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Anglican Church of North America a member of Anglican family says Church of England General Synod

Mrs Lorna Ashworth, Bishop David Anderson, The Revd Philip Ashey, Dr Michael W HowellThe General Synod passed the following on 10 February 2010:  That this Synod, aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada  

a) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

b) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

c) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011 

   Voting: For: 309; Against: 69; Abstentions: 17. 

Press conference   Audio of debate  Lorna Ashworth's opening speech on audio  Lorna Ashworth's opening speech on video

Part 1  www.anglicantv.org  Part 2  www.anglicantv.org  ACNA website  TEC Episcopal News Service Report

Update: A motion that this Synod

a) express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America

b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family

c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011

which incorporated Lorna Ashworth’s amendment was lost by 223 votes to 166 “through the doors” after the electronic voting system failed. The Bishops of Winchester and Chichester spoke and voted in favour of this addition to Lorna Ashworth’s motion and the Archbishop of York voted in favour of it.

Two motions to pass to next business and to adjourn the debate were lost.


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