The session—which was video taped—touched on several topics: Can Anglican parishes leave the diocese (the Bishop said they can’t); what will be different for people who leave the Anglican Church of Canada; are current disputes draining the diocese’s energy; and what does the Bible say about current disputes.
The Bishop stressed that Anglicans belong to a diocesan Church. Dioceses establish parishes—and not the other way round. There is no legal precedent which would allow members of a congregation who choose to leave the diocese and the Anglican Church of Canada to take parish lands, building, or other assets with them.
In November, the
A group of parishes forming the “Anglican Network in
Bishop Ingham told the group that met at Christ Church Cathedral, where the taping took place, that there is sincere disagreement as to what the few passages in the Bible say about such things as homosexuality.
He said the diocese will continue to reach out to those who disagree with the decision of the Diocesan Synod—and now Synods in three other Canadian dioceses (Niagara,
In his talk with the group, Bishop Ingham insisted that the disputes, though prominent in secular media, have not diverted the Anglicans in the Diocese of New Westminster from continuing their Christian mission of community outreach and care of parishioners.
|Can a parish leave a diocese?|
|What would be different for people who leave?|
|What about diocesan outreach?|
|What about the Bible and the blessing?