And then there were bills

The Telegraph is today covering–as in writing about, not paying for–the shortfall faced by Lambeth organizers now that the £6 million price tag is coming due. The Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England is lending £600,000 of the £1 million that the Lambeth Company urgently needs to raise to cover expenses, including the three-week rental of the University of Kent campus as well as feeding and transporting hundreds of bishops and their spouses.

And while Katharine Jefferts Schori has said that she understands the Archbishop to be expecting the money to come from the Episcopal Church–indeed, expected him to tour the US with the appeal, Lambeth Palace has said no such arrangement has taken place.

The Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, said: “Yes we’ve been asked and the bishops of this church responded in ways that would provide bursaries for those unable to attend.

“I believe the Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed a desire to come to the United States and do some fundraising work, and we have certainly offered our assistance in that.”

Lambeth Palace denied that Dr Rowan Williams will travel to America to ask churches for money, despite the Presiding Bishop’s claims.

But the Church of England confirmed that it has had to bail out the Anglican Communion.

A spokesman said: “The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England met on August 7th to discuss an approach from the Lambeth Company for financial help.

“The Company has assured the Council that it is continuing to make further approaches throughout the Anglican Communion to meet the full cost of this year’s Conference.

“It cannot, however, be confident that these will generate funds sufficiently quickly for it to meet all of its obligations as they fall due over the coming weeks and months.

Canon Kenneth Kearon also has a response posted on the Anglican Communion site, here.

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  1. William Gilders

    I will be writing formally to the vestry of my parish and to my bishop to insist that not one penny of the money I offer to the Church is to be taken from the work of the Episcopal Church to pay for Lambeth. I will not pay for the conference from which Bishop Robinson was excluded.

  2. Nicholas Knisely

    The problem with that William is that it takes us all down a road that the conservative protestors have already traveled. Using our tithes as a weapon or withholding them in protest is to mistake who’s they are in the first place.

  3. tgflux

    Withhold? No.

    Earmark? Yes!

    I think it’s fine to direct our contributions, to express dissatisfaction w/ Rowan’s churlishness towards +Gene, w/o depriving those functions of the AC which really DO contribute to “the bonds of affection”.

    JC Fisher

  4. grace for all

    I gut reaction was not very nice. The ABC was rude to the Epicopal House of Bishops of his visit here. While communicating and meeting regularly with the bigots who have denounced TEC,he has refused to do the same with TEC bishops who aren’t conversative. It is just fresh to think that he might expect TEC to bale the conference out (who was budgeting for this anyway?) when he in his British way (which is ever so polite) blamed TEC for all the communions problems.

    That being said, what is a Christian response to this issue? TEC proably should help to clear this debt because it is not good for anyone in the communion to have the bills unpaid.

    Tim Lusk

  5. William Gilders


    I said nothing about witholding my tithes and offerings. I have no intention of failing to give to God what is God’s. But I will do what I can to keep God’s money from getting into the hands of ++Rowan and Co. The fact that “conservatives” have used church offerings as weapons is no reason to refrain from making conscientious decisions about how/where we make our offerings.

  6. Bryant A. Hudson

    Perhaps in future, the bishops should meet only once every 20 years.

    Saves on costs and allows them to get into less mischief.

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