Mostrando postagens de Março, 2007

Communion...not Power!

I received with joy the message delivered by the Episcopal Church's Bishops after their meeting yesterday.
First, I was heartened by the courage in defending what it is a principle crystallized in the Communion -- that is, provincial autonomy. The Episcopal Church, like the other provinces, has its own canonical mechanisms that allow the exercise of its autonomy inside the parameters already consolidated historically in our tradition.
The present crisis within the Communion has been creating abnormal situations because, generally, the conservatives, under the claim of defending orthodoxy, transgress the jurisdictions, trespassing diocesan or provincial legitimate authorities.
Brazil's Province suffered this improper interference when the Primate of the Southern Cone extended his pastoral supervision over the bishop and the schismatic clergy of the Diocese of Recife without respect for the sovereign provincial decision that deposed the bishop of that diocese.

The establishment of…

Flesh....and not Text

Anglicans from around the world are gathering in Joannesburg, South Africa, to reflect about the Church's role in concrete involvement in the MDGs Campaign for overcome poverty in the world. Millennium goals is a set priorities that UN has demanded to implement, with the support from the Governments and organizations for reduce economic inequalities up to 2015.

The Conference called TEAM - Toward an affective Anglican Mission - was opened with eucharistic celebration by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primate of Southern Province in a Parish located at Tsakane. A vibrant community received the delegates with a warm and profound celebration full of rooted faith and very nice welcome.

At the opening speech, the next day in plenary, the Archbishop Williams emphasized that the church has the responsibility that is to make God known to the world. Exploring the meaning of the word "know", the Archbishop assumed that make God known is fundamentally to establish a profound …

Some Reflections about.Communion and Covenant

I have been looking attentively over some arguments put forth by some scholars in recent days about the significance of the proposed Anglican Covenant as a legitimate way to overcome the conflict that we are living within our Church.

With full respect for the people who adopt this strategy as a legitimate way to overcome the crisis, I would like to point out some limitations in the construction of an theological instrument without considering the more heartfelt incarnational meaning of the word Koinonia.

As I said in the Epiphany West Conference in Berkeley, I reaffirm that Communion is built with feelings more than in theological agreements. This is the most profound meaning of the Greek sense of Koinonia.

Sharing the holy table, dreaming together, acting jointly in the world motivated by the God's love does not demand, necessarily, a theological covenant.

When people starts to feel the need of a clear and a consensual definition on beliefs, as an agreement that makes demands on eve…