Archbishop Welby calls for unity after gay- debate ‘split’ Anglican church

Archbishop Welby calls for unity after gay- debate ‘split’ Anglican church
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. [Photo: Courtesy]

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has expressed dismay over same sex marriage that divided the church during the Lambeth Conference.

In a statement issued yesterday, Welby acknowledged Lambeth resolution 1.10 as a true teaching about marriage to be between one man and one woman.

However, he stressed that unity was an important factor irrespective of varying views and differing cultural backgrounds, noting he was sad for non-participation of some Anglican Bishops and Spouses.

 “For now, on this matter on which we are so divided, I want to repeat a sentence from the call: ‘As Bishops we remain committed to listening and walking together to the maximum possible degree, despite our deep disagreement on these issues,’” he said.

“The call states that many provinces and I think we need to acknowledge it is the majority continue to affirm that same gender marriage is not permissible.”

According the Welby, Lambeth 1.10 had been contentious and called for reconciliation urging bishops to set aside difference and work for the common good of the church.

Over the weekend, the bishops of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA), refused to partake of Holy Communion with other bishops, saying they could not take Holy Communion with Gay Bishops.

Holy Communion is an important sacrament which symbolizes union in the body of Christ.

Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches is made up of 25 provinces, who attended 15th Lambeth Conference.

The Primate of Episcopal Church of South Sudan, and the chairman of the Global South Fellowship of Anglican (GSFA) churches, the Most Rev Dr Justin Badi Arama, stated that they would declare their position on Lambeth 1.10 2018 as the official teaching on marriage and sexuality.

“As you watch this today, I will have just announced to the media that the GSFA is to table its own resolution at the conference. We will give every Bishop the opportunity to reaffirm Lambeth 1.10 as the Anglican Communion’s official teaching on marriage and sexuality,” he added.

“On Monday, we will talk to you again as we give bishops the text of the resolution and the way in which they can sign up.”

GSFA makes up majority of the Anglican Communion with 75%.

James Wong, the Archbishop of the Province of Indian Ocean stated the world could not be healed while the Anglican Communion is apart.

“At this conference, we are being asked to look at the needs of our broken world, and to offer hope. But we cannot mend a broken world when the Anglican Church is so broken and fractured,” Wong said.

“All provinces must remember that they are part of one body, and one Communion. Unfortunately, some provinces put emphasis on being autonomous, and forget the necessity of being interdependent.”