Thursday, February 17, 2011

ACANZP Primate on the Bench

'The following Primates were elected as members of the Primates' Standing Committee at the recent Primates' Meeting in Dublin, Ireland and have agreed to serve:


Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan) - alternate Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi (Burundi)
Central, North, South Americas and the Caribbean

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (The Episcopal Church) - alternate Archbishop John Holder (West Indies)


Bishop David Chillingworth (Scotland) - alternate Archbishop Alan Harper (Ireland)

Middle East and West Asia

Bishop Samuel Azariah (Pakistan) - alternate Bishop Paul Sarker (Bangladesh)

South East Asia and Oceania

Archbishop Paul Kwong (Hong Kong) - alternate Archbishop Winston Halapua (Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia)

Each Primate serves for a period of three years, and thereafter until the next Primates’ Meeting. Also membership ceases when a member ceases to be a Primate.' [From ACNS].

In sporting parlance Archbishop Winston Halapua's election as 'alternate' is like being selected to sit on the bench of a Super XV rugby game ... every chance of some game time!

If my memory serves me correctly, some of this committee then join with some of ACC to form 'the Standing Committee' of the Anglican Communion.


Brother David said...

If my memory serves me correctly, some of this committee then join with some of ACC to form 'the Standing Committee' of the Anglican Communion.

As I understand it, the entire Primates' Standing Committee and the entire ACC Standing Committee together create the AC Standing Committee.

Paul Powers said...

From the Anglican Communion website:

The Standing Committee is a 14-member group (15, if the Archbishop of Canterbury is present, as he is an ex officio member, as well as being its President). Seven of its members are elected by the members of the ACC, and five are members of the Primates' Standing Committee. The other two members are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACC, elected by the members in plenary session. Their function is together to assist the Churches of the Anglican Communion in advancing the work of their mission worldwide.

Unless I miscounted, there are 5 people on the Primates' Standing Committee, so David is right: they are all on the AC standing committee. I'm not sure whether the ACC has its own standing committee apart from the AC standing committee.

liturgy said...

Does each region elect its own rep, or is the whole PM responsible for the total election? Is the person elected or the position? Having three primates, can any of our three be rotated into this role or does it have to be ++Winston?


Peter Carrell said...

Hi Bosco
I am sure the election is within the PM. But whether the PM breaks into regions or not to elect that region's rep, I am not sure ... I imagine they would.

As far as I can see from the report, ++Winston is "it" until his period is up or he ceases to be primate.

If he ceased to be (a) primate, I am not sure what happens re replacing him.

Paul Powers said...

It looks like +RW and +KJS are the only primates who were also on last year's standing committee (to provide continuity?)

wv: cleating

Peter Carrell said...

Yep. I reckon those two have got the Communion's immediate future as an organisation wrapped up. And one is a better politician than the other. But I ain't saying who :)

Brother David said...

Yes Bosco, the regional primates elect from among themselves one to represent them on the Standing Committee. This marks the second time that the primates of the Americas have freely elected +Katharine to represent them. Of the 7 provinces in the Americas (Canada, TEC, Mexico, Central America, West Indies, Southern Cone and Brazil,) I can only imagine two who might be unhappy with her election.

It appears from the Constitution of the ACC, that the Standing Committee of the AC is the only standing committee provided for, so the ACC does not have a standing committee apart from the SC of the AC, like the primates.

Father Ron Smith said...

And the Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand, The Rt. Revd. Victoria Mathews has been appointed Convenor of the Inhternational Faith and Order Commission. So we have a stake here.

Peter Carrell said...

That is good news, Ron, which I was not aware of. Thanks.

Father Ron Smith said...

Thank you, Peter, for correcting my first impression that Bishop Victoria was appointed Convenor of the Faith and Order Commission. That is the privelege of the Archibshop of Canterbury. What our Bishop has now been given responsibility for is to convene the meetings of the Working group of the Commission. However, that is still a pretty important role for a fellow Kiwi (/Canadian).