4/03/2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury to visit with the Presiding BIshop of the Episopal Church

According to reports from the Anglican Church of Canada, the Archbishop of Canterbury will visit with the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on April.

The report, from the Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Journal pages reads

"He (The ABC) will leave early the following morning (April 9th) to meet in the United States with Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church."

The Archbishop of Canterbury has decided to meet with all the primates prior to a joint meeting of the Primates, apparently in order to clear the air a bit and perhaps  build a commitment by all the primates to play nice and actually come to the meeting.

The Office of Public Affairs  made this announcement last September:


The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
Monday, September 23, 2013
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced to the House of Bishops that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be visiting The Episcopal Church in April 2014 for personal visit with her.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has contacted me and we are planning a private discussion next April,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori told the House of Bishops currently conducting its fall meeting in Nashville, TN (Diocese of TN).
Archbishop Welby plans a personal visit to the Presiding Bishop in 2014 to provide an opportunity for informal conversation. This planned visit is part of his effort to visit all the Primates of the Anglican Communion during the first eighteen months of his ministry.

Current plans call for the Presiding Bishop and the Archbishop to meet in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). The visit is expected to correspond with the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence April 9 – 11, at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). http://www.episcopaloklahoma.org/ . The Archbishop has been invited to offer greetings at the beginning of the conference.
Additional scheduling details will be announced later."

So, it is now seven days  before the scheduled meeting. What are the details?

Well, it turns out that David Virtue has some of them:

" In keeping with his promise to visit all his fellow Archbishops around the Anglican Communion over the coming year, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will make his first official visit to the Episcopal Church in April as plenary speaker at a special Episcopal Church gathering, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence.

He will meet with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and a number of TEC bishops April 9-11 at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). The plenary speakers and plenary addresses, presentations, workshops and panel discussions will examine violence in all its forms in society, with a hard look at what can be done to alleviate the situation.

The conference will see a line-up of The Episcopal Church’s liberal glitterati. The media has been invited and while media credentials are required, no personal interview requests will be granted, presumably to avoid the asking of hard questions to the ABC or Jefferts Schori. This begs the question: Why bother spending money on plane fares and hotels if you can’t ask any one-on-one questions to the main players? Bullet dodging used to be an art form for the PB, but clearly neither she nor Welby wants any awkward questions from a bull-nosed reporter like yours truly."


Well, aside from the rants of David Virtue, the question still remains: what are the scheduling details of the Archbishop's visit to the US?

There is a media advisory concerning a press conference  by the PB and the ABC. I presume this is what set David off.

"Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will address members of the media on Thursday, April 10 at 11 am Central.
The media conference will take place in Oklahoma City, OK during the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). 
Media credentials are required. Contact Neva Rae Fox, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org .
No one-on-one or personal interview requests will be granted.
For more information, contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/episcopalian
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamepiscopalian
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EpiscopalChurchYT

But there is no itinerary, no agenda yet published (at least as far as I can find.)

So, who is the ABC visiting while in the US?  What is the itinerary in the US, re his visit with the Presiding Bishop?    
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will address members of the media on Thursday, April 10 at 11 am Central.
The media conference will take place in Oklahoma City, OK during the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). 
Media credentials are required. Contact Neva Rae Fox, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org .
No one-on-one or personal interview requests will be granted.
For more information, contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/episcopalian
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamepiscopalian
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EpiscopalChurchYT
- See more at: http://www.noodls.com/view/99519D3C6C0E4C08CC240B82DC37E80829ADFAD8?618xxx1395417943#sthash.U6wKvdbx.dpuf
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will address members of the media on Thursday, April 10 at 11 am Central.
The media conference will take place in Oklahoma City, OK during the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). 
Media credentials are required. Contact Neva Rae Fox, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org .
No one-on-one or personal interview requests will be granted.
For more information, contact Fox at publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/episcopalian
Twitter: www.twitter.com/iamepiscopalian
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EpiscopalChurchYT
- See more at: http://www.noodls.com/view/99519D3C6C0E4C08CC240B82DC37E80829ADFAD8?618xxx1395417943#sthash.U6wKvdbx.dpuf


He will leave early the following morning, to meet in the United States with Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church. - See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/archbishop-of-canterbury-awaited-in-canada#sthash.66JDqJYm.dpuf
No major public events are planned, in keeping with Welby’s request that the visit be a private one. His itinerary for April 8, the one full day of his stay, will include a morning visit to the Sisters of St. John the Divine Convent, a private luncheon in support of Canterbury Cathedral and an afternoon meeting with General Synod leaders at the national office, followed by a reception with staff. Welby will then go to the Cathedral Church of St. James in downtown Toronto for an ecumenical vespers service at 4:30 p.m. and a meeting with ecumenical leaders from Canadian churches.
In the evening, he will attend and speak at a reception and dinner with Canadian Anglicans involved with the work of the Anglican Communion at Cathedral House.
He will leave early the following morning, to meet in the United States with Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church.
- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/archbishop-of-canterbury-awaited-in-canada#sthash.tGGdF6Xt.dpuf
No major public events are planned, in keeping with Welby’s request that the visit be a private one. His itinerary for April 8, the one full day of his stay, will include a morning visit to the Sisters of St. John the Divine Convent, a private luncheon in support of Canterbury Cathedral and an afternoon meeting with General Synod leaders at the national office, followed by a reception with staff. Welby will then go to the Cathedral Church of St. James in downtown Toronto for an ecumenical vespers service at 4:30 p.m. and a meeting with ecumenical leaders from Canadian churches.
In the evening, he will attend and speak at a reception and dinner with Canadian Anglicans involved with the work of the Anglican Communion at Cathedral House.
He will leave early the following morning, to meet in the United States with Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church.
- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/archbishop-of-canterbury-awaited-in-canada#sthash.tGGdF6Xt.dpuf

8 comments:

  1. Because "to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence" is clearly only of concern to the "liberal glitterati" {sarcasm/Off}

    "clearly neither she nor Welby wants any awkward questions from a bull-nosed reporter like yours truly."

    [It's true that if David Virtue has a "bull-nose", he's much less likely to be bothered by his own bullsh*t.]

    Prayers for the meeting of the PB & ABC.

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  2. Perhaps his agenda for meeting with the Presiding Bishop is to meet with the Presiding Bishop like the other Primates. Perhaps I'm nieve, but ascribing agendas sounds more like David Virtue than Christian virtue.

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  3. Tom.... you are right... My note at the bottom was meant to be "what is his itinerary while in the US." Agenda is a fairly loaded term.. (sigh)

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  4. Mark: Sorry if that seemed snarky. Given the anxious environment around the church these days, I constantly find myself looking for the purpose behind things, often with a jaundiced eye. I would be interesting to know his itinerary.

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  5. Bob McCloskey4/4/14 7:16 PM

    Hi Mark -

    In the light of the just released astounding opinions of the ABC on the African homophobic scene, I suspect that I am not alone in awaiting some clarity and response from you - particularly as it applies to his forthcoming visit to the western churches whose actions allegedly provoke the killing of African Christians. As far as I am concerned, the ABC is toast and not worthy of further hearing nor consideration.

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  6. Gay marriage can't stand the test of Matthew 17. Jesus takes the entire world history of impure, self-centered, misunderstood, and damaging relationships and returns the listener to...the beginning: Genesis 2. Male, female, one flesh. General Convention will ignore this and charge ahead to normalize gay marriage as a sacrament. But Matthew 17 remains forever long after our Church has been relegated to the dust bin of history. I shudder to think of who will stand in the presence of Christ after having damaged his word, His people, and His Church in such a way as now seen in our beleagured Church.

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  7. Allen--I agree that Matthew 17 teaches us a lot about the view of 'history' Christ embraced. Not one continually offering 'new truth' nor one holding up a bright chapter in time, but one focused on God's creation intentions for all time. Ephesians 5 is also close by.

    No one ever read John in the way that late-modern, affluent westerns now endeavor to do. 'New truth' as time marches on. Acts 15 likewise appeals to those laws that embrace the gentiles and holds them up as permanently binding -- they come straight out of Leviticus 17-18 and the laws for the 'sojourner in your midst.'
    SCM

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  8. Alan

    You appear to be using scripture to justify your prejudices. The context of the passage you cite is not marriage but Jesus' response to the cavalier way men "put away" their wives. It is about selfishness, not a particular institution of msarriage.

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