Well, we’re about to begin again…

In a few weeks Bishops from around the “Anglican Communion” will gather at Lambeth for a conference. The Lambeth Conference convenes once every ten years at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. I don’t know if this has happened in the past, but for this Lambeth Conference the Archibishop of Canterbury has chosen NOT to invite a few Bishops. One is Martin Minns who gave up his membership in TEC when he was ordained a Bishop by Peter Akinola. Another is Gene Robinson, TEC Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire.

Some think it most unfortunate that the Archbishop chose to do this, especially excluding Robinson. Others think it will enable a more comfortable, freer expression of faith and sharing without all the attention going in one direction. And of course some won’t even recognize Robinson as Bishop…which says nothing about what Minns has done by chosing to be consecrated by the Bishop of Nigeria and then using the US as his mission field for the Diocese of Nigeria….Sigh…

The conference is not a decision making process nor a governing entity, rather the gathering of Bishops is intended for study, fellowship, worship, and sharing. Bishops from the US, Africa, South America, Great Britian, and other areas of the world are coming, some 800 bishops plus spouses will gather for this conference.

There are a number of Bishops who have chosen to gather at an alternative conference called (Global Anglican Future Conference)Gafcon. Minns and Akinola will be there, not Lambeth. (I must say, just to be a bit snarky…was it poetic justice that Akinola was denied entrance to Jordan for the pre-Gafcon planning session, for which he was to be a key participant?). Gafcon is very disturbing, for a number of reasons, including the way it has snubbed the Bishop of Jerusalem, in whose diocese they are meeting (and against his wishes) and the high degree of its exlusivity….

Robinson will be in England, he just can’t go to Lambeth.

Lambeth begins the end of July and meets for two weeks.

So. Here we go again…I wonder how it will be…

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About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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10 Responses to Well, we’re about to begin again…

  1. PK says:

    Wonder how much real church work we could get done… feeding people… clothing people… giving them a cup of cold, clean water to drink… if we didn’t play worldly political games? I’m betting that Jesus would be a lot happier if we did his work… instead of working on power plays. I’m juss sayin….

  2. Julie says:

    So Robinson is being excluded because he’s gay? Are they really that worried that he’ll take the spotlight? Seems silly to me. I agree with pk…perhaps we should spend our time being the hands and feet of Jesus rather than playing politics.

  3. Barbara B. says:

    I agree, political games just suck. Really, what’s the point?!

  4. mompriest says:

    PK, many of us in TEC believe that and really choose to do that – focus on mission and being he hands and heart of Christ…alas some are stuck on “What the Bible says” and scriptural orthodoxy and Tradition….in the most unChristian ways…

  5. Diane says:

    …and it’s not supposed to be a political event.The latest Harpers has an article about Lambeth and the Anglican Communion by Garret Keizer.

  6. I would think having Robinson there would be important simply for people to see that he is just a man and not a monster. IMHO

  7. Katherine E. says:

    The whole thing is just so sad…and maddening.

  8. i have no comments on the politics church realm…just wanted to wish you a great week with daughter & Ryan! you’ll have fun for sure!

  9. hip2B says:

    Ditto Hot Cup! Have a wonderful visit!

  10. Jan says:

    Even though I’m an Episcopalian, I haven’t kept up with all the news. Thanks for filling me in. What a mess it continues to be.

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