Day 2 of the House of Bishop’s Meeting

There’s a compilation post on the Lead blog over at Episcopal Cafe that reports on the events of today’s meeting of the House of Bishops in New Orleans:

“Today the House of Bishops heard from members of the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council.

The speakers in order of appearance were Presiding Bishop Mouneer Anis, Jerusalem and the Middle East, whose presentation was leaked to conservative bloggers and is available here, Chancellor Philippa Amable of West Africa, Bishop James Tengatenga of Central Africa and Archbishop Philip Aspinall of Australia.

Anis spoke first and his words were the most confrontational. The bishops we spoke with were depressed by his presentation because it contrasted so sharply with the flexibility expressed by other members of the delegation.

Ms. Amable, who attended the recent conference of African and Episcopal bishops convened by Trinity Church Wall Street in Spain, spoke, among others things, about the profound differences between American and west African cultures. She told the bishops that heterosexual monogamy was the ‘norm’ and that they had to realize that the majority of the Primates did not ‘resonate’ to the views of the Episcopal Church.

After Bishop Tengatenga’s presentation, Archbishop Aspinall spoke of the need for compromise and creativity in finding a way forward. His presentation struck one bishop as laying the groundwork for the sort of compromise resolutions that have been the subject of rumors since the meeting began.”

Read the rest: The Lead – Day 2

Author: Nicholas Knisely

Episcopal bishop, dad, astronomer, erstwhile dancer...