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The Most Rev. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt, and the Rt. Rev. Grant LeMarquand, Assistant Bishop for the Horn of Africa, issued a statement Feb. 26 about the Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering:
It has come to our attention that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA) has recently issued a Lenten appeal asking the churches of TEC to remember the Good Friday offering for Jerusalem and the Middle East. In this appeal he said “this tradition [the Good Friday Offering] is decades old and is an important statement of our solidarity with the members of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.”
[We] would like to clarify the fact that the Diocese of Egypt with North of Africa and the Horn of Africa, one of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, does not receive funds or grants from the Good Friday offering of the Episcopal Church (TEC) in the USA. The decision not to receive these funds came after the 2003 decision by TEC to consecrate as bishop a divorced man living in a homosexual relationship. The decision not to receive money from TEC is one expression of the reality that the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa was (and still is) in an impaired relationship with the Episcopal Church.
One of our clergy in Ethiopia states our situation in graphic terms: “We [would] rather starve and not receive money from churches whose actions contradict the scriptures.”