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Global South is refuge of holy remnant, says Archbishop Badi

14 June 2024

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Archbishop Badi, who is Primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, opens the GSFA’s first assembly under its new structure, on Tuesday

Archbishop Badi, who is Primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, opens the GSFA’s first assembly under its new structure, on Tuesday

THE Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA) is the “home of orthodoxy” in the Anglican Communion, regardless of geographical location, its chairman, the Most Revd Justin Badi Arama, has told a gathering in Cairo.

Opening the GSFA’s first assembly under its new structure, on Tuesday, Archbishop Badi, who is Primate of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, described the shift of the basis of membership “from geography to doctrine”.

“Provinces who join the fellowship covenant with each other to stay faithful to the plain and canonical teaching of God’s word and to be mutually accountable to each other in matters of faith and order.”

Along with the Provinces that make up the “ordinary members” of the GSFA, and which includes the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) as well as Provinces in Africa, South America, and South Asia, several “mission partners” were also invited to the assembly.

The Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) is listed as a mission partner of the GSFA, and is being represented in Cairo by the CEEC president, a former Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Julian Henderson, and the organisation’s national director, Canon John Dunnett.

The 200 or so participants at the assembly represented “the holy remnant in the Communion”, Archbishop Badi said. “They are those who have resisted bowing to the demands of revisionism. They have committed themselves to proclaim and live out the authentic gospel truth.”

Referring to the decision to approve blessings for same-sex couples in the Church of England, he said that the GSFA “deeply lament the current situation”, and pray that “revisionist Provinces” would “return to obeying God’s word”.

The assembly ends on Saturday.

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