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Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America
 
Eighth Synod of the Southern Cone Meets in Bolivia
The Rt. Rev. Frank Lyons
 
CONO SUR 041111-1
November 11, 2004

[Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America - Southern Cone] Primate Gregory Venables has been reelected to lead and represent the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone for a further period. In addition, he was given unanimous and unqualified support for those responsibilities and consultations related to the Anglican Communion crisis and to ensure that “dioceses, bishops, churches and individuals who remain faithful to the life and testimony” of the Communion receive pastoral care.

Hector “Tito” Zavala continues as the vice chair. The Southern Cone of the Americas includes the seven dioceses of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Northern Argentina, and Uruguay. The Province was formed in 1983.

Meeting in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, during the first week of November, delegates welcomed a report from the Reverend Canon Dr. Bill Atwood, general secretary of Ekklesia, an Anglican organization representing a variety of Primates throughout the entire Global South. He was returning from the CAPA meeting of African Bishops in Lagos.

Synod reaction to the Windsor report was guardedly positive as it “provides valuable tools for the church to deal with the rebellious and unilateral actions” of American and Canadian churches. But it fails to direct these churches to the repentance necessary to restore broken communion, as required by the bishop’s pastoral letter earlier in the year. The Synod also requested that the Primates meeting establish structures and limits by which the Communion can assure its future.