Bishop Chillingworth warmed this American heart with his gracious words about the close relationship between the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church in the US. I was delighted to hear that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be a guest at General Synod of the SEC. Ever since I learned of the history of the SEC giving us in the US our first bishop, Samuel Seabury, I've been forever grateful, and I'm pleased that the warm and historic ties between the two churches continue.
Listening to Rob Warren's interview - pre-Synod - with Archbishop David Chillingworth, was inspiring and informative, and well-worth the hearing. Here we have a Primus (of the Scottish Episcopal Church) whose heart is in the good of the whole Communion of Anglican Churches; who actually wants to listen to, and to learn from, all sectors of the Church in order to try to accommodate the best of both change and tradition.
Abp. David, when questioned on his view of the proposed Anglican Covenant, said he thought that any attempt at Covenant ought to be assessed on its power to uphold the common life of partners; being an instrument of cohesion, rather than of division. He mentioned the close relationship which exists between TEC and the Scottish Episcopal Church, indicating that the 'Scottish psyche' might be an important consideration in any attitude towards the ratfication of a Covenant.
Th obvious humility of this doughty Irishman, now a Scottish Primus, came across in this interview; which might be more favourably compared with the truculence of some of the African Primates.
we gave up on Archbishops in Scotland after the shooting of Abp Sharp on Magus Muir. The Primus is a Most Rev but NOT an Archbishop.
Thanks, Fr. Dougal - a timely reminder. As a matter of fact, I remember Bishop David stating quite clearly that his role as Primus is different from that of an Archbishop or Presiding Bishop. He did explain that - at least in Scotland - though the Primus is a sort of 'primus inter pares' within his own Church; Bp. David thinks of himself as co-equal with his fellow bishops, a 'convenor of the College' but with no disciplinary role. Sounds pretty good in the present environment of 'Big Smacks' from ACO.
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