1. The American Anglican Council (
It finally states what has become apparent: The
President Anderson in the November “Encompass” said this about the Windsor Report, “The Windsor Report is not an adequate measure of the commitment to Scriptural teaching and the historic faith because it contains contradictory assertions.” Instead
When the Windsor Report was first published the Network turned to it as a model and began to talk about parishes and dioceses signing on to a “Windsor Action Covenant.” I have heard nothing about that covenant in recent months, and going on the website for the Network the only place to find the covenant is in the “news” section where it’s announcement is back there a bit – April 2005)
It would appear that the Windsor Report has ceased to be of much interest to the
Their strategy is not to attempt such reversal, or at least it doesn’t appear so. Instead,
2. The Living Church reports on a letter from the Bishops in the
The Archbishop’s lecture at that meeting was quite fine, and many of his comments in a question and answer period were important markers in trying to understand his position on a variety of matters growing from current difficulties. But these are getting lost in the critiques that have followed.
He was criticized by a letter from the Global South primates (some of them at least) for not stating clearly that he was going to exclude ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada (or at least some of their bishops) unless there was a clear change in the directions of these Provinces. Now it appears that he is being criticized for not speaking more clearly in support of a Province itself excluded from the meeting in
I pray for the Archbishop regularly, but perhaps a redouble of such prayers are in order.
3. The latest addition of Anglican / Episcopal World came in the mail. It has a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury on almost every page. But with it, on almost every page, are pictures that tell us something more about the Anglican Communion than that it is more and more of the “Global South.” What the pictures tell is that it is richly varied and still somewhat predictably hierarchical. Lots of purple shirts, great copes, some miters, clerical collars, and some suits – still in this edition there were a number of men with no shirts, and women with strong minds. An odd collection of people, thank God: pictures of a world much larger than any of us might otherwise know. In the middle of it all, a picture of Hurricane Katrina taken far enough away to be beautiful.
And bundled with it was the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, whose purpose is to draw all of us to the one place where the Anglican Communion makes the best sense – in the place of prayers for the lives of all these people in all these places whose lives are filled with God’s grace. So, as usual, it's time to pray.