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Bishops who boycotted Lambeth Conference over same-sex marriage stance invited to reaffirm Lambeth 1.10

by Kelly Valencia

The bishops of Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda, who decided not to attend the Lambeth Conference because of the presence of pro-LGBT provinces, will be given the chance to sign in support of reaffirming Lambeth 1.10 resolution. 

The resolution from 1998, which describes homosexuality as "incompatible with scripture", was included in the programme for bishops to discuss over the Lambeth Conference. 

But following backlash from liberal voices within the Communion, the text was changed to omit certain parts of the resolution and include those provinces who already bless same-sex marriage. 

The changes resulting in the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GFSA) issuing its own resolution affirming only heterosexual marriage is compatible with scripture. 

Those bishops attending the Lambeth Conference were encouraged to sign in support of the GFSA's resolution to affirm Lambeth 1.10 as the official Anglican teaching. 

As of 8th August, 125 bishops from 21 provinces signed in support. 

According to the GFSA, the number is likely to have been higher if all the bishops from Nigeria, Uganda and Rwanda had attended the conference. 

As the Lambeth Conference concluded on Sunday, the GSFA is said to be "developing a process for those primates, and bishops who, for a variety of reasons did not attend the 2022 Conference to indicate their affirmation". 

For the group, the Lambeth 1.10 reaffirmation marks the start of a "resetting" of the Anglican Communion back to its biblical roots.

Archbishop Justin Badi, Primate of South Sudan and Chairman of the GSFA said: "I give thanks to God for all the bishops who have reaffirmed Lambeth 1.10 - in its entirety - as the official teaching of the Anglican Communion on Marriage and Sexuality. We have been greatly encouraged by the bishops throughout the world at this Conference who have expressed their support, in whatever form, for the Communion to be governed by Biblical authority."

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