I've been away a few days and as a result missed the first two of three meetings scheduled this week for the A Way Forward report to be presented (post below). What a good few days they were, buried deep in the heart of the countryside (Te Waiora, for those who know it).
Now back into the Anglican fray, a friend has sent me a link to Uganda threatening - well, actually, Uganda is pretty good at doing what is says it will do, so change that to - promising to boycott the ACC meeting in Lusaka.
It seems that Archbishop Ngatali has common accord with no less an Islamic figure than the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque in respect of critical assessment of TEC's approach to the Scriptures.
Meanwhile, closer to home, in the western island to the west of the Most Beautiful Country on Earth, an Australian bishop has suggested that a nearby diocese is divisive. But David Oulds' article is worth a careful read. Who is being divisive in the Australian Anglican church? Is it the Diocese of Sydney or is it those who disregard common agreements made across the dioceses?
Meantime, back in NZ, I still haven't read the whole of A Way Forward in a diligent manner.What is a busy man to do? Here is my working plan: each Monday (or thereabouts) I will publish an analysis of of a section of the report. We have ten Mondays between now and General Synod. There are twelve sections in the report, so some Mondays we will cover more than one section.
Conversely, I hope to discipline myself to not publish endlessly on AWF, so any posts between Mondays will be on other topics.
Natch I will be plagiarising the many wonderful, astute, perspicuous comments made in the post below. Thank you commenters :)