On many occasions I have suggeted that the Anglican Communion is a peculiar form of ecumenical community, one in which the partners are more closely aligned by bonds of affection and historical circumstance than is usual.
At this Lambeth Conference there are seventy-five ecumenical participants. They are not observers but participants. That means that the actual number of participants is not 650 more or less, but more like 725 persons. It means that one in ten particpants is an ecumenical partner. That combined with the fact that many of the partner churches in the Anglican Communion are in partial communion, sharing common sacraments but not common ministry (a matter of the ordination of women as either priests or bishops) yiealds a community in which ecumenical nicities are of utmost importance. Read about the ecumenical presence at Lambeth HERE.
Great picture, yes?
(from Anglican Communion News Service).