Ten chapters, written from the perspective of bishops from the "Two Thirds World" who attended the 1988 Lambeth Conference, on a wide range of subjects. The authors, two presbyters from the Church of South India and Church of England, attended the conference. "We listened to every debate in the plenary sessions from a bird's eye vantage point in the press gallery, and we asked questions in every press conference. For the greater part of each day, we sat with bishops in the coffee lounges and in their rooms. We interviewed them about their perspectives on the Conference in conversations between half an hour and an hour's length; these we taped with their permission and have had transcribed. We are most grateful to the seventy-five bishops, archbishops, presiding bishops, bishops' wives, consultants, members of the Anglican Consultative Council and its staff from every continent who spared us time out of their punishing schedules. We are also grateful to the twenty bishops, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, who, after Lambeth, took time to complete our informal questionnaire on their perspectives on the Conference". -- Intro., pp. 2-3.
Contents: Introduction -- Guests of the Archbishop -- A United Nations with Evensong -- Bring Your Diocese with You -- Evangelism and Mission -- The Gospel and Other Faiths -- Women and the Media -- Talking about God -- Authority in the Church -- Instruments of Communion -- Taking Lambeth with Them.
"Vinay Samuel, a presbyter of the Church of South India, and Christopher Sugden, a minister in the Church of England, are both Directors of the Centre for Mission Studies". -- back cover.
The Primate indicated the hope that it will be possible for the Bishops' wives to accompany their husbands to England at the time of the Lambeth Conference and requested suggestions re wives' participation in the Conference.
The Primate described the role of Suffragan Bishops in England. He said that, in some instances, Suffragans are territorial Bishops who are active in Diocesan activities and meet as a College of Bishops, while in other situations, they work under the Diocesan's authority. The Primate said that Australia shares the same tradition, while in Africa that pattern has been to create more dioceses.
The Primate said that there is a desire to have more representation from India at the 1988 Lambeth Conference.
We recognize that the numbers and the duties and functions of Suffragan Bishops vary widely in different Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
However, in the Anglican Church of Canada, Suffragan Bishops are very few in number, and share fully in every aspect of episcopal and synodical ministry.
Therefore, the National House of Bishops requests that our Canadian Suffragan Bishops be invited to full and equal participation in the 1988 Lambeth Conference, without prejudice to other decisions about the attendance of Suffragans which may be made with regard to other Anglican Provinces. CARRIED #9-9-85
The Primate reported results of the questionnaire which had been circulated to all Bishops. He said that the majority of the Bishops indicated that England is a preferable location for a Lambeth Conference, while some suggested Third World countries or Australia. The consensus was that each Diocese in the Anglican Communion should support its own Bishop's attendance at the Conference, with Provincial aid where diocesan finances are not sufficient. If Provincial resources do not permit, assistance from the wider Anglican Communion should be made available. The majority indicated that a Wives' Conference could be useful, but that the wives should be housed with their husbands, and the Conference design and content should be stimulating and interesting to the women.
The Primate said that a final decision regarding location will be made in March, 1982, and that preparatory study material will be made available very early. There is general agreement that it should be a residential Conference. A Lambeth Conference Planning Committee will be set up as soon as final decision regarding location is made.
It was agreed that there needs to be a formal Planning Committee established encompassing representatives of the whole Anglican Communion.
That this House express the view that there should be an international Planning Committee which will share responsibility for the planning of the next Lambeth Conference. CARRIED #17-11-81