Whereas The Episcopal Church continues to deepen divisions in Anglican Communion by the taking of unilateral action heedles of the exhortations of The Archbishop of Canterbury or the other instruments of Communion;
Be it resolved that the Diocese of Western Louisiana fully agrees with the Statement of the Primates’ Council of GAFCON on the alleged disposition of the Bishop of Pittsburgh last month by the House of Bishops:
“It is now impossible to believe that the exhortations of the Lambeth Conference and the Windsor Consultation Group will be heeded…We remain convinced that the faithful Anglicans of North America need to have their own Province recognized by the Communion as a whole.”
WHEREAS The Diocesan Convention of 2006 passed a resolution that the Diocese of Western Louisiana become a Windsor Compliant diocese, and
WHEREAS the Bishop of the Diocese remains an active supporter of the principles outlined in the Windsor Report of 2004 and of the work of the Windsor Continuation Group as presented to and accepted by the Lambeth Conference of 2008, and
WHEREAS the adoption of an Anglican covenant represents the next step in the Windsor Process and the Diocese of Western Louisiana supports as part of a covenant an opportunity for individual Windsor compliant dioceses to seek recognition as Covenant partners,
BE IT RESOLVED that the Diocese of Western Louisiana, meeting in convention this 11th day of October, 2008, fully reaffirms its commitment to the Windsor principles, included in principle, the adoption of an Anglican Covenant, in order to preserve and ensure our relationship wihin the Anglican Communion and with the historic See of Canterbury.
WHEREAS, the Bishop of Western Louisiana, D. Bruce MacPherson, has demonstrated leadership and initiative by helping to forge the Communion Partners as a relational fellowship to further the continuing Windsor process of preserving communion with the historic See of Canterbury, outlined as follows:
Communion Partners is intended to: provide for those concerned a visible link to the Anglican Communion. Many within our dioceses and congregations in other dioceses seek to be assured of their connection to the Anglican Communion. Traditionally, this has been understood in terms of bishop-to-bishop relationships. Communion Partners fleshes out this connection in a significant and symbolic way, provides fellowship, support, and a forum for mutual concerns between bishops. The Communion Partner bishops share many concerns about the Anglican Communion and its future and look to work together according to the principles outlined in the Windsor Report and seek a comprehensive Anglican Covenant at the Lambeth Conference and beyond. Scope: Communion Partners is a relational fellowship, is committed to honoring diocesan boundaries, will be governed by mutual respect, and will proceed by invitation and cooperation.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Diocese of Western Louisiana, meeting in convention this 11th day of October, 2008, affirms its full support for the Communion Partners initiative as outlined above.
Whereas both the Standing Committee and Diocesan Council of The Diocese of Western Louisiana unanimously passed a resolution rejected the deposition of Bishops Schofield and Cox,
And Whereas the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church has again not followed canon law in the deposition of Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,
Be it resolved that this 29th Convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana concurs with the resolutions passed by the Standing Committee and the Diocesan Council rejecting the depositions of Bishops Schofield and Cox and,
Be it further resolved that this 29th Convention of the Diocese of Western Louisiana rejects the unlawful deposition of Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh and calls upon all in authority in the Church to follow the Constitution and Canons in decision making.