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Anglican evangelicals welcome GAFCON and GSFA's decision to work towards 'resetting' the Communion over same-sex blessings decision

by Kelly Valencia

The Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) has welcomed GAFCON and GSFA's decision to work together to "reset" the Anglican Communion, following the Church of England's plans to bless couples in same-sex relationships.

Over 1,300 Anglicans gathered in Rwanda last week to discuss their future in the Anglican Communion as the Church of England's recent decision has deepened existing divisions.

In a statement published after attending the GAFCON Conference in Kigali, the CEEC described the groups' commitment to "work together for the reform and the renewal of the Communion" as "significant".

Among the decisions released by GAFCON following the conference was the agreement by all those attending the event to no longer see the Archbishop of Canterbury as leader of the Communion.

"We have no confidence that the Archbishop of Canterbury nor the other Instruments of Communion led by him…are able to provide a godly way forward that will be acceptable to those who are committed to the truthfulness, clarity, sufficiency and authority of Scripture," GAFCON's statement said.

The CEEC has also urged Church of England bishops to "to step back from the brink" to avoid "the same internal division as the Communion has experienced in the last two decades" in the Church of England.

It said: "What is now clear is that, in the event of the General Synod endorsing blessings for people in sexually active relationships outside of heterosexual marriage, the Church of England will confirm she has "chosen to impair her relationship with the orthodox provinces in the Communion". She will thereby ensure that the Anglican Communion will cease to exist in anything like its current form."

"Given that about 45 per cent of the General Synod has clearly articulated the conviction that the proposals of the bishops are unacceptable, urgent consideration needs to be given to a form of good differentiation involving structural re-organisation without theological compromise. Following this path could prevent the unity of the Church of England being torn apart in the same way that the Communion has been."

Bishops are currently working on "refining the Prayers of Love and Faith and preparing the new pastoral guidance" which are expected to be brought to the General Synod in July.

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