Kendall Harmon’s blog Titus 1:9 has posted the text of an article that appeared in the Church Times today:
“The 2007 Primates Meeting will devote four hours to a discussion of the Episcopal Church and its response to the Windsor Report, the proposed agenda emailed to the Primates states.
The agenda for the meeting, seen by many as a the final shoot out between the Communion’s disparate factions, schedules 16 official sessions broken down into four Bible Studies; three sessions devoted to the Episcopal Church’s response to the Windsor Report; three administrative meetings, and six single issue sessions spread over four days at a seaside hotel near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Whether the Primates will follow the London-crafted programme is unknown. The agenda for the 2005 meeting in Northern Ireland took on a life of its own, and the leaders of the Global South coalition of Primates anticipate a similar metamorphosis this year.
US Presiding Bishop Katharine Schori will be granted two of the three sessions devoted to the Episcopal Church to respond to criticisms it had not honoured the recommendations of the Windsor Report.”
Various people are trying at the moment to unpack this report. At first glance it seems to me to keep the balance about right. The biggest issues facing the Communion are the needless deaths of millions of people in Africa and the developing world from preventable diseases like malaria and AIDS. I’ve not seen the full agenda for the meeting, but I’d hope that the leaders of the Communion would spend the majority of their time on matters of life and death rather than allowing their work to be totally consumed by what is by so many people’s account a smallish province of the Anglican Communion’s struggle with the question of inclusion and exclusion.
As so many have said, would that we could harness the passion, energy and creativity to speaking out for the poor and impoverished in the world that we’ve put into protecting the rights of a theological minority in the American Church (albeit a theological majority in the larger Communion.)
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