In what must be seen as a significant move of further consolidation of purpose, the primates of GAFCON and the Global South have issued a joint statement concerning the investitutre of Foley Beach as Archbishop and Primate of the ACNA.
Mercy, grace, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We, the undersigned primates, were honored to participate in the joyful investiture of the Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach as Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, and to receive him as a fellow Primate of the Anglican Communion.
Though our contexts vary in our different parts of the globe, the heart of our calling is to share the transforming love of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We celebrate that the Anglican Church in North America shares in that same mission and purpose. We and our Provinces will continue to share in Gospel work together, and pledge our continued partnership with the Anglican Church in North America to pursue the work of Christ.
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Chairman of the Anglican Global South; Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa; President Bishop of the Anglican Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Most Rev. Dr. Eliud Wabukala
Archbishop and Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh
Archbishop, Primate, and Metropolitan of All Nigeria, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and Vice-Chairman of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali
Archbishop and Primate of Uganda; Bishop of Kampala
The Most Rev. Dr. Onesphore Rwaje
Archbishop and Primate of Rwanda; Bishop of the Diocese of Kigali
The Most Rev. Stephen an Myint Oo
Archbishop of Myanmar; Global Trustee of e Anglican Relief and Development Fund
The Most Rev. Hector (Tito) Zavala
Archbishop of the Southern Cone and Bishop of Chile
One senior figure in the GAFCON/FCA movement described this statement to me as “historic”. Certainly it seems that a joint statement from the Global South and GAFCON movement is a further solidifying of the rump of the Anglican Communion seeing things quite differently from the Archbishop of Canterbury.