Thinking Anglicans

Windsor bishops, ACI latest

Updated Tuesday evening
On the one hand, the Anglican Communion Institute Inc. has a new URL and a new website: http://anglicancommunioninstitute.com. It also has a new Treasurer and explains that “The Anglican Communion Institute is pursuing incorporation in the state of Texas”.

The most recent pronouncement from this group is A Visit From the Archbishop (dated 25 April). It is signed by Christopher Seitz, Philip Turner and Ephraim Radner.

Their previous article was Questions We Avoid At Our Peril.

On the other hand, the Living Church reports that seven bishops have issued a statement: Windsor Bishops Write Archbishop Williams, Set Meeting Dates.

See here for earlier articles on how many “Windsor bishops” there might be in total.

Update
Oh, I almost forgot: there was this article about the Anglican Communion Institute that I intended to link to once it became available to the public, and that happened last Friday: This is Andrew Brown’s press column in the Church Times dated 20 April 2007: What it takes to be an institute.
(Note: yes AB knows now (because I told him last week) that SDB is not yet a member of the clergy, so please save your comments on that.)
The Poor Man Institute site is here.

Tuesday evening
Jim Naughton has added his extended commentary on these matters, at 7 + ? =, including this:

…The steering committee’s cause has also been damaged by one of its own members. News of what transpires inside the Primates Meeting filters slowly through the Anglican system, so descriptions of Bishop Bruce MacPherson’s pointed personal attack on Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the meeting in Tanzania is just beginning to achieve wide circulation. Observers say that MacPherson, who had been invited to the meeting to speak on behalf of the bishops who had endorsed the Camp Allen principles, characterized Bishop Jefferts Schori as the embodiment of everything that was wrong with the Episcopal Church. The comments, observers said, went well beyond the issues under consideration at the meeting and included a general condemnation of her beliefs and her ministry. MacPherson’s remarks made those of Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, who spoke on behalf of the Anglican Communion Network, seem mild by comparison, observers said.

MacPherson, who is bishop of Western Louisiana, is entitled to his opinion of the Presiding Bishop; his fellow bishops are entitled to their opinion of him. After his performance in Tanzania, he may no longer be able to lead the coalition of moderate and conservative bishops that the Archbishop of Canterbury, the ACI, and Bishops N. T. Wright and Michael Scott-Joynt of the Church of England, were attempting to will into existence before the meeting in Dar es Salaam.

The success of the Primates’ communiqué hinges on the existence of such a coalition. If it doesn’t exist, the fiction that a large minority of Episcopalians is crying out for the Communion to intervene in their Church’s affairs cannot be sustained. And what was once a clever plan to undercut the authority of the Episcopal Church’s elected leadership, empower a counter-establishment, and preserve the notion that the Communion will return to health as soon as Americans give up on the gay issue, unravels.

The supporters of this plan — which include the Archbishop of Canterbury and, it would seem, at least several key members of the Anglican Communion Office — have invested much in it. For reasons best known to themselves, they have been willing to pretend that the theological opposition in the Episcopal Church is much greater than it is. But there is no Plan B, so they are unlikely to abandon their delusions — if they are deluded, and not knowingly distorting the truth — lightly…

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Joseph O'Leary
13 years ago

Which side speaks with most conviction and persuasive force? The House of Bishops seemed to me to outclass Tanzania on that front. There may be a certain fragility in their commitment to progress and openness as they see it, but the case of the other side, even when backed with the Communique, has become so tawdry and whiny — as well as so riddled with inconsistencies because of the selective nature of its vaunted Windsor compliance — that I cannot see liberal churches finding any good reason to knuckle under to it. Nor can I see the Primates carrying through… Read more »

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
13 years ago

“It is becoming obvious that the leadership of TEC means to move resolutely ahead with its mission of civil rights and inclusion, insisting that these are imperatives of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”

I have never understood how the German church could have sided against the Jews during WWII. I still don’t understand it, but I’m horrified that so many Christians don’t appear to have learned anything much since.

Can a Christianity that excludes civil rights ever be remotely credible?

NP
NP
13 years ago

Great to see the Windsor bishops being brave!
The future of the AC in the US will be based on these people and CANA joining together.

Russell S. Knight
Russell S. Knight
13 years ago

It is very important that someone obtain a full copy of this letter, rather than the condensed version of the Living Church article. Do the signees of the letter really refer to themselves as “the steering committee of the Windsor Bishops”? As has been pointed out elsewhere, a “steering committee” would indicate a full-time existence of the Windsor Bishops as a group, rather than just occasional meetings of those who wish to meet with Bishop Wimberly at Camp Allen. Thanks.

Derek the Ænglican
13 years ago

I think what’s most interesting about the Living Church article is the bishops whose names do *not* appear. No +Duncan…no +Iker…no +Beckwith…etc.

choirboyfromhell
choirboyfromhell
13 years ago

This isn’t the complete letter referred in TLC but +Howe has much of it in his current diocesan newsletter: http://www.cfdiocese.org/news/news07/accord0507.htm

For some reason the name “Copperhead” keeps entering into my mind.

George Conger
George Conger
13 years ago

Yes, this group is the steering committee for the Windsor Bishops coaliton. Here is the full text of the letter: The Most Reverend Rowan W. Williams Archbishop of Canterbury Lambeth Palace London SE1 7JU ENGLAND Your Grace: Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ! We are writing to you to indicate that despite the actions of the recent House of Bishops meeting, the Windsor Bishops continue to be strongly supportive of the Windsor Report and the process it recommends as we move forward in strengthening what it means to be a communion of Churches. We want to… Read more »

Laurence Roberts
Laurence Roberts
13 years ago

The Statement of the Canadian Bishops is not a patch on that of the TEC bishops .

What a disappointment. I hope the General Synod of Canada over-rules them.

Robert
Robert
13 years ago

The new ACI website solicits the general public to make “donations” to the “ACI, Inc.” No mention is made whether “ACI, Inc.” has in fact been formed, whether it is a for-profit or non-profit entity, and whether or not donations will be tax deductible to the donor. Conspicuously absent is any reference to whether or not this new entity has applied to the IRS for recognition of any tax exempt status. As for the uses of the funds, the website says that the donations will be used for “travel and other costs.” That certainly covers a lot of ground.

drdanfee
drdanfee
13 years ago

All we keep getting from Radner, Seitz, and Turner is the same old conservative presuppositional stuff – whereby we are required to read Lambeth and the Primates Meeting and the like as juridical rulings. With them standing in the only special conservative knowledge/truth there is. Alas. Lord have mercy. As if the conservative realignment had already happened universally, As if the big tent of Anglicanism had already collapsed because for them it already has collapsed because they alone know what the exclusive Anglican truth just happens to be. Among the questions we can hardly avoid might be: Do these conservative… Read more »

lapinbizarre
lapinbizarre
13 years ago

The ACI webpage now has a direct PayPal link. Why, if they were not to some degree supported by Grace Church, is this being done at this time? I understood that the primates accompanying Williams would be members of the Standing Committee of Primates. If this is the case, it will by no means be a stacked deck – members of the committee are Mouneer Anis, the newly-installed primate of Jerusalem, Luke Orombi of Uganda, a hardliner, Phillip Aspinall of Australia, Berry Morgan of Wales, and Schori. So I’m curious to know what Andrew Brown is implying when he says… Read more »

ruidh
ruidh
13 years ago

“Why, if they were not to some degree supported by Grace Church, is this being done at this time?” Ummmm, because they have broken with Grace Church and are no longer being supported by them? “The new ACI website solicits the general public to make “donations” to the “ACI, Inc.” No mention is made whether “ACI, Inc.” has in fact been formed, whether it is a for-profit or non-profit entity, and whether or not donations will be tax deductible to the donor. Conspicuously absent is any reference to whether or not this new entity has applied to the IRS for… Read more »

Russell S. Knight
Russell S. Knight
13 years ago

Jim Naughton at Episcopal Cafe/Daily Episcopalian needs to come forward with a reliable source for his comments about Bishop Bruce MacPherson’s so-called “personal attack” on Jefferts Schori. Without verifiable facts, Naughton’s words are just rumors. If he has the facts, let him bring them forward. I am a communicant of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, and Mr. Naughton does not describe the Bruce MacPherson whom I know. (And, by the way, I’m a liberal, not a conservative like +MacPherson.)

EPfizH
EPfizH
13 years ago

My experience with 501C(3) status is at least a year down the road and some have waited for 2. The board of directors remains the same. This is the same group who provided supervision to Armstrong+. There is no Exec Director listed but a new treasurer. Armstrong+ stated that ACI went through 170,000 between 2003-2006 and the funds were used for travel expenses. It gives me great pause that the high board (still in place) nor Radner, Turner and Seitz never asked where the money was coming from, and never accepted any responsibility for its use (or misuse). And these… Read more »

ruidh
ruidh
13 years ago

Mr. Knight, please see http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/2505/

“Along with a growing number, we are troubled deeply by the continued intransigence of not only General Convention, but also the presiding bishop with respect to the requests of the Windsor Report, and statements that are contradictory to the basic tenets of our Christian faith. The latter being repeated often when speaking publicly about The Episcopal Church as it relates to Christology, and her personal positions.”

Curtis
Curtis
13 years ago

The Church Times report says that Grace Church is in Denver. But it isn’t. It’s south of Denver 50 miles in Colorado Springs. The town is a national center of the Neo Conservative religious agenda that came in with the Bush administration. It’s home to Focus on The Family, and discredited Ted Haggard’s church. I’m in Denver and their inluence is clearly more sound and fury than fact. Coincidentally, the Virginia separatists are a suburb of Washington DC where right wing Bush/Karl Rove operatives landed when they went with the Bush crowd to Washington. The political right is not separated… Read more »

Cheryl Clough
13 years ago

The Catholic News Service published an article today called “Pope says love, respect for life must lead to greater justice for all” Unfortunately, I can no longer hyperlink as they have tightened their copyright laws. One passage in it alludes to an unreasonable tendnecy to hoard spiritual goods such as knowledge. But, as they note, these actually increase as they are shared. What we are seeing is that the attempts to stifle and deny the theological developments in the US has deprived the world of spiritual interpretations that would have enabled us to respond sooner to the needs of the… Read more »

EPfizH
EPfizH
13 years ago

Speculation: Anglican Digest #25 reported that there was a “secret meeting in Dallas last week of the Network”. On Monday, the 30th, a statement was released from the “steering committee. And Dan Martin+ of San Joaquin stated on Sunday the 29th that an announcement was coming soon from a group of “five” This begs the questions: “What Network Bishops were in Dallas? And what happened? With the exception of +Howe, all of the “Steering Committee” members are Texans or share a common border with Texas. Is a “geographic” approach being taken by this group to a new province or district?… Read more »

David H.
13 years ago

Oh please…three AAC/ACN reactionaries (Stanton, Howe and Salmon), three who might as well be (MacPherson, Steenson and Lillibridge), and Wimberly. The “Windsor Bishops” my foot. This thing is, for all, practical purposes, a press release from the IRD/AAC/ACN.

Where are the signatures from the rest of the so-called “Windsor Bishops” ?

EPfizH
EPfizH
13 years ago

For David H., you have hit the nail on the head. Who are the “Windsor bishops?” +MacPherson said he spoke for “around 24” bishops in Tanzania. Who were the twenty-four for whom he spoke? Who created, appointed whatever the “Windsor Steering Committee” reportedly represented in this most recent letter? How amorphous is this group? +Akinola and the GS Steering Committee insisted In November that one person be named to speak for those bishops willing to come under their (authority? guidance?) This resulted in the document called: “Secret Westfields Response, with names of the bishop co-signers other than +Duncan edited out.… Read more »

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