About this Global South Anglican Web

09 November 2005 - Print Version

News & Views

This website was set up after the 3rd South South Encounter in Oct ‘05 to carry the materials from the event and to follow-up work as laid out in the communiqués, especially the Third Trumpet.

It has since become both a news site and a theological forum for issues of concern to Global South Provinces. Apart from official releases, the views of contributors here do not necessary represent that of the Global South Steering Committee.

The views of contributors to this site (especially in the Theology & Views section) do not necessary reflect the views of the the Global South Primates Steering Committee.

Currently, the Web Administration and Editorial team are headed by Canon Terry Wong (Diocese of Singapore, Province of Southeast Asia) and Canon AkinTunde Popoola (Church Of Nigeria Communications Department).

The site is managed under the direction of the current Global South Steering Committee (GSSC), comprising:

President: Most Rev’d Peter J. Akinola, Nigeria
General Secretary: Most Rev’d John Chew, Southeast Asia
Treasurer: Most Rev’d Mouneer Anis, Jerusalem and the Middle East.

Most Rev’d Emmanuel Kolini, Rwanda
Most Rev’d Drexel Gomez, West Indies
Most Rev’d Bernard Malango, Central Africa
Most Rev’d Gregory Venables, Southern Cone

Secretariat:
Assoc Secretary: Bishop Martyn Minns
Asst Secretaries: Canon Wong Tak Meng, Canon Terry Wong

Other Global South Primates do participate in some of the GSSC meetings as and when the need arises. 

You are most welcome to participate on this site. We are contactable at admin@globalsouthanglican.org if you have any enquiries or feedback.

To post comments, you will have to sign up as a member first.

14 Responses. Comments closed for this entry.

  1. Gander Says:

    Congratulations on the new and useful site! May it always be to the Glory of God.

    I am one of those lost to the Anglican Church by multiple Methodist derivations (Free Methodist). It is too bad as I and others of similar situation are far more Anglican than most Episcopalians. I hope that some day soon there will be a willing wing to collect us under.

    May God continue to bless you as you move into new roles of leadership.

    Don

  2. Karen B. Says:

    What a fabulous resource.  By posting ++Rowan’s Q&A session you have blessed and encouraged many of us.  Thanks for making this material available!

  3. TerryW Says:

    We acidentally deleted some on the member list. Do reapply. We would love to have you participating on this site.

    TerryW

  4. Randy Muller Says:

    Thank you very much for setting up this website.  It is already providing me with much-needed encouragement and resources.

  5. Martin Backstrom Says:

    Hello,

    I wish to respond to respond to statements on your Global South website.  As a lifelong Anglican, I feel I have this right.

    I read that, “The leaders of these provinces [in North America] disregard the plain teaching of Scripture and reject the traditional interpretation of tenets in the historical Creeds.”

    Hello!  Do not your “traditional” views not do the same?  The Bible speaks of slavery completely acceptable, yet I suspect you find it abhorrent.  But you make no mention of violating that teaching… not to mention others, such as polygamy, issues of dress, food, domestic relations, etc.  I assume you now reject killing, at least for what we would now consider trivial matters, such as wearing garments of two threads.  If you make literal interpretation of an ancient document your standard, then by all means be consistent!

    The Global South leadership displays a deep hypocrisy with regard to Scriptural interpretation, ignoring what is inconvenient, and then placing a horrific, inhumane burden on prayerful and decent gay and lesbian people, whose true nature has finally come to be understood in many modern societies.  Your ignorant, hateful and deeply hypocritical views are rightfully rejected by more progressive and thoughtful individuals.

    Thanks,  Martin

  6. Randy Muller Says:

    Martin in #5 writes:

    “The Bible speaks of slavery completely acceptable”

    Of course it does not.

    What *is* true is that some people in the 1800s interpreted the bible incorrectly to come to this conclusion—just like today, when some people interpret the bible incorrectly to come to the conclusion that homosexual activity is blessed by God.

    Truly progressive and thoughtful individuals do not reject the scriptures because they disagree with them, or because they don’t like them.  Truly progressive and thoughtful individuals let the Holy Spirit guide them into all truth, which is always in accordance with God’s word written.

  7. benito!!! Says:

    Is this website intended to be an alternative to anglicancommunion.org?  Is its news intended to be an alternative to the Anglican Communion News Service?  Please explain.

    Best,
    Benjamin

  8. benito!!! Says:

    ps Who initiated this website and why?

  9. Flabellum Says:

    Since the ACNS site can be highly selective about what it publishes (e.g. Bp Handford’s note of dissociation, but not the letter he dissociates from) it is high time that a site like this where the Global South are not first vetted by the liberal Anglican Communion secretariat.

  10. Karen B. Says:

    Thanks for the update and the excellent example of transparency and responsiveness to concerns and questions.  Very refreshing and encouraging in these days of so much spin.

  11. Ray Says:

    What definition of “Global South” is used by this grouping and website?

  12. Marlin Says:

    Thanks for a site where we can voice our beliefs. I enjoy being able to state my views. It makes me feel that my opinions are being heard by the powers that be and that the majority voice can be heard and taken in account.

    Too many times in this modern world the rule is by minority. “The squeeky wheel gets the grease.”. It’s time the majorty view gets recognition, whatever that view is.

  13. Marlin Says:

    In reply the attacks on the Global South stand.

    I just reciently responded to a young person who said he was gay. He was talking about going to seminary school. He then went on to effectivly throw out all of the scripture by St. Paul because he felt that St. Paul was homophobic.

    If this is an example of the gay take on scriptures then those of the ECUSA who support this idea should re-evaluate whether they are truly christians. The mark of a christian is a devout belief in scripture. We cannot be throwing out whatever goes against our ideas just to support our own unrepentant sin. This is false doctrine.

  14. rev. Claudio Bocca Says:

    THE EPISCOPAL ORTHODOX MISSION IN ITALY (EOMI): WHERE WE STAND

    THE STATEMENT OF THE BISHOP OF RUVUMA
    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Maternus Kapinga

    I PREAMBLE

    It becomes necessary at times to affirm our stance, because while we seriously go about doing the work of God in His Church as His Spirit guides us there are people who do not leave us alone, but keep spreading false information to discredit our Mission and to confuse our friends and supporters. However, as the Swahili adage goes, ” Kweli ikidhihiri, uwongo hujitenga,” namely, “as the truth dawns falsity dissipates.”

    II INTRODUCTION

    The Episcopal Orthodox Mission in Italy ( EOMI ) is a canonical Foundation of the Diocese of Ruvuma in the Anglican Church of Tanzania, within the Anglican Communion. The EOMI is an “organized mission” under the direct authority and jurisdiction of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Maternus Kapinga to proclaim the Gospel and administer Sacraments, to Italian ( or African ) Anglicans who are members “in good standing” of the Diocese of Ruvuma. The EOMI has evolved as a ministry for the pastoral care of its members who live in Italy. The Mission developed against the background of the catastrophic spiritual scenario, which resulted from the revisionist agenda pursued in some constituencies of the Anglican Communion which chose to depart from orthodox Biblical Christianity, and so tearing the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level.

    III WE ARE ORTHODOX ANGLICANS

    We are Anglicans. The Episcopal Orthodox Mission in Italy is a Canonical Foundation of the Diocese of Ruvuma. The Diocese of Ruvuma is one of the nineteen Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, which is a Province in the Anglican Churches of Africa. The Bishop of Ruvuma was one of the founding Fathers of the All Africa Anglican Bishops’ Conference ( Lagos 2004 ) which is now one of the instruments of unity of the Anglican Church of Africa. Furthermore, the Anglican Church of Tanzania is one of the Churches of Anglican Churches of the Global South where beyond dispute, now subsists the Orthodox Biblical Christianity of the Church; One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

    Contrary to what rumour mongering has it, the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania support the Bishop of Ruvuma’s initiative with EOMI. In fact, he is not the only Tanzanian Bishop supporting orthodox Anglicans abroad. Again, contrary to the mendacity being spread about, the Archbishop of Tanzania has told the Bishop of Ruvuma that never was “discipline” against him ever contemplated for his ministry at the service of Anglicans abroad.

    We are Orthodox Anglicans. We uphold the orthodox Biblical Christianity of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, namely the evangelical faith once delivered to the Saints and the Catholic sacramental order upheld always, everywhere and by all.

    Unlike those who have departed from Orthodox Biblical Christianity, we say “NO,” to the blessing of the same sex unions and to the ordination of the homosexual persons to the Holy Order of the Church.

    Unlike those who have departed from the Catholic fold of the Church, we say “NO,” to the ordination of women to the Holy Order of the Church.

    We declare that for us “Communio in Sacris” is only possible with those who adhere to the Orthodox Biblical Christianity of the Church, defending, upholding and keeping the Faith of the Church once delivered to the Saints, and upholding the sacramental order that has been upheld in the Church always, everywhere and by all.

    The Bishop of Ruvuma continues with his mission and apostolate as a defender of the Faith of the Church, for which is known and acclaimed. In recent days another faithful Bishop of the Church has sent to him this message following a telephone conversation:” For me today is a blessed day: the first person to talk to, is a faithful servant of our Lord and Saviour.”

    In recent months, the members of Forward in Faith Australia invited the Bishop of Ruvuma to give two keynote addresses at their Annual Assembly and following his ministry in five Australian cities, there has been only appreciation for his having confirmed his brethren in the faith.

    The Bishop of Ruvuma continues to inspire persons, young and old, struggling out of the darkness of the revisionist liberal religion of men and women of error, to reach for the light of Orthodox Biblical Christianity. Since the year 2000, the Bishop has been co-Vice Chairman of the International Bishops’ Conference on Faith and Order, the Conference of traditionalist Anglican Bishops opposed to the revisionist liberal agenda, in defence of the Faith and the Order of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. In their June 2000 Statement the traditionalist Bishops committed themselves to helping spiritually those, Anglicans caught in the claws the revisionist religion even as they struggle for the evangelical faith and the order of the Church of God.

    IV THERE IS NO OVERLAPPING OF JURISDICTIONS

    Those who oppose the Work of God in the EOMI whip up against the Bishop of Ruvuma the accusation of the crossing of jurisdictions.

    According to documents that we possess, Anglican Churches that have a jurisdiction in Italy at all, claim a missionary jurisdiction only. This revolves around the spiritual oversight of those souls that accede to the canons and the authority of their respective Churches. There can be no crossing or overlapping of jurisdictions in this respect at all.

    Admittedly a new comer on the scene, the EOMI is a missionary jurisdiction of only those Italian orthodox Anglican faithful, who look to the Bishop of Ruvuma for their spiritual oversight. There are no Americans or English people in the EOMI. In Christ, the Italian Anglicans who look to the Bishop of Ruvuma for their spiritual oversight have the freedom and every right to do so.

    It is to be noted that all the clergy of the EOMI are canonically resident in the Diocese of Ruvuma. The faithful in the EOMI are native Italians almost all of whom have never belonged to any other Anglican jurisdiction.

    It is important to state very clearly that the goal of the Mission is for the Glory of God and the Salvation of souls. Once we are clear about this goal and are committed to it, we do not need to wait for human acceptance or approval to go about doing the Work of God. Our presence it may not please the older Anglican missionary jurisdictions in Italy, but this is irrelevant ! The question is: Are we being faithful to God ? Is our work pleasing to Him ? Is the Glory of God and the Salvation of Souls our final end ? Nothing else matters !!

    EPILOGUE: BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD !

    We in the EOMI bless the Name of God, our good Lord for His blessings. The Mission is slowly growing and the ministry is challenging. We thank God especially this time for the blessing of the first clergy from within the Mission itself. This for us is sufficient evidence that God is indeed with us. And if God is with us, the Psalmist has taught us to ask: who can be against us ?

    We bless the Lord also for the friends of the Mission whose help we have sought and who have been understanding and generous to us. We shall continue to seek their assistance, and we pray and hope that they will continue to help us to pursue the goal of our Mission. May God bless the friends of the EOMI. March 20, 2006

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Maternus Kapinga
    Diocesan Bishop of Ruvuma and EOMI
    In the Anglican Church of Tanzania within the Anglican Communion Episcopal Orthodox Mission in Italy .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)