Archbishop of Canterbury’s open door welcomed

Press Release

Changing Attitude England applauds the willingness of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury to meet, at their request, five Primates who are members of the GAFCON Primates’ Council, only one of whom had attended the Lambeth Conference in July. The five Primates were Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria, Gregory Venables, Primate of The Southern Cone, Emmanuel Kolini, Primate of Rwanda, Benjamin Nzmibi, Primate of Kenya, and Henry Orombi, Primate of Uganda, in the Old Palace, Canterbury on Friday 5 December 2008.

The Revd Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, said:

“The Archbishop of Canterbury as leader of the Anglican Communion appropriately exemplifies true Christian hospitality and charity in his commitment to welcome all members from the wonderful diversity of the Anglican Communion, whether catholic or evangelical, conservative or liberal, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

“It is right that the Primates from Provinces of the Global South should meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury in the week which saw their allies launch the new Anglican Church in North America. They are in good company. The Archbishop has welcomed such diverse leaders from the USA as Bishop Robert Duncan and Bishop Gene Robinson.

“Jesus of Nazareth welcomed into the Kingdom all who are created in the image of God and live as friends of God, saints and sinners alike. Changing Attitude affirms and values the welcome offered by our Archbishop to all who seek to follow Christ according to their own tradition and within the common life we share in the Anglican Communion.

“We are all members of one body, whether we belong to a part of the Communion called the Global South, or the Anglican Church in North America, or Integrity, or Changing Attitude. We are all one in Christ.”

As patron of Changing Attitude Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a sermon preached at All Saints Passadena: …“Jesus did not say, ‘I if I be lifted up I will draw some. Jesus said, ‘If I be lifted up I will draw all, all, all, all, all. Black, white, yellow, rich, poor, clever, not so clever, beautiful, not so beautiful. It’s one of the most radical things. All, all, all, all, all, all, all, all. All belong. Gay, lesbian, so-called straight. All, all are meant to be held in this incredible embrace that will not let us go. All.”

For further information contact:
The Reverend Colin Coward
Director of Changing Attitude England
Mobile +44 (0)7770 844302
Office +44 (0)1380 724908


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