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2348Nigerian Archbishop Will Not Attend Committee Meeting

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  • umcornet
    Mar 1, 2004
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      Monday, March 1,2004
      Nigerian Archbishop Will Not Attend Committee Meeting
      Anglican Communion News Service

      [ACNS] The Archbishop of Nigeria has indicated he will not attend the
      annual meeting of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and
      the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC), which meets in Canterbury
      from today.

      The Most Revd Peter Akinola is unable to meet with the members of the
      joint committee because of the presence of a representative of the
      Episcopal Church in the United States of America (ECUSA).

      Archbishop Akinola said - in a statement emailed to the Anglican
      Communion Office in London from his staff last week - that he would
      not sit at any meeting with representatives of ECUSA as that Province
      had allowed the consecration of the Rt Revd Gene Robinson to be
      Bishop of New Hampshire last year. Bishop Robinson is the first
      openly gay cleric to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion. By
      attending such meetings, the Archbishop added, he would "undermine
      the Nigerian Church's position" as stated in recent communiqu├ęs
      from the Council of the Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA).

      "Archbishop Akinola is baffled that the Anglican Communion Office
      (ACO) continues to act as if what ECUSA did does not really matter,"
      said the Venerable Oluranti Odubogun, the General Secretary of the
      Church of Nigeria, who also re-affirmed earlier statements from the
      Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) that condemned the US
      Church for Bishop Robinson's consecration. "By carrying out the
      consecration of Bishop Robinson ECUSA has "removed itself from the
      fellowship of the Communion.'"

      The annual Joint Standing Committee meeting of the Primates and the
      Anglican Consultative Council is being held in Canterbury and is the
      interim body that oversees the day-to-day operations of the Anglican
      Communion Office in London and the programmes and ministries of the
      instruments of unity, including the Lambeth Conference and the
      Anglican Consultative Council.

      The agenda for the Canterbury meeting is expected to look at the 2008
      Lambeth Conference, the ACC Meeting in 2005 and the appointment of a
      new Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, as Canon John L.
      Peterson retires at the end of 2004.

      The Primates' Standing Committee members are the Most Revd Rowan
      Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, with regional elected
      members, the Most Revd Bernard Malango, the Archbishop of Central
      Africa, the Most Revd Peter Kwong, the Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng
      Kung Hui, the Most Revd Frank Griswold, the Presiding Bishop of the
      Episcopal Church in the USA, the Most Revd Barry Morgan, the
      Archbishop of Wales, and the Most Revd Zechariah James Terom, the
      Moderator and Bishop of Chotanagpur, who will be unable to attend for
      personal reasons.

      The elected members of the Standing Committee of the Anglican
      Consultative Council are the Rt Revd John Paterson, the Presiding
      Bishop and Primate of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia, ACC
      chairman, the Rt Revd James Tengatenga, the Bishop of South Malawi,
      the Very Revd John Henry Moses, the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral,
      London, the Rt Revd Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal, the Bishop in Jerusalem,
      the Revd Robert Thompson of the Church in the Province of the West
      Indies, Mrs Jolly Babirukamu of the Church in the Province of Uganda,
      Mrs Fung-yi Wong of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, and Professor George
      Koshy of the Church of South India, ACC Vice-Chairman. The chairman
      of the Inter-Anglican Finance Committee is The Most Revd Robert
      Eames, the Archbishop of All Ireland. Archbishop Akinola is an
      elected ACC member to the Standing Committee.

      Speaking of the forthcoming meeting, Bishop Paterson said, "This
      meeting is one that will help shape the work of the Communion in the
      next few years. It is a very a timely and important gathering of
      elected persons charged by their fellow Anglicans to address
      significant matters for us all on behalf of the whole Communion."

      The Standing Committee will attend the Blessing of the new Anglican
      Communion Office at St Andrew's House, Westbourne Park, London on 5
      March. ACC Chairman Bishop John Paterson will preach and Archbishop
      Rowan Williams will preside at the Solemn Eucharist, attended by
      friends and donors from around the Communion.

      St Andrew's House was the home of the Community of Saint Andrew and
      has now been renovated to become the new Anglican Communion Office

      Further information on the Anglican Consultative Council can be found