Diverse Primates Write in Support of +Lawrence
Dear Bishop Mark Lawrence,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Several of the Global South Primates met recently as we gathered in Singapore for the Installation of Rt. Rev. Rennis Ponniah as the new Bishop of Singapore.
We were saddened, but not surprised, by the news of your inhibition and possible deposition by the TEC. We all want to assure you and the Diocese of South Carolina of our continuing prayers and support. We thank God for your stand for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! We are proud that you are willing to suffer for the faith once delivered to the saints.
Please be assured that we are with you, and that our Lord is also proud of you and our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of South Carolina.
May the Lord bless you!
Yours in Christ,
+ Mouneer Egypt
The Most Revd Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Primate of Jerusalem & the Middle East Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
Chairman, Global South Primates Steering Committee
+ Ian Mauritius
The Most Revd Ian Ernest
Primate of the Indian Ocean Bishop of Mauritius
Hon. General Secretary, Global South Primates Steering Committee
The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh (All Nigeria)
The Most Rev. Bolly Lapok (South East Asia)
The Most Rev. Stephen Than (Myanmar)
The Most Rev. Henri Isingoma (Congo)
The Most Rev. Hector Zavala (Southern Cone)
The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala (Kenya)
The Most Rev. Daniel Deng (Sudan)
And next, from here:
23rd October, A.D. 2012
Feast of St. James of Jerusalem
Dear Friends in Christ,
I wanted to write an open letter to assure you on behalf of your brothers and sisters of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, and of the Anglican Church in North America, of our prayers and solidarity with you.
Pittsburgh and South Carolina have very different histories and sociologies. Yet, in the last generation, we have shared a common vision that created and sustained the Seminary at Ambridge, that produced the two evangelizing and mission focused engines that are our dioceses, that changed the dynamics of the Episcopal Church, and that now share a common and painful rejection by the Church we loved and to which we contributed so much.
The Anglican Church in North America has not been a fellowship whose life or development we have been able to share in common. You have been within the Episcopal Church; we have not. Nevertheless, I can assure you of the prayers all of us in the Anglican Church have always prayed – and will continue to pray – for the Diocese of South Carolina.. We also want to express our emotional and spiritual support for you as you wrestle with your path forward.
The Diocese of South Carolina has much to consider as it seeks to build its post-Episcopal Church life. I know you well enough to know that you will wisely take your time. In this new season we offer the assurance of our prayers and a statement of solidarity that whatever we can do for you and with you we will.
The vision of a biblical, missionary, and united Anglicanism in North America – surely God’s vision for us – remains ours to labor for and to fulfill.
Faithfully in Christ,
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh
These expressions of solidarity, of course are all the more remarkable because they highlight the absence of similar expressions of solidarity from such groups as the Communion Partner Bishops, or even from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Indeed, the latter, who is leaving his office as of the end of the year, might at least heave a parting shot at his old nemesis Bishop Katharine, but it appears he will not mix it up with her anymore.
In that respect, his silence could perhaps best be understood as respecting the point of view in this incomparable madrigal, “The Silver Swan”, composed by the Elizabethan and Jacobean master, Orlando Gibbons, who probably also wrote the text:
The silver Swan, who, living, had no Note,
when Death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast upon the reedy shore,
thus sang her first and last, and sang no more:
“Farewell, all joys! O Death, come close mine eyes!
More Geese than Swans now live, more Fools than Wise.”
Translated: “I am done with the follies of The Episcopal Church (USA); I am forever free of the wiles of +Katharine Jefferts Schori; and may my successor fare better with the geese than I.”
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