"An attempt to eject Anglicans from the US and Canada from all meetings of the Anglican Communion for the next three years was narrowly defeated on Wednesday". "The ACC [Anglican Consultative Council] delegates went into a closed session on Wednesday afternoon, which stretched an hour over time. Eventually it emerged that they had held a secret ballot about the clause. It was rejected by 30 votes to 28, with four abstentions". "The original resolution had been proposed by Stanley Isaacs (South East Asia), and supported by representatives from several other African provinces, among them the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria. The only English supporter was Elizabeth Paver". "The other significant vote on Wednesday was to change the ACC constitution to include the 37 Primates as ex-officio members. The move will increasing the member from 70 to 115, and tip the balance heavily towards ordained members".
A personal reflection by the Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island, one of the first eleven women bishops present at the 1998 Lambeth Conference. "How we define our common identity while acknowledging inherent differences and dispositions is, I believe, the most significant challenge to our Communion as we enter the new millennium" (p. 276). Speaking specifically about the debate and vote on the homosexuality resolution Bishop Wolf states "I abstained from the vote, for it neglected one important ingredient which I feel is at the heart of all Christian decision making reflective conversation. Because we
Seen by many as a reformer when he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002, Rowan Williams has had to make hard choices between liberalism and authority in striving to hold together the Anglican Communion.
"Editor: Richard Holloway, Bishop of Edinburgh". -- cover.
Includes bibliography ( p. 96-97) and index..
"This book considers the three main tendencies of Anglicanism (Evangelism, Catholicism and the Middle Way). After looking at doctrine, priesthood, episcopacy, establishment, politics, internationalism, ecumenism and comprehensiveness, it predicts that all three tendencies will survive and may be joined by others. The conclusions and pointers will often be found controversial. But the author believes that `Anglicanism will remain a loose international conglomerate of Christians believing many different things. Its unity will be constantly strained: its members will be constantly tempted to disunity, but not above what most of them are able to bear. Anglicanism has the experience of containing differences, the tolerance of theological adventurousness, the confidence and prestige born of long existence, to carry this off. And truth, that elusive commodity made up of as many parts as matter itself, will be served as a result'." -- Back cover.
Contents: Series Foreword by The Archbishop of Canterbury dated Lambeth Palace, September 1986 / Robert Cantuar i.e. Runcie -- Diversity -- Doctrine -- Antiquity -- Priesthood -- Episcopacy -- Establishment -- Politics -- Internationalism -- Ecumenism -- Comprehensiveness -- Bibliography -- Index.
"The following is the first of two lectures Archbishop Eames delivered last summer  at the Virginia Theological Seminary's convocation. It is published here with permission".
"It is debatable if the Anglican Communion has faced a more searching period, more public scrutiny and more transparent heart-searching than in the past two years". "Has the Anglican obsession with sexuality been merely the tip of an iceberg hiding other deeper issues, which will ultimately dictate the future of the Anglican Communion ?" "With few exceptions the Anglican north and west began to recognize the extent of internal diversity which had existed long before the name of Gene Robinson became known internationally". Archbishop Eames goes on to discuss what are commonly known as "the bonds of affection" and the pressures on them including the legacy of colonialism; the development of autonomous provinces and the fact of inculturation in different societies; the Anglican avoidance of a central authority akin to the central curia of Rome; and tensions not just between provinces but also within provinces, dioceses and even parishes. "Such questioning brings me to another and perhaps more controversial issue. Is the real question about authority rather than sexuality ? Not just authority in terms of the authority of interpretation of Holy Scripture, but authority to be in communion among diverse and autonomous Provinces ...". The author's involvement in the Lambeth Commission demonstrated evidence that "cultural development across our Communion had become an equal if not a dominant ingredient within the bonds of affection. In saying that I need to be aware that conservative Anglicanism resents any argument that places cultural difference above questions of theological principle. .... Am I alone in thinking that at the root of those clashes [between conservative a liberal argument], irrespective of our personal allegiances or preferences, lies the failure of succeeding generations of Anglicans to accept that there are parameters to divergence in scriptural interpretation, there are boundaries to ecclesiological autonomy and there are limitations to what a world family of vague technical relationships can endure and still remain a cohesive entity." He considers the possible dilemmas "associated with what could be called `the practical working of communion'" and especially the potential effects on Anglican organizations that span provinces e.g. the Missionary Societies and the Mothers Union. "The impressions of the Anglican Communion I gained in the preparation of the Windsor Report are dominated by one word -- pain". He offers, from his personal experience, one possible solution for the Commission -- the concept of reconciliation, which he defines and outlines as a process. "Is it just possible that future generations will look at this [current] time not just as a negative era for Anglicanism but rather as an inevitable sign of growth, a sign of maturity even in the history of a most diverse world Christian family ?" "I have tried to point out some of the consequences of an international Church body in which aspiration to bonds is more visible than application to their realities. As far back as 1920 the Lambeth Conference concluded: `The Churches represented in (the Communion) are indeed independent, but independent with the Christian freedom which recognises the restraints of truth and love. They are not free to deny the truth. They are not free to ignore the fellowship'. The Windsor Report took this question and commented: `This means that any development needs to be explored for its resonance with the truth, and with the utmost charity on the part of all -- charity that grants that a new thing can be offered humbly and with integrity, and charity that might refrain from an action which might harm a sister or brother'."
Writing in the "Church of England Newspaper", Maurice Sinclair, Primate of the Southern Cone, expressed concerns about the subject of homosexuality and the agenda of the 1998 Lambeth Conference. "What concerns us is the disproportionate influence of single pressure groups in the `North' and the apparent willingness in some areas of Anglican influence to accept, without reference to the understanding and convictions of the Communion as a whole, innovations in teaching and discipline relating to homosexual practice".
"This book is based on two sets of addresses: the Martin Memorial lectures entitled `The Compass Rose : Flowering of Fading ?', given at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in Saskatoon in May 1999, and three addresses on the theme 'Composing the Lord's Song', given at the diocese of Calgary's `Theology Alive' weekend in October 1999". -- Acknowledgements, p. 7.
"I believe that Anglicanism is characterized by a distinctive way of doing theology. And I believe that a tolerance for diversity is an integral part of being Anglican. So I believe that our current struggles and debates are essential to being who we are, and I am hopeful that our diversity will strengthen us as we respond to God's call to be part of the church, the body of Christ. In `Anglican Diversity', I will articulate a foundation for this belief, then explore how such an Anglican identity can help us to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century". -- Intro., p. 10.
Includes bibliographical references and bibliography, pp. 126-128.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The Strange Land -- The Anglican Church: Yesterday and Today -- The Lord's Song -- Looking to the Future in Worship -- Looking to the Future in Ministry -- Social and Ethical Issues -- Living with People of Other Denominations and Faiths -- Authority in the Anglican Communion -- Conclusion: What is the Future of the Anglican Communion ? -- Appendix A: A Response to the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Bishops / Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars -- Bibliography..
"In this book a veteran country parson emerges from obscurity to focus upon the root causes and a possible long term solution of the most intractable problem facing today's Christianity, and especially his own Anglican Communion -- its crippling and deep-seated disunity in the face of relentless secularist attack. John Fitch's 'eirenicon', defined as 'a proposal tending to make peace', while explicitly disclaiming the slick or superficial, offers a distinctive long-term approach to this issue with a touch of originality. His intriguing diagram on the front cover hints at the line taken -- a no-holds-barred analysis of the uniquely Anglican concept of 'churchmanship'." -- back cover.
Contents divided into two main parts: Part One: Churchmanship's Four Standpoints -- Part Two: Application.
Contents: Preface dated Great Yeldham, 29 December 2008 / J.A.F. -- The Anglican concept of Churchmanship -- Low Church/Evangelical -- Broad Church/Modernist/Post-modernist/Liberal -- High Church/Anglo-Catholic -- Narrow Church/Conservative/Traditionalist -- The Anglican Eirenicon -- Anglicans World-Wide: Unity or Disintegration ? -- Christians World-Wide: The Ecumenical Scene -- The Wider World: The Abrahamic/Monotheistic Faiths -- The Fitch Ecclesiometer -- Beyond a Joke -- Acknowledgements -- Bibliography -- List of Biblical References -- Index.