on Tuesday, 1 July 2008 at 9.19 am by Peter Owen
categorised as Anglican Communion, Lambeth Conference 2008, Opinion
We recommend this essay by the Rt Revd Pierre Whalon, the Bishop in Charge of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe. He writes on ‘what lies past Lambeth 2008. And Lambeth 2018. And 2028…’
Peering Past Lambeth
This is interesting, but a bit foggy. Does anyone know where this fellow stands on things happening in the AC?
Wow thanks loads to Bishop Whalon. It is flexible yet rooted thinking like this essay which first called me to the possibilities of being Anglican in USA Bible Belt states. A big tent formulation which nevertheless recognizes the cornerstone truth of my particular spiritual life so far on this planet: I am a pilgrim. Following Jesus of Nazareth, and so emboldened to be pilgrim. The static and blocked nature of so much conservative Anglican narrative – whether evangelical or anglo-Catholic in its habits of mind and heart and spirit – simply leaves me untouched, unaddressed, as a thinking modern citizen… Read more »
I’ve often found Bishop Whalon hard to pin down. I suspect he is best described as a moderate – partly because refuses to tow any party line. But I consistently find him worth reading.
Anglicans Online has published quite a number of essays by Bishop Whalon. You can find links to all of them here.
One or two of these might help answer Steven’s question.
Bishop Whalon spends some time in the summer at Rehoboth Beach, DE. I heard him preach at All Saint’s Church. I think you could call him liberal especially since there were a good number of partnered gay and lesbian folks in the pews and the fact that this is an extremely welcoming parish for the large gay and lesbian communittee in the Delaware Beach area.
I heard him echo the PB’s statement that he sees Jesus as his vehicle to God and the kingdom.
Don’t know if that helps.
I think the underlying point in Bishop Whalon’s essay has to do with the question of how Anglicans see the church–and for him, that should be the first question they should resolve. But what struck me about his essay is his critique of a burgeoning anti-episcopacy or anti-ordained mentality in the name of a “baptismal ecclesiology.” I sometimes notice it here, and I think Bishop Whalon made a comment sometime ago that made the same criticism. It is really hard to pin him down, but you have to consider that the fact that, as a bishop, he is articulating theological… Read more »