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A statement from Bishop Bob Bennett on Jan. 18 regarding the primates’ meeting 

Dear Friends:

I have been following, as have many of you, the news from the meeting of the primates of the Anglican Communion that was held in Canterbury, England, Jan. 11-14.

I am deeply troubled by the decision to censure the Episcopal Church of the United States for allowing their clergy to perform same-sex marriages.

Throughout the Anglican Communion there have always been differences of polity and practice, but even in the midst of these we have upheld the importance of coming together to talk, to worship and to pray. Now, we seem to have reached a point where that may be in doubt.

The deep tension for many of us is a desire to hold together the Communion while at the same time speaking and working for justice and equality for all of God’s people.

Our primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, who was at the primates’ meeting, has released an initial statement (click here to read) and later a longer, 3,000-word reflection (click here to read).

I encourage you to read the statement and above all, I encourage you to pray for our Communion, for the Episcopal Church, for our primate, for the Anglican Church of Canada and especially for LGBTQ people who are deeply hurt by the action of the primates.

May we hear and follow the leading of God in this difficult time.

+Bob

Canadian primate Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, centre, bows his head in prayer during Evensong at the January primates’ meeting. photo from Anglican Archives

Canadian primate Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, centre, bows his head in prayer during Evensong at the January primates’ meeting. photo from Anglican Archives