dismay at this unfortunate consciously premeditated decision by both the ECUSA Convention and its bishops to consecrate this openly confessed homosexual (Gene Robinson) as Bishop of New Hampshire Diocese in ECUSA.
As if that was not enough, the ECUSA Convention and bishops have further resolved to sanction the ordination of homosexuals and lesbians to the priesthood, and the blessing of same sex unions. All these steps taken by ECUSA violate the resolution of the Lambeth Conference 1998 which is a conference of all Bishops in the Anglican Communion. Much more, it is contradictory to the teaching of the Holy Scripture which is upheld by all Anglicans as the rule of faith. In the light of the above, the Church of Province of Uganda House of Bishops resolves as follows:
i) We deplore, abhor and condemn in the strongest possible terms the resolution of ECUSA to consecrate Gene Robinson and all other resolutions related to the ordination of homosexuals and blessings of same sex unions.
ii) We re-affirm the resolution of the Lambeth Conference 1998 I:10 on human sexuality which in part states as follows:
(b) In view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage.
(c) While rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with scripture, calls on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence within marriage and any trivialisation and commercialisation of sex.
(e) Can not advise the legitimising or blessing of same sex unions nor ordaining those involved in same gender unions.
iii) (a) The Church of the Province of Uganda (Anglican) cuts her relationship and Communion with the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (ECUSA) on their resolution and consequent action of consecrating and enthroning an openly confessed homosexual Gene Robinson as the Bishop of New Hampshire Diocese in the Anglican Communion; and with any other Province that shall follow suit.
(b) Mindful of the fact that there are a number of Dioceses, Parishes and Congregations in the ECUSA, which are opposed to the resolution and action taken by their Convention and are determined to remain faithful to the teaching of Scripture on human sexuality, to those dear brothers and sisters, we extend our solidarity with them and assure them of our continued prayers.
(c) We continue to pray for ECUSA to allow the illumination of the Holy Spirit concerning this unfortunate step they have taken and its possible negative consequences on the whole Church. We pray that they may revisit their decision in this matter.
(iv) We want to make it crystal clear that the whole membership of the Church of Uganda uphold in full respect and faith the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and that of our Lord Jesus Christ himself on human sexuality as between a male and female and maintain that any same sex union is a disorder of God's creation.
Most Rev. Dr. Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo