4/08/2014

Archbishop of Canterbury to speak at conference on Violence, and we can wonder what he might say.

The Archbishop of Canterbury's website posts the following, concerning the Archbishop's itinerary while in the US primarily to visit with the Presiding Bishop:

On Wednesday, the Archbishop and Mrs Welby fly to Oklahoma City where Archbishop Justin will meet with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori.

While in Oklahoma City, Archbishop Justin will participate in a conference organised by the Diocese of Oklahoma, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence.

The Archbishop will address the conference on Thursday, after which he will have lunch with Bishops of the Episcopal Church attending the conference. Archbishop Justin will also pay a brief visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

According to the conference schedule, the Archbishop will speak on Thursday to a plenary meeting at 9:00 AM and at 11:00 AM he and the Presiding Bishop will hold a "media" conference.

Given the Archbishop's confusing, rather odd and widely criticized comments on a talk show last week, his remarks will be of some considerable importance.  

His comments on the talk show related violence against Christians in parts of the developing world to a reaction against positions taken by Christians, concerning inclusion and same sex marriage, in England and the US. The ABC cautioned against taking positions that put Christians elsewhere in the world in danger.  He did not have much to say about the injustice of those whose violence lead immediately and directly to the death of innocent people.  

There has been massive criticism of his comments, and we can hope that he will further address the issue in his remarks or at the media conference. 
On Wednesday, the Archbishop and Mrs Welby fly to Oklahoma City where Archbishop Justin will meet with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori.
While in Oklahoma City, Archbishop Justin will participate in a conference organised by the Diocese of Oklahoma, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence.
The Archbishop will address the conference on Thursday, after which he will have lunch with Bishops of the Episcopal Church attending the conference. Archbishop Justin will also pay a brief visit to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
- See more at: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5290/archbishop-of-canterbury-visits-anglicans-in-canada-and-the-usa#sthash.ax8dGs5P.dpuf

7 comments:

  1. There is much to explain, or dig in deeper...he is in the right country and the right time...one wonders if ++Welbys radio remarks were meant to signal a warning (and blew up in his face). I think his thinking is dangerous to the food health of LGBTI people in African/beyond and our families, loved ones and friends...unwise, unworthy and just plain shallow/irresponsible. For me, the man should resign his leadership immediately...but, you know, he may not have gotten it, he may still think he is operating , and it certainly isn't good stewardship, from a position of extreme righteousness. Very disturbing, vamos a ver. LeonardoRicardo/Len in Guatemala

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  2. I won't count on an explanation.

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  3. Well said, my friend. I hope someone will help Welby to see that violence can result from all sorts of nonviolent sources. In particular, those who compare same-sex marriage to adultery, who speak of homosexuality as an illness to be cured, while deploring violence support the world-view that gives rise to it.

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  4. Considering that he hasn't seen fit to retract, restate, or explain anything about his earlier comments, I'm with Grandmere Mimi, Tobias, and Leonardo. I don't think he gets the meaning of what he said. And I don't think he truly understands the breadth and depth of the damage he has done to LGBT people primarily and to the Church at large. Hopefully ++K can help his perspective but then, she's a woman - can he cope with that?

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  5. Christina, my concern is that her gender is less an obstacle than that she is American. In my experience Brits have so much baggage with Americans that they often can't seem to understand what we are saying. Moreover, they tend to hear a lot from certain wings of the American spectrum (particularly conservative) so not only are there filters in place, but lots of noise!

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  6. The idea that +Welby is coming to a church with under 2M--smaller than the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod--to get input from +KJS is risible. He's got problems of his own, and doesn't need them compounded by input from a declining TEC. In five years this church will hover around 1M.

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  7. Why are we even allowing, let alone inviting, this "archbishop" to speak in the U. S.

    I'm sorry that others will bridle at what they see as arrogance, but we are his moral superiors. He has nothing to teach us.

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