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Canada: Anglican CoGs to Decide on Withdrawal from Key Meeting

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    Official News Release: Anglican Council of General Synod to Decide on Withdrawal from Key Meeting Toronto, May 2, 2005 -- The Anglican Church of Canada s
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      Official News Release: Anglican Council of General Synod to Decide on
      Withdrawal from Key Meeting


      Toronto, May 2, 2005 -- The Anglican Church of Canada's governing
      council, meeting in Mississauga Ont. Later this week, is set to decide
      on a request that the Canadian church voluntarily absent itself from a
      key Communion gathering.

      The Council of General Synod (CoGS) will also address another request
      that the church impose a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions
      at its meeting at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga,
      Ont., May 6-8.

      (CoGs is the chief governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada. It
      is the body that oversees the implementation of General Synod
      decisions and any matters referred to it by the Primate. It meets
      twice a year between sessions of the General Synod.)

      Members of CoGs will be responding to the Anglican Primates'
      Communiqué, which the heads of provincial churches issued after
      their meeting in Dromantine, Northern Ireland, in February.

      The key request contained in the Anglican Primates' communiqué was
      that the Canadian and U.S. churches voluntarily withdraw their members
      from participating in meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council
      for the period leading up to the next Lambeth Conference in 2008.

      (Last month, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in the
      United States agreed on behalf of the U.S. church to honour the
      request.)

      The Anglican Consultative Council is made up of bishops, priests and
      lay people from each of the worldwide Anglican Communion's 39
      provinces and is considered an "instrument of unity."

      The other major issue before CoGs is a proposal for a moratorium on
      blessings of same-sex unions made by a special commission that
      examined how the communion can stay together in light of growing
      controversies around sexual issues. In its report - The Windsor Report
      - the international commission requested such a moratorium.

      Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of
      Canada, says that a process for discussions has been prepared for
      council members before they vote on the issues.

      At CoGS on May 6, he said, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian
      Primate, will talk about the Primates' meeting in Northern Ireland.

      This will be followed by a series of presentations by General Synod
      committees that have considered the matter. Council will also hear
      from youth, from the conservative group Essentials, and from
      Integrity, a group that advocates for the full inclusion of gay and
      lesbian people in the church. Lutheran partners will also address the
      issue. The council, which ultimately makes the decision, will also
      consider positions on this issue taken by General Synod committees and
      a recent statement from the House of Bishops.

      Friday evening, Council members will focus on the Windsor report.
      Council will also hear from the Primate's Theological Commission which
      was asked by General Synod 2004, to consider whether the blessing of
      committed same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine.

      Council is expected to vote on the key issues on Saturday evening
      (May 7.)

      CoGs will also consider a host of resolutions and motions dealing with
      the work of the church and review General Synod's budget for 2005.

      The Council's deliberations are normally public, although it does have
      the option to go into closed session.

      See also:

      * The Primates' Communiqué:
      http://www.anglican.ca/news/communique.htm

      * Statement by Canadian Anglican Bishops:
      http://www.anglican.ca/news/statement.htm

      * The Windsor Report and Responses:
      http://www.anglican.ca/about/windsor.htm

      * Media Kit:
      http://www.anglican.ca/news/backgrounders

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      For more information, please contact Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director
      of Communications, scarriere@..., 416 924 9199 ext.
      306, or Diana Mavunduse, Communications Assistant,
      dmavunduse@...,
      416 924 9199 ext. 352
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