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Lambeth Conference starts today

The official Lambeth Conference site is here and the official press release is here.
Lambeth Palace published this History.

It’s interesting that only 2 of the 38 provinces now have no bishops registered to attend.

Several sites have published primers about the conference:
The Guardian has this Q&A, the main players, and the absentees.
The BBC has What is the Lambeth Conference?
The Times had this history article.

Many bloggers will be there.
Dave Walker of the Church Times blog explains what he will be doing in this post.
Episcopal Café has a list of Blogging bishops and other Lambeth resources.
Fulcrum has two blogging bishops.
The Conference takes place within the parish of St Stephen’s, and the parish priest has noticed this.

The first press conference will not occur until next Sunday.

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Emeka
Emeka
12 years ago

Nigeria: Anglican Church to bishops: attend London conference at your own risk
see: http://www.thenationonlineng.com/dynamicpage.asp?id=55961

Graham Kings
12 years ago

The subtitle of The History of the Lambeth Conference, http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/1889 has ‘1876- present’ instead of ‘1867 – present’. The text, however, is correct. Is it worth noting the following difference concerning the 1998 conference? ‘The Church of England Year Book 2008’, in the general section ‘The Anglican Communion’ has a summary of the 1998 Lambeth Conference: ‘The loose attempts at discussion relating to homosexuality showed clearly that the Communion is not of one mind on this issue.’ p. 336 The History of the Lambeth Conference page on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s site, has the summary as: ‘It also included a… Read more »

dodgey_vicar
dodgey_vicar
12 years ago

outstandingly funny – you must read the blog by the vicar of the parish

‘boundary crossing / transgression’ hahahahaha

JCF
JCF
12 years ago

“‘The Church of England Year Book 2008’, in the general section ‘The Anglican Communion’ has a summary of the 1998 Lambeth Conference: ‘The loose attempts at discussion relating to homosexuality showed clearly that the Communion is not of one mind on this issue.’ p. 336”

Nailed it in one! Thanks, Graham.

Graham Kings
12 years ago

Thanks, JCF. However, the new ‘History of the Lambeth Conference’ page is, it seems to me, more accurate than description in the C of E Handbook 2008.

It is also in line with the Archbishop’s Advent Letter of 2007, paragraph 3:

…the 1998 Resolution is the only point of reference clearly agreed by the overwhelming majority of the Communion. This is the point where our common reading of Scripture stands, along with the common reading of the majority within the Christian churches worldwide and through the centuries.

http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acns/news.cfm/2007/12/14/ACNS4354

Hugh of Lincoln
Hugh of Lincoln
12 years ago

“the Communion is not of one mind on this issue” or “can be regarded as the general mind of the Communion”?

The latter conveys the sense that the resolution is a settled matter, as in, say, the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral, and claims a wider consensus than reality would suggest.

It’s worth remembering that 146 bishops, including 42 English bishops, were minded to write an apology to gay Christians for “any sense of rejection”. The resolution obviously played on the consciences of many bishops, including Rowan Williams, who abstained from the vote.

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