On re-reading the GAFCON release concerning the revised standard schedule of events for the Global Anglican Future Conference I more closely examined the following: "An important Consultation in Jordan from 18-22 June will include the conference leadership, theological resource group, those bishops serving in majority Islamic settings and other key leaders. The Jerusalem pilgrimage will focus on worship, prayer, discussions and Bible Study, shaped by the context of the Holy Land."
The logo for the conference is "truth / unity". It is hard to see how GAFCON is providing either.
The announcement states that the consultation (which one supposes is the Conference as previously described) will include conference leadership (list here), the theological resource group (photo to left), bishops from majority Islamic settings and other key leaders. The focus then seems to be at least in large part on bishops dealing with Islam. So they will meet and no doubt will address a variety of issues concerning Christian Islamic relations.
Following this they will, with perhaps some others, go on pilgrimage to the Holy Land - that is to Israel and Palestine. It's a short trip and, as I pointed out earlier, all within the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Press Release suggested that "Participants will include bishops and their wives, key clergy and laity." My assumption is that this refers to participants in the Pilgrimage, the participants in the consultation having already been referenced.
So what we have is a conference on the Global Anglican Future that has become a Consultation of some sort related to Islam, followed by trooping over the river to Jerusalem where whatever news was generated from the consultation will be greeted with whatever responses might arise from within that complex and very volatile religious and political environment.
No wonder the Bishop of Jerusalem has been a bit hesitant about all this. When these folk go home to wherever the Bishop is still there and will have to take out the trash.
GAFCON grows as an embarrassment to Lambeth, to the Diocese of Jerusalem and its Bishop, to the Archbishop of Canterbury and to any sort of Anglican sense of mutual responsibility and interdependence in Christ. Perhaps it could be canceled due to design flaws and inept leadership. Or, if it continues to unfold as planned, for lack of interest.