A three-day conference of 17 Global South Primates ended in Bangkok, Thailand recently with the primates declaring that “the centre of gravity in world Christianity has shifted to the Global South”.
In a 19-point communiqué after the conference with the theme; “Be transformed by the re-newing of the mind to obedience of faith for Holistic Mission in a radically changing global landscape”, the over 100 delegates noted that the Global South is now multi-cultural and missionary-sending, adding also, that “the Global South is now a global Antioch church”.
The Global South Primates roundly condemned the Episcopal Church of US for endorsing a lithurgy authorizing the blessing of same-sex union.
“This action confirms our disappointment that the Episcopal Church has no regard for the concerns and convictions of the vast majority of Anglicans worldwide”, the primates lamented.
They then extended appreciation and support to the Anglican Church in North America as well as the Anglican Church in Canada for remaining “true to our biblical and historical faith”.
It was also disclosed that the Global South Primates have written to the Crown Nominations Commission expressing principles to be considered in nominating candidates for appointment as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
The conference appointed a new Global South Primates Steering Committee (GSPSC) with Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis as chairman and Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh as Vice Chairman.
The Primate of Nigeria Emeritus, Most Rev Peter Akinola was appointed honorary member of the Global South Steering Committee.