Designing Lambeth Conference 2020

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This past week the Lambeth Conference Design Group has been meeting for the first time. Two things have been set. The 2020 Conference will be during July of 2020 in Canterbury England. The theme of the Conference will be “God’s Church for God’s world.”

Design team declares victory

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The Lambeth Conference Design Group, meeting one last time to review last summer’s gathering of Anglican bishops, was unanimous in its assessment that the 2008 conference was an overwhelming success, says the Rev. Ian Douglas, the group’s only U.S.-based Episcopal Church member.

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Archbishop Morgan looks back at Lambeth Conference

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The Archbishop of Wales yesterday warned any attempt to find a quick-fix solution to issues dividing the world’s 80 million Anglicans would “end in tears”. He told the Church in Wales’ Governing Body in Lampeter that sexuality should not be a “Communion-breaking” issue and that

Churches should not be required to sign-up to a new set of binding beliefs.

The Window looks in on Lambeth

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The Washington Window’s coverage of the Lambeth Conference is now online. The main story begins: “The bishops of the Lambeth Conference walked a novel route to a familiar destination.” While the sidebar commences: “The bishops at the Lambeth Conference didn’t talk exclusively or even primarily about sex. The rest of their conversations just didn’t receive as much attention.”

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thoughts on being a Church">“Household” and “mystery”:
thoughts on being a Church

What holds Anglicans together, I learned in confirmation class, is not set doctrine but common worship, though of course we are always in conversation about doctrine and tradition. That has been what I’ve understood about being Anglican, and that’s been my experience at worship. So some of what’s coming out of Lambeth about being “more like a church” seems so befuddling.

The turning point that wasn’t">The Lambeth Conference:
The turning point that wasn’t

This Lambeth Conference could have been a positive turning point for the Anglican Communion, but instead the powers that be chose to seek a middle way that is neither “the middle” nor “the way.” It will therefore be up to bishops from around the Communion who have continuing partner and companion relationships to work toward a more holistic view of the church.

Clear as mud

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At Lambeth’s final press conference, Rowan Williams attempted to offers some clarity on what he means by a moratorium on same sex blessings. A reading of the transcript suggests that in his view, the proposed moratorium on “same sex blessings” is on the authorization of rites for same sex blessings, not on the practice of providing such blessings. But not so fast…