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Welby refuses to sign Jerusalem Declaration

Welby refuses to sign Jerusalem Declaration
He would not be permitted to attend GAFCON gabfest in Rwanda next year

By David W. Virtue, DD
September 10, 2019

An exchange between a church commissioner and an MP questioner revealed that Justin Welby has not, nor has any intention of signing the Jerusalem Declaration, and would therefore not be eligible to attend the GAFCON gathering of bishops next year in Kilgali, Rwanda.

Only bishops who have signed the declaration are eligible to attend.

The member for South Holland and The Deepings, the Rt. Hon. Sir John Hayes (Cons.) tabled six questions to Dame Caroline Spelman (Cons.) the Second Church Estates Commissioner in Parliament on the Anglican Communion, GAFCON, and the Church of England on 24 July 2019. Mrs. Spelman responded as follows:

To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has plans to adopt the approach of the Global Anglican Future Conference as a model for the (a) growth and (b) development of the Anglican Communion.

On September 3, 2019 she replied:

The policies, structures and strategic development of the Anglican Communion are not matters for which the Church Commissioners has responsibility.

Global Anglican Future Conference: Rwanda

To ask the right Hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Archbishop of Canterbury plans to attend the 2020 Global Anglican Future Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

On September 3, 2019

At previous meetings of the Global Anglican Future Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury has been represented by a diocesan bishop of the Church of England. No decision has yet been taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury about whether he or a representative will attend the 2020 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

The full exchange can be seen here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&max=20&questiontype=AllQuestions&house=commons%2clords&member=312


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