Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches

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Primates and bishops of the Sixth Global South Conference in Cairo, Egypt, 2016

The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches, formerly known as Global South (Anglican), is a grouping of 24 Anglican churches, of which 22 are provinces of the Anglican Communion, plus the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Church in Brazil. The Anglican Diocese of Sydney is also officially listed as a member.[1]

Overview[edit]

The provinces identified with the Global South represent most of the Southern Hemisphere and Third World provinces within the Communion, including all those from Africa, the largest from South America, most from Asia and two Oceania provinces. Global South provinces are characterized by their theological conservatism on matters of sexual ethics and life issues, and by their Evangelicalism in churchmanship.[citation needed] The grouping excludes the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, the Anglican Church of Australia and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, despite the fact that some Australian and New Zealand dioceses were already represented in their meetings, and the Asian provinces of Japan and Korea.[citation needed] The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is officially associated to the Global South and was already represented in several meetings, despite being more liberal than their African counterparts.[citation needed] The Diocese of South Carolina, which left the Episcopal Church in October 2012, was accepted into Global South in August 2014 with the Global South temporarily caring for the Diocese until 2018, when the now-Anglican Diocese of South Carolina formally joined the Anglican Church in North America following the two formal votes.[2]

The Global South encounters started in 1994. The Global South standing gained impetus concerning the controversies over the acceptance of non-celibate homosexuality, as the blessing of same-sex unions and the allowing of non-celibate homosexual clergy was being promoted by the Episcopal Church of the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada. The apex of the controversy took place with the consecration of Gene Robinson, a partnered homosexual, as bishop of the Episcopal Church in 2003. The Global South churches have since then vigorously opposed the legitimacy of any acceptance of same-sex relationships within the Anglican Communion. Several of the Global South Primates attended the GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) that took place in Jerusalem in 2008, as an alternative to the Lambeth Conference. They also supported the creation of the Anglican Church in North America, in 2009, as a province in formation of the Anglican Communion and a theologically conservative alternative in the United States and Canada in opposition to what were viewed as revisionist departures that had taken place in these provinces concerning specifically human sexuality and the interpretation of the Bible. Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America was present at the Global South Primates Encounter that took place in Singapore, on 19–23 April 2010. The final statement declared: "We are grateful that the recently formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is a faithful expression of Anglicanism. We welcomed them as partners in the Gospel and our hope is that all provinces will be in full communion with the clergy and people of the ACNA and the Communion Partners."[3]

The African Provinces are all members of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA). The Global South makes regular pronouncements on the internal politics of the Anglican Communion, with particular emphasis upon issues of human sexuality, through a self-appointed Steering Committee, whose Chairman is the Most Rev. Mouneer Anis.[4]

The Global South issued a letter to the Crown Nominations Commission of the Anglican Communion, on 20 July 2012, signed by 13 Primates and representatives of other three churches, including the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, expressing his wish that the new Archbishop of Canterbury will remain faithful to the orthodoxy of the Anglican faith and work for the unity of the worldwide Anglican Communion.[5]

The 7th Global South Conference, held in Cairo, Egypt, on 8-11 October 2019, reuniting 101 delegates and observers of 18 Anglican provinces, proposed the creation of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches, with his GSFA Covenantal Structure, which was then approved on their official communiqué.[6] The 8th Global South Conference, also held in Cairo, except that online, on 14-17 October 2021, with the presence of 90 delegates from 16 provinces and a diocese, endorsed the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches "as a global body of orthodox Anglicans within the Anglican Communion. It retains its geographical anchorage in the provinces of the traditional “Global South”, nurtures its koinonia in the Gospel". It was also decided that in the next Conference, "membership in the Global South Fellowship will be based on assent to the Fundamental Declarations of the Covenantal Structure and agreement with the conciliar structures that bind us together as an ecclesial body." On the same occasion, Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop of South Sudan, was elected as Chairman.[7]

Provinces[edit]

The Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches official website lists 24 provinces and a diocese as 25 members:[8]

  1. The Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria
  2. The Church of Bangladesh (United)
  3. The Anglican Church in Brazil
  4. The Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi (CAPA)
  5. The Church of the Province of Central Africa (CAPA)
  6. The Anglican Church of Chile
  7. The Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo (CAPA)
  8. The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean (CAPA)
  9. The Anglican Church of Kenya (CAPA)
  10. The Church of Melanesia
  11. The Church of the Province of Myanmar
  12. The Church of Nigeria (CAPA)
  13. The Anglican Church in North America[9]
  14. The Church of Pakistan (United)
  15. The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
  16. The Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda
  17. The Church of the Province of South East Asia
  18. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa (CAPA)
  19. The Anglican Church of South America
  20. The Anglican Diocese of Sydney
  21. The Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (CAPA)
  22. The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan (CAPA)
  23. The Anglican Church of Tanzania (CAPA)
  24. The Church of Uganda (CAPA)
  25. The Church of the Province of West Africa (CAPA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches Official Website
  2. ^ Announcement regarding the Diocese of South Carolina, 22 August 2014.
  3. ^ Fourth Trumpet from the Fourth Anglican Global South to South Encounter, 23 April 2010, Global South Official Website.
  4. ^ Statement from the Global South Primates Steering Committee. London, March 13–15, 2008.
  5. ^ Global South Letter to the Crown Nominations Commission, 20 July 2012.
  6. ^ The Seventh Trumpet: Communiqué from the 7th Global South Conference, Cairo 2019
  7. ^ Communique from the 8th Global South meeting, 20 October 2021
  8. ^ Global South Fellowship of Anglican Church members
  9. ^ "Anglican Church in North America Declared Partner Province by the Global South". Anglican Church in North America. 2015-10-16.

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