2348Nigerian Archbishop Will Not Attend Committee Meeting
- Mar 1, 2004Monday, 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
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 communiqués
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
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