The issue of women’s ordination in the AMiA is old news on this blog. But the latest press release from AMiA (I refuse to call it “theAM”) continues to display the problems that American Anglicans have with this issue. Specifically:
In 2007, the Anglican Mission expanded its structure at the request of Archbishop Kolini by creating the Anglican Mission in the Americas as an umbrella organization which includes the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA), the Anglican Coalition in Canada (ACiC) now under the leadership of Bishop Silas Ng and the Anglican Coalition in America (ACiA). This structure embraces two countries (the U.S. and Canada) as well as two theological positions on the ordination of women to the presbyterate. Both the ACiC and the ACiA ordain women to the priesthood, as does the Province of Rwanda, while the AMiA maintains its policy of ordaining women only to the diaconate. This structure provides a way to maintain the integrity, and honor the consciences, of those with differing positions and policies on women’s ordination, which mirrors the period of reception within Anglican Christianity.
Let’s see, there is:
1. Anglican Mission in America – no women’s ordination
2. Anglican Mission in the Americas – yes to women’s ordination and includes:
—- Anglican Mission in America
—- Anglican Coalition in America
Now there is a “initiative” called Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). Got it? With all those organizations and abbreviations, it’s like a front company being run out of Barbados! Websites exist for AMiA and ACiC. The bottom line to me is that it is one group, but it has created sub-groups in order to allow for the orthodox position on ordaining women (AMiA) and to look generic and not terribly Anglican to west coast hip people (C4SO).
Bishop Hunter is quoted using buzzwords like missional and celebrate when he says:
Bishop Todd explains. “It’s not about ordaining a particular gender or an issue of social justice for me – ordination is not a ‘right’ for anyone. While I recognize and celebrate the differences between genders, I want to raise up human beings gifted and called to Kingdom ministry…I guess you can say I’m an egalitarian of the complementary sort.”
What does that mean? I have no idea. My guess is that it means he is OK with ordaining women.
“I am excited about the potential for women to be part of our church planting movement on the west coast and am already seeing fruit of such ministry in C4SO,” he adds. “This is all about facilitating a missional commitment.”
The Bible and church tradition could not be more clear on this issue.
Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? (1 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV)
I will continue to press the following beliefs:
1. AMiA, CANA, REC and all the other groups should cease to exist and merge into one body, namely ACNA. Disband all the regional headquarters and websites.
2. Women’s ordination should be totally rejected by all these bodies.
3. A common prayer book and liturgy should be used by all parishes in ACNA.
4. The 39 Articles should be central to ACNA, not just in lip-service, but in testing candidates for holy orders.