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Top African Primates Hold crucial talks ahead
of CAPA meeting with the Global South Clergy
by Justus Waimiri
 
CAPA 040402-1
April 2, 2004

[CAPA - Southern Africa] Two leading African Archbishops met early this week to fellowship and deliberate on issues of common concern to the Church in Africa and the global Anglican Communion.

The Primate of Nigeria, the Most Revd. Peter J Akinola, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), and his Southern Africa counterpart, the Most Revd. Njongonkulu Ndungane, met in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 29th.

Sources close to the meeting told CAPA e-bulletin that the deliberations centred on seeking ways of strengthening relations within the Anglican Church in Africa. The two Primates also discussed human sexuality and agreed to work together to put into clear focus, the position of the Church in Africa on homosexuality.

They also agreed to share information more actively, on upcoming continental and global meetings, which include the Africa Anglican Bishops Conference, to be held in Nigeria in October this year, and the Lambeth Conference scheduled for Cape Town in 2008.

The meeting was arranged by the Liaison Bishop for Southern Africa to CAPA, Rt. Revd. Jo Seoka, and was attended by Rt. Revd. Peter Adebiyi, the Bishop of Lagos West. Bishop Seoka administered Holy Communion at the start of discussions.

The crucial consultations come just days before a meeting of all CAPA Primates, planned for April 14 to 16 in Nairobi. The 12 CAPA Primates and the Bishop of Egypt will discuss, among other issues, the sustainability of CAPA in the face of the realignment of the Anglican Communion, following the controversial consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson in the United States of America.

A letter from Archbishop Akinola to the Primates said in part: “We need to come to terms with what step to take to make CAPA not only self-reliant, but to guarantee its sustainability.”

Anglican Provinces in Africa will accordingly be expected to spell out their expectations of CAPA, which is the continental co-ordinating body for over 42 million Anglicans in Africa.

The CAPA Primates will be joined by other top clergymen from the Global South, on April 15. Among those expected to participate at the Global South meeting are Archbishop Young Ping Chung of South East Asia, Archbishop Drexel Gomez of West Indies, and Archbishop Greg Veneables of Southern Cone.

Others are Archbishop Simon Ayong, Archbishop John Malik, Archbishop Ignacio Soliba and Bishop John Chew of Singapore.