Hiltz calls for prayers before Primates’ Meeting


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Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is asking for prayers “that we have patience with one another in continuing conversations about same-sex marriage” in advance of a meeting of primates October 2-6. Photo: General Synod Communications

With Anglican primates from around the world set to meet for five days of talks in Canterbury, England, October 2, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is calling for prayers on a range of issues.

In a post on the website of the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), Hiltz asks for prayers on some Communion-wide matters and others specific to the Anglican Church of Canada.

The post begins with a request for prayers “that we have patience with one another in continuing conversations about same-sex marriage.”

Same-sex marriage proved an especially divisive issue at the primates’ last meeting, in January 2016; the meeting culminated with a request on the part of the majority of the primates that The Episcopal Church (TEC) be barred from decision-making in internal Anglican Communion bodies for three years. The primates said they were responding to a decision by TEC’s General Convention the previous summer to allow same-sex marriage.

The primate also asks for “prayers for perseverance in our commitment to honour the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” and for God’s guidance in the church’s work supporting the creation of an Indigenous church.

Hiltz also asks for prayers for the church’s commitment to fighting human trafficking. Council of General Synod (CoGS) endorsed an anti-human trafficking resolution at its recent meeting in June.

The primate also asks for prayers for “the church’s response to the Communion-wide call to a season of intentional discipleship” issued by the Anglican Consultative Council in April 2016.

Hiltz concludes by asking for prayers for the primates themselves, “that at our gathering we have a heart not only for the unity of the Church but for the peace of the world” and “that we be humbled and graced to be a prophetic voice speaking into the suffering of the poor, the enslaved, and those forced to flee from their homelands.”

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Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

10 Responses

  1. My understanding of Anglican polity is that each Province has the right to discern, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, what are appropriate interpretations of Scripture as they apply to each culture and age. This means incorporating the best biblical and theological scholarship as we move forward. To me Anglicanism has always been a reforming church and is cognizant of the fact that God’s revelation is not static but a dynamic living breath of pure wisdom. For those Provinces that dispute our theological positions it is their right to do so, and they can continue to practice their particular brand of faith as they see fit I can accept the diversity of understandings, but we are not a centrally governed church with an imperial authoritarian hierarchy. Primates are no more than individual representatives of the political and cultural practices of their own National Church.

    1. Reforming church ,that is, bring the church more in line with Gods word and truth, not violating it. We are called to conform to Gods truth not the church to the world perspective of truth.

          1. Which of God’s words do you accept as true? Women be silent in the church? Keep the Sabbath? Don’t wear clothes of mixed material? Stone blasphemers? Have many wives? and so on. It is not a simple decision. When Jesus said “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate responded, “What is truth?” ( John 18:38). It seems I am only asking a simple question that has been around for a long time.

          2. On what truth do you build you faith ? How do you discern truth? For the questions you ask ,see 39 articles of faith #7

  2. Why bring a divisive topic at all to the meeting. The scripture is clear on the topic & CHRIST specially states that marriage is between men & women – the human body cannot survive as a species if it was so. To bring about changes because a vocal minority wishes it will cause a permanent division of the whole body and bring about an organisation with no rules except the fashionably new ones, with no rules except those of the majority.

  3. Tony: It still doesn’t answer the question. Merely avoids it. That’s why the church is failing to resonate with so many people. We can’t check our brains at the door and defend it on the basis of factual error and superstition.

    1. Again ,What is your “christian faith” based on ? All we know about Jesus and why He came is found in the pages of the Old and New Testament or have you had a revelation that supersedes what has been given in the past. There are different types of laws in the Old testament ,civil ,ceremonial, moral . After Christs dead and resurrection the first two had run their course ,and now we are still bound by the moral law as stated in article 7 of the 39 articles of the anglican church. On what authority or foundation do you base your “Christian “faith? “That’s why the church is failing to resonate with so many people” the church is failing because it has abandon the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. and has adopted the mores of this world and the world sees no difference in the two and says “what’s the point. Even God will abandon such a church and has. “‘This people honors me with their lips,but their heart is far from me;in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men”

    2. You need to bring your brain and your heart inside, John. The truth and revelation of Scripture are not antithetical to reason and thought,they are above it. We as Christians are called to live in the light of the revelation of Scripture, not pick and choose what we will believe and make the practice of religion a hodge-podge. Faith is not a buffet table.

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