In a press conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that there "were a lot of expressions of disappointment " with Scotland's decision, but that Strange had been "careful in expressing his recognition that this was going to lead to consequences in terms of not being able to play a role in ecumenical or leadership roles in the Anglican Communion
The Design Group was ably assisted by staff from the Anglican Communion
office and Lambeth Palace (the office and residence of the archbishop of Canterbury in London) and was later augmented by two additional bishops, from England and Polynesia.
Both Adams and (particularly) Bates write about the agony of those in the Anglican Communion
, and especially its largely symbolic British leadership, who want to avoid a definitive rupture over sexual issues.
In a published statement the primates said "We believe the report correctly points out that the Episcopal Church USA and the [Canadian] Diocese of New Westminster have pushed the Anglican communion
to the breaking point."
In September, Anderson traveled to London to warn Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leader of the Anglican Communion
, that "the orthodox party of the Episcopal Church" could he lost to Anglicanism.
Speaking of his home province of Nigeria, a nation in which homosexuality is illegal, Idowu-Fearon noted that "the struggle for the legal, social, spiritual and physical safety of gay and lesbian members is an issue" that the Nigerian church has to face, given the Anglican Communion
's denunciation of homophobia at the 1998 Lambeth Conference and at multiple Primates' Meetings since then.
The Traditional Anglican Communion
describes itself as a worldwide association of orthodox Anglican churches, working to maintain the faith and resist the secularization of the church.
Despite Robinson's optimism, the 77 million-member Anglican Communion
, which includes the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church USA, is in considerable turmoil.
Two Canadian Anglicans will join the roster of Anglican Communion
representatives to two international ecumenical dialogues that are being revived after a long hiatus.
Episcopalians elected the bishop of Las Vegas, Katharine Jefferts Schori, as the church's top leader June 18, making her the first woman to lead a national church in the worldwide Anglican Communion
"Any decisions in the Anglican Communion
have to be reached at the end of the day by consensus." (The Anglican Communion
refers to the sister churches of the Church of England around the world, including the Episcopal Church in the United States.) "The archbishop of Canterbury is a titular figurehead," Kirker continues.
One minister forecast that some parishes would leave the Anglican communion
altogether, while another said they would leave only the synod, pending a ruling on the issue by the National House of Bishops.
You won't find much in the way of backpacking stories in Backpacking through the Anglican Communion
: A Search for Unity.
PITTSBURGH -- After a four-day meeting of 2,400 leaders the Anglican Communion
Network, formed by church members who objected to the ordination of a gay bishop, tension remains between some eager to depart from the U.S.-based church and others counseling patience.
My companion and I were sitting in an Amsterdam cafe recently when I picked up a newspaper and saw the headline: The bishops of the Anglican Communion
, at their every-ten-years Lambeth conclave in England, had voted 526-70 to declare homosexuality incompatible with Scripture.