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.”
Last year’s Lambeth Conference had some problems, at least financially speaking. A just completed audit of the funds raised and…
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.
Following the discussions on the proposed Anglican Covenant in Lambeth this summer, the Covenant Design group has met in Singapore and released a compilation of the concerns raised by the bishops this summer. In addition they have outlined the next steps that they suggest be taken in the process and included a questionnaire.
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 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.”
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 overwhelming sense was of relationships made and strengthened, a firm commitment to remain in relationship despite the challenges and a yearning for greater exchange between the widely separated parts of the communion. We did not resolve anything, but we did discover how much we have to learn.
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.
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…