The Listening Process

Reports from the Provinces - The Episcopal Church of the Sudan.

The Country of Sudan has just come out of war and the Episcopal Church of the Sudan has more acute issues to deal with than Human Sexuality. These include resettlement of the people into their original villages and towns, trauma healing and building trust among each other.

However, at the 2006 Provincial Synod the issue of Human Sexuality was discussed. Along with reregistering their strong opposition to the innovations in The Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada, they said:

“We reject homosexual practice as contrary to biblical teaching and can accept no place for it within ECS.  We believe that human sexuality is God’s gift to human beings which is rightly ordered only when expressed within the life-long commitment of marriage between one man and one woman.  We require all those in the ministry of the Church to live according to this standard and cannot accept church leaders whose practice is contrary to this.”

The conclusion of the same resolution of the Provincial Synod committed the  Episcopal Church of the Sudan to the process of mutual listening:

“Valuing our belonging to the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church and out of love for our brothers and sisters in these churches, we will continue to call for repentance while listening to all voices within the Anglican Communion”