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Dioceses of Southern Ohio and Liberia appear to be having difficulty Living into the Tension

12 November 2010

H/T An Anonymous Oyster

There has been much abuzz about the pending relationship between the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia. Unfortunately, it appears as though this relationship is being mothballed for the time-being.

What happened? Well, let’s see.

First of all, the diocese of Liberia is in the Province of West Africa.

And the Province of West Africa is part of CAPA.

Neither of those two things are very interesting in and of themselves.

But wait – what’s this? – CAPA recently released this communique, as reported by Babyblue:

And here is an interesting quotation from that CAPA communique:

A. In order to keep the ethos and tradition of the Anglican Communion in a credible way, it is obligatory of all Provinces to observe the agreed decisions and recommendations of the Windsor Report and the various communiqués of the past three Primates Meetings, especially Dar es Salaam in 2007. We as Primates of CAPA and the Global South are committed to honor such recommendations. 

Dar es Salaam – ah yes, that’s the communique that threatened sanctions against the Episcopal Church if it didn’t shape up (Gee, I thought that the Archbishop of Canterbury came back later and claimed that the Dar didn’t have any teeth? I guess he was mistaken that we live in a universe with no consequences).

And it gets even more interesting.  From the DSO website: 

R2010-03: Establishing a companion relationship with the Episcopal Church of Liberia

Bishop Breidenthal alerted delegates that the sponsors of this resolution will introduce an amendment delaying the start of a companion relationship for a year. This is necessary to allow the time to accomplish two things:

• for the bishops of Liberia and Southern Ohio to build the basis of mutual trust to allow the two dioceses to go forward even if their theology of human sexuality differs.

• to give this diocese the time to identify and appoint an appropriate delegation to visit Liberia in response to the visit of the Liberian delegation to Southern Ohio in September.

Delegates asked several questions about previous companion relationships that Southern Ohio has had with other dioceses including Nigeria, Windward Islands and New Zealand. Jon Boss explained that most such companionships are meant to be time-limited even though collaborative projects may continue for many years longer. 

So, let’s recap:

DSO is seeking a closer relationship with the Diocese of Liberia.

The Diocese of Liberia is part of the Anglican Province of West Africa.

The Anglican Province of West Africa recently reiterated its support of the Dar Es Salaam Communique; the most severest denunciation of TEC by an overwhelming portion of Anglican Communion, to date.

B..but the Diocese of Liberia is part of the Anglican Province of West Africa.

Uh.. and DSO (a compromised TEC diocese) is seeking a closer relationship with the Diocese of Liberia.

And uh, now uh, um, the DSO/EDL relationship appears to be on hold, per Bishop Breidenthal.

Unfortunately, all of this appears to be happening, despite Presiding Bishop Katherine’s recent visit to Liberia

Ouch. 

– Elder

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  1. Sarah
    12 November 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Hey Elder Oyster — have you considered writing a personal letter to the bishop of Liberia explaining the theology of the bishop of Southern Ohio and the events in that diocese over the past several years. It would probably be a good idea for the bishop to hear from someone who has been so long in that diocese.

    Great post, by the way — this is the kind of on-the-ground detail that we need in every diocese.

  2. Elder Oyster
    12 November 2010 at 11:11 PM

    That’s a great idea, Sarah. I may just do that.

    RE – “Great post, by the way — this is the kind of on-the-ground detail that we need in every diocese.”

    Please let me know if there is another person out there like me. I would be willing to help them get off the ground. DSO is getting more burnt-out by the minute. I expect that sooner or later, my job here will be done.

  3. Pearls Before Swine
    12 November 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Thanks for what appears to be good news Elder! I pray Liberia terminates the relationship with DSO, so DSO can’t try to spread the “deadly TEC disease” (DTD) to W. Africa.

  4. Elder Oyster
    12 November 2010 at 11:14 PM

    and by the way – I had lots of help on this. Thanks, AO ! 🙂

  5. 13 November 2010 at 9:37 PM

    It would appear that there is more here than meets the eye. Liberia should be warned of the dangers of falling for the old ploy of “going forward” despite what is (apparantly unrecognized by DSO) an enormous theological divide.

  6. 18 November 2010 at 11:10 PM

    One can only hope that this “relationship” goes no where. Sorry but unless Liberia plans on sending missionaries to southern Ohio to truly get that diocese back to what it should be, I don’t see much good coming from this relationship. What is the point, anyway??

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