The careful choregraphy of Lambeth, set out for the Anglican Communion's 600 plus bishops in attendance, is not going according to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' original plan. One of the first to step out of line and off script is Daniel Deng Bul, the newly elected archbishop of Sudan. From Juba, the capital of the south Sudan, Bul and his fellow Christians have known brutal conflict for decades. While the violence is declining in the South, the Darfur region in western Sudan, of course, is where genocide is a daily reality.
Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul
The growth and spread of the Episcopal Church of Sudan is miracle to behold in light of the national bloody conflict. Sudan's bishops decided to attend Lambeth, unlike their conservative colleagues in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, among others.
Yesterday, the Sudanese bishops issued the following joint statement:
In view of the present tensions and divisions within the Anglican Communion, and out of deep concern for the unity of the Church, we consider it important to express clearly the position of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) concerning human sexuality.We believe that God created humankind in his own image; male and female he created them for the continuation ...1