Includes bibliographical references (pp. 98-112) but NO index.
"The principle pursuit of this book is to explore the nature of the Anglican notion of comprehensiveness as it is applied to persons of gay and lesbian sexual orientations, especially as this theme is expressed through the actual statements of various contemporary leaders in the Anglican Communion. My deliberate focus for quoted sources is upon the clerical leadership of the Anglican Communion because their positions within the ecclesiastical hierarchy magnify the importance and influence of their ideas and opinions. Certainly, this is not an exhaustive survey of all of Anglican opinion, either past or present, on the theme of comprehensiveness and sexuality". -- p. 15.
Contents: Dedication -- Acknowledgements / Dennis B.A. Berk -- Introduction -- Embraced by Inclusion -- Towards Definitions of Some Key Terms -- Historic Roots of Comprehensiveness -- The Anglican Ethos -- Unity Amidst Diversity -- The Importance of Conversation -- Lambeth Conference Proposals -- A Challenging Task -- A Current Call and Future Vision -- Works Cited.
Author "attended seminary at Trinity College, in the University of Toronto" and was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Now serving in the Episcopal Church.
That the Council of General Synod send a letter to the members and staff of the Consultation of Bishops in Dialogue expressing the gratitude of the Anglican Church of Canada for the witness of A Testimony of Grace.
At Easter 2014 the three Church of England dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield were dissolved and a new Diocese of Leeds was created. "The new diocese inherited also inherited Anglican partnership links with Sudan, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, USA (Southwestern Virginia), and international ecumenical links with Lutherans in Sweden (Skara) and Germany (Erfurt)" (p. 14). The author, current bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines invited bishops from these link dioceses to a five-day retreat in Yorkshire. "We designed a simple programme shaped around prayer and worship, conversation and honest discussion. Perhaps the most important element was taking the time to explain our context -- what the mission of the church looks like in the particular places and cultures we inhabit and serve" (p. 14). "The bishops were fiercely honest about their reality, but paid close attention to the readings of others. The bishops discussed the texts in pair, but then reported back to the whole group what the partner said" (p. 15). "But all this conversation, prayer, food and relaxation together also opened the way to a day discussing the difficult issues of ethics: money, power and sex" (p. 15). "On this basis we can begin to work out how to develop our future relationships -- particularly how to enthuse a new generation for these link relationships of mutual learning and service. This is just a glimpse of our unity in diversity. But, committed to each other as brothers in Christ, we established a remarkable relationship of honesty and integrity that perhaps offers a hopeful model for the wider Communion" (p. 15).