Contents: I. List of the Bishops attending the Conference; arranged according to date of consecration -- II. List of the Bishops attending the Conference; arranged according to Provinces -- III. Encyclical Letter from the Assembled Bishops -- IV. Resolutions formally adopted by the Conference -- V. Reports of the Committees: (1) Christianity and International Relations -- (2) The Church and Industrial Problems -- (3) The Development of Provinces -- (4) Missionary Problems -- (5) Position of Women -- (6) Problems of Marriage -- (7) Spiritualism, Christian Science, and Theosophy -- (8) Reunion.
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Pastoral letter from the 13th Primates Meeting intended for distribution on Pentecost 2003. The letter spoke about: theological education, which is facing different kinds of crisis in all provinces; HIV/AIDS and the churches continuing engagement with sufferers; the nature of communion itself, and of our shared communion in Christ; human sexuality; a proposed Anglican Gathering in 2008; an invitation to prayer.
Text of the pastoral letter and call for the observance of a time of special prayer, across the Communion, between Ascension and Pentecost. Produced by the Primates of the Anglican Communion and dated 8 March 2001.
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Contents: List of the Bishops attending the Conference, arranged according to date of Consecration -- List of the Bishops attending the Conference, arranged according to Provinces -- Encyclical Letter from the Assembled Bishops dated 9th August 1930 / Signed on Behalf of the Conference, Cosmo Cantuar [i.e. Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury] -- Resolutions formally adopted by the Conference -- Reports of Committees: I. The Christian Doctrine of God / Signed: Charles F. Armagh, Chairman [i.e. Charles F. D'Arcy, Archbishop of Armagh] -- II. The Life and Witness of the Christian Community / Signed: Theodore Winton, Chairman i.e. -- III. The Unity of the Church / Signed: William Ebor [i.e. William Temple, Archbishop of York] -- IV. The Anglican Communion / Signed: St. Clair Sarum, Chairman [i.e. St. Clair G.A. Donaldson, Bishop of Salisbury] -- V. The Ministry of the Church / Signed: F.R. Grahamstown [i.e. F.R. Phelps] -- VI. Youth and Its Vocation / Signed: A.F. London [i.e. Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram].
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Contents divided into two parts: Part I -- Part II.
Contents: Part I -- List of the Bishops attending the Conference -- Encyclical Letter to the Faithful in Jesus Christ -- Resolutions formally adopted by the Conference -- Part II -- Reports of Committees: I (A) The Christian Doctrine of God -- II The Church and the Modern World -- I (B) The Christian Way of Life -- IV The Anglican Communion -- V (A) The Church's Discipline in Marriage -- V (B) Baptism and Confirmation -- V (C) Proposed Chinese Canon on Ordination of a Deaconess to the Priesthood.
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Editor of Report: The Rt. Rev. J. Mark Dyer. -- p. .
"This comprehensive volume contains the full texts from the [1998 Lambeth] Conference, including sermons and addresses, Section Reports, Inter-Faith and Virginia Reports, resolutions and the list of participants. Here, then, is the essence of the beliefs, hopes and challenges expressed by the participants of Lambeth 1998 that will reverberate throughout the Anglican Communion for years to come". -- back cover.
Contents divided into 13 main sections.
Contents: The Lambeth Call to Prayer -- [I] Introduction / George Cantuar i.e. Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury -- [II] Editors' Preface / J. Mark Dyer, Chair -- [III] The Presidential Address / George L. Carey -- [IV] The Virginia Report / Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission -- [V] The Reports -- [VI] Plenary Presentations -- [VII] Resolutions -- [VIII] Global Poverty and Unpayable Debt / Tony Blair -- [IX] Sermons at Special Occasions -- [X] Report of the Spouses' Conference / Eileen Carey -- [XI] Pastoral Letter to the Communion / George L. Carey -- [XII] Photographs -- [XIII] List of Participants.
Contents of The Reports section: Preface -- Called to Full Humanity: Section I Report -- Called to Live and Proclaim the Good News: Section II Report -- Called to Be a Faithful Church in a Plural World: Section III Report -- Called to Be One: Section IV Report -- Inter-Faith Report.
Contents of Plenary Presentations section: The Bible, the World and the Church I / David F. Ford -- Making Moral Decisions / Rowan Williams -- International Debt I / James Wolfensohn -- International Debt II / Njongonkulu Ndungane -- International Debt III / Peter Selby -- A Youthful Spirit / David Moxon and Lindsay Urwin -- The Bible, the World and the Church II / David F. Ford.
Contents of Sermons at Special Occasions section: Opening Service, Canterbury Cathedral, 19 July 1998 / Simon E. Chiwanga -- Homily at Ecumenical Vespers, 20 July 1998 / Edward Idris Cassidy -- Vigil of Meditation, Prayer and Washing of Feet I and II, 30 July 1998 / Jean Vanier -- The Feast of the Transfiguration, Hiroshima Day, 6 August 1998 / Susan Cole King -- Closing Service, University of Kent, 8 August 1998 / George L. Carey.
Text of the pastoral letter from the Primates Meeting which included mention of "the denial of human rights, often leading to the displacement of people and explosion of refugee populations, and by the persistence of poverty, racism, sexism, and tribalism in the midst of political and human strife." The letter gives thanks for the "political miracle in South Africa" and expressed the Primates' "continuing concern for the Church in Rwanda". The letter also mentioned the problem of international debt and referred to the "serious questions relating to human sexuality [which] are being faced by the Church" and asked that the Church "face the questions about sexuality with honesty and integrity, avoiding unnecessary confrontation and polarisation, in a spirit of faithful seeking to understand more clearly the will of God for our lives as Christians".
Text of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Pastoral Letter to the Anglican Communion which he asked to be read in all the congregations around the Communion on Sunday 27 September 1998 during regular Sunday services.
The Letter makes special mention of the debate and resolution on homosexuality noting that "for some parts of our Church, there was considerable pain to be endured both in the debate itself and its outcome and so the listening must go on, not only to Scripture but also to one another".
The following is a statement by Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, on the distribution of a rite for same-sex blessings in the diocese of New Westminster.
Last year's decision by the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster to ask their bishop for a rite for the blessing of persons in committed, life-long same-sex unions created an occasion for reflection and discernment among Anglicans in the diocese, in Canada, and throughout the Anglican Communion.
That reflection and discernment has happened in a number of places, including the New Westminster synod itself, the Council of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Canadian House of Bishops, the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
The synod's decision has also led to the formation of smaller groups within the church at the diocesan, national and global levels, dismayed by the decision of the synod and convinced that it should not be implemented. Seven parishes in New Westminster have responded to the offer of Bishop Terry Buckle of the Yukon to serve as their bishop. Additionally, the Synod of the Diocese of Yukon supported Bishop Buckle in extending this offer.
In early May , Bishop William Hockin of Fredericton accepted the invitation of Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster to serve as Episcopal Visitor to parishes in the diocese seeking such a ministry. The House of Bishops (in two motions subsequently supported by the Council of General Synod), has urged Bishop Buckle to withdraw the offer and appealed to the seven parishes to explore the possibility of receiving Bishop Hockin's ministry.
The Primates of the Anglican Communion have issued a pastoral letter, identifying the tensions surrounding this matter, and unable to come to a common mind, have declared themselves unable to support the authorization of a rite of blessing:
"The question of public rites for the blessing of same sex unions is still a cause of potentially divisive controversy. The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke for us all when he said that it is through liturgy that we express what we believe, and there is no theological consensus about same sex unions. Therefore, we as a body cannot support the authorisation of such rites".
I share their assessment that the absence of consensus makes it impossible for me to speak with one mind in support of the actions of the Synod and Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. At the same time, reports that characterize the Primates' letter as a direct and unanimous repudiation of those actions are wrong. The Primates do not, at our meetings, either move resolutions or take votes. We seek the deepest possible expression of unity in whatever terms are available to us. In this case, our common mind accurately reflects the potential for division and the absence of theological consensus among us and within the churches that make up the Anglican Communion.
As Primate, my personal opinions and views are not the issue. A synod of the church, together with its bishop, has decided, and that decision has now been implemented. The Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod of 2004 will take up this issue. These are the canonical settings in which this issue now is set, and it is not my place as Primate to interject my personal opinions at this time. Neither is it my role to pass judgment on the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster or to anticipate the deliberations of the 2004 General Synod. I believe that the order of the church is a particularly vital and important resource when profound disagreement overtakes us, and I am committed as Primate to sustaining that order so that it may continue to serve us well.
The Bishop of New Westminster's provision of a rite for the blessing of persons in committed, life-long, same-sex relationships completes the commitment he undertook a year ago. He made that commitment only after refusing on two previous occasions to consent to the synod's decision. For my part, I understood the provision of this rite as a response not to the Primates of the Anglican Communion (whose pastoral letter was issued after the bishop's decision to release the rite and authorize its use in six parishes) nor to the House of Bishops, nor to any other body than the synod of the diocese whose congregations elected the synod, and whose members the bishop serves.
Nor on the other hand do I see the Primates' letter as in any way an attempt to exercise jurisdiction in the life of the Diocese of New Westminster. In fact, it makes clear the Primates' commitment, as a body, to recognize in other provinces "the sincere desire to be faithful", and their commitment "to respect the integrity of each other's provinces and dioceses".
Finally, the Primates' letter speaks of the life of the Anglican Communion in terms of having been "irrevocably called into a special relationship of fellowship with one another". Communion is not something we accomplish, but a gift from the Father, given through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Moreover, it is not something we choose, but a fact of our common life, a reality established among us at great cost. Finding a way to embrace that communion in times of profound disagreement and conflict is not likely to be easy. It is, however, the hard and holy work to which we are called as we follow Jesus on the way of the cross that leads to new life.