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Note that the planned series of articles on Primates 2016 is currently abandoned as the moves to sideline The Episcopal Church largely failed.

This is the beginnings of an article about how bishops of the Anglican Communion have responded to the Primates 2016 meeting that recommended sanctions against the Episcopal Church in response to its General Convention defining marriage in a gender neutral manner. I am publishing it in this early draft form to give early access to the list of responses.

Comments are as usual open to all without needing to sign in and so you may suggest additions to the resources list. Comments involving personal attacks or that might otherwise make this website subject to legal action will be removed. I may add responses from leaders of other Christian groupings, but at present this list is limited to the Anglican Communion and so does not include responses from bishops in the Anglican Church of North America, including Archbishop Foley Beach who was a participant in Primates 2016.

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ACNS, "Archbishops Reflect on Primates Meeting." Anglican Communion News Service 18-Jan-2016.
Brazil: Francisco de Assis da Silva, "Message from Primate of Brazil about Primate`s Decision on the recent meeting in Canterbury"
Canada: Fred Hiltz, "An Initial Statement from the Primate concerning the Primates’ Meeting in Canterbury." Anglican Church of Canada 15-Jan-2016
England: Archbishop of Canterbury, "The Cost and the Joy of Unity: Reflections on the Primates Meeting in Canterbury."
England: Justin Welby Address to General Synod
New Zealand: Philip Richardson, "Walk? Or Stay? We Choose to Stay." Anglican Taonga 18-Jan-2016
Scotland: David Chillingworth, "Looking Back at the Primates Meeting" Thinking Aloud 23-Jan-2016 (includes link to download his Church Times article)
South Africa: Thabo Makgoba, "To the Laos - To the People of God: Tensions in the Communion?" Archbishop Thabo Makgoba 29-Jan-2016 

Auckland (NZ): Jim White, "ABC and all the rest." Making Tracts 18-Jan-2016
Dallas (USA): George Sumner, "Bishop Sumner's Statement on Primates Meeting." The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas 17-Jan-2016
Fort Worth (USA): Scott Meyer, "Bishop Scott Meyer on the Primates' Meeting."
Moray (Scotland): Mark Strange, "All Are One in Christ." United Diocese of Moray Ross and Caithness 18-Jan-2016
Olympia (USA): Greg Rickel, "The Holy Land and the Primates Meeting." 15-Jan-2016
Pittsburgh (USA): Dorsey McConnell, "A Reflection on the Anglican Primates' Meeting." 16-Jan-2016

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