Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ndungane in the News

"We face many gigantic issues. Conflicts in our own continent, extreme poverty, HIV and Aids, malaria. Those are big issues where we ought to be united to address those ... Issues of sexuality are not church-dividing issues. They are issues that need to be dealt with and not hidden under the table." -- Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane

Gays are God's children - Thu, 14 Sep 2006

[Capetown] Homosexuals are God's children, Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said on Thursday, ahead of a conference in Rwanda with the contentious issue of gays in the church on its agenda.

"We should try to find solutions of living with difference and otherness. Diversity is the creation by the Almighty... we need to embrace, all of us, in our differences and seek to walk together," Ndungane told reporters.

Tensions in the church have been growing since 2003, following a row over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the consecration of an openly gay bishop by the American Episcopal Church.

Ndungane, who leads the two dozen bishops in Church of the Province of Southern Africa, said same-sex legislation currently before Parliament should be upheld.

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