Thinking Anglicans

Lambeth: Sunday documents

Rowan Williams gave a Presidential Address. For an html copy of the full text it is necessary to go to ENS who have kindly reformatted it here.

The official press release about it is here.

ACNS has however the full text of the Sermon given by the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Colombo at the opening service in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Order of Service is available as a PDF here.


  • Hugh of Lincoln says:

    BBC News showed the pomp and pageantry of the Commonwealth at Prayer inside the cathedral, contrasting starkly with a sole bishop attending a makeshift alternative outside.

    The inclusive message of the sermon inside ought to be followed through with a last-minute invitation. The Archbishop of York is good at symbolic gestures. That’s what his crozier is for…

  • JCF says:

    Rowan Cantuar: “We cannot ignore the fact that what is seen to be a new doctrine and policy about same-sex relations, one that is not the same as that of the vast majority at the last Lambeth Conference, is causing pain and perplexity.”

    No, but you seem to be ignoring the fact that that “new doctrine and policy about same-sex relations” came about because SOME in the AC refused to ignore the “pain and perplexity” of their LGBT members! (including Wm. Stringfellow, whom Rowan quoted further down, w/o acknowledging the inconvenient truth about the sexuality of theologian he was citing)

    Lord have mercy!

  • JCF says:

    To the sermon by the Right Reverend Duleep de Chickera, the Bishop of Colombo: AMEN! 🙂

  • Oriscus says:

    The closing hymn was “O for a thousand tongues” – to LYNGHAM! This is a very good sign.

  • Oriscus says:

    Will there be video available?

  • Cheryl Va. says:

    What a wimp, a man without balls. The greatest priority is whether or not men are in conversation with each other?

    No, the greatest priority is whether or not humanity exists as a sentient species at this level of manifestation, with the resources to support this and future generations.

    There are those who pray for the global mass slayer and suffering of their enemies. They have forgotten that God is merciful and even the extinction of a species would happen in “an instant”, not some long drawn out suffering with selfish priests throwing accusations at every house but their own.

    Isaiah 29:5-8 “But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night— as when a hungry man dreams that he is eating, but he awakens, and his hunger remains; as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he awakens faint, with his thirst unquenched. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.”

    Revelation 3:8-9 “…I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”

  • Here is a wonderful paragraph:

    “Second, connected with this, decisions are most effective when they are really ‘owned’ by the greatest possible number of people involved; when they reflect a discussion in which everyone is confident that they haven’t been manipulated, bullied or ignored. Even if the decision doesn’t come out exactly where they wanted, they can still be confident that they haven’t been sidelined or silenced. So what would it take to have an outcome from an event like this that the overwhelming majority felt they had shaped for themselves?”

    A Church in which people do not feel they have been bullied or ignored… Is this too good to be true?

  • drdanfee says:

    Wow an affirmation of big tent church life and the holiness of social justice from Colombo – surely we have hope together. Thanks Bishop DdC.

    Yes I think Canterbury wants to do right by all, or at least by as many as possible, including the queer folks and the conservative believers who so fear and dislike having to rub shoulders with the queer folks in daily life, let alone having to cope and work through the competencies those queer folks show in daily life.

    Giving the queer folks their ethical, social, and theological due is still quite difficult because acknowledging queer competence and contributions (see Stringfellow, VGR, Jeffrey John, and a whole gaggle of others?) is directly contradicted by the stark opposites on the conservative believer side – unquestioned exclusive straight privileges and powers, and a strong negative tradition which supports saying awful things about queer folks and – let us be frank – delights in mistreating them (sometimes subtly, sometimes grossly, sometimes with obvious Akinolian-Orombian-Gomez-Venebles-Sugden-StandFirm gusto?) whenever they do not conform to the negatives preached. Conservative believers need, positively need, for queer folks to be unethical, incompetent in daily life, and lacking – so that straight believers who are conservative can continue to preach how superior, gifted, called, blessed, and above all conformed and armed with weaponized doctrines God has made them in a life of exclusively conservative, conformed heterosexual transformations.

    In this light, the big tent is a calling of suffering, servanthood, and prophetic witness – a cross for all of us to bear, imperfectly. Trusting God’s grace in Jesus of Nazareth. In that regard, not much has changed in our Anglican paradigm – we must keep on keeping on.

  • john says:

    Dear ‘Spirit’,

    I would just like to register that your continual comments are a great source of sustenance.

    I am by birth a ‘black Protestant’,

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