A description of the resolution on homosexuality passed by the 1998 Lambeth Conference (526 to 70 with 45 abstentions) and on the "Pastoral Statement to Lesbians and Gays" which has since been signed by 157 bishops. See also p. 3 and p. 5 re the Alliance of Lesbian and Gay Anglicans.
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
Jean Vanier, an internationally known Canadian Roman Catholic layperson, has been invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead an all night vigil on 30 July 1998 at the Lambeth Conference. Mr. Vanier has spent the last 30 years living with people with mental handicaps and is the founder of the L'Arche communities.
"The vigil [at Lambeth] is essentially a celebration. A celebration of reconciliation and of humility and of love and the love of Jesus," Vanier explained. Bishops and their spouses will be encouraged to wash each other's feet. This action, recalling Christ's words and example, calls us forth "to love and serve each other".
A personal reflection by the Bishop of St. Germans on his generally very positive experience of Lambeth 1998. Does make interesting observation about corporate memory and working behaviour when he states: "There was no review of the resolutions from the 1988 Lambeth Conference. The lack of attention to them reveals the modesty of the authority of those we passed this time. It was evident that few bishops seemed to have read any reports or resolutions of previous Lambeth Conferences at all. It was as if we were doing everything from scratch. In the sub-section on euthanasia of which I formed part we certainly were, and woefully under-resourced to do so. But rarely did any Lambeth document quote any previous Lambeth report or resolution. Vatican documents, be contrast, are a sort of patchwork quilt of previous papal utterances and encyclicals. Suddenly I found myself sympathetic to the Curia. Anglicans publish endless reports and documents, but seem to do little to connect them. This Synod can be as bad, reinventing wheels with monotonous regularity".
The Rt. Rev. Josiah Fearon, Bishop of Kaduna, Nigeria, spoke to the Church of England General Synod about his experience and perspective on the 1998 Lambeth Conference. "The sexuality motion was received with gratitude to the Lord in my country; it has further strengthened our practice of not admitting certain categories of Christians within our Communion into any leadership positions. Such categories include polygamists, lesbians, divorcees and homosexuals who are loved and given pastoral assistance". As someone who lives in a predominantly Muslim country, the bishop also commented on the Christian-Muslim forum and the motion on Interfaith relations. He spoke warmly about the experience of Bible study with individuals of differing opinions. "I learnt from Lambeth that, though the world view of my Western sisters and brothers in the Communion is radically different from those of us in the developing world, one cannot do without the other. We need therefore to stand by one another, work for our unity as a Communion and resist every temptation to go alone because of our idiosyncrasies."
The Steering Committee of the International Anglican Youth Network (IAYN) met in New York, NY, from 28-31 August 1995 . A full meeting of the Network is scheduled for 23-28 April 1996 in Cornwall, Connecticut. Plans were made for the promotion of Anglican Youth Sunday on 25 November 1995, for the proposed Anglican Communion Youth Conference in 1997 and for youth participation in the 1998 Lambeth Conference.
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".
"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.
Twenty six chapters written by 20 authors divided into four sections, reflecting on the Conference themes. Authors include Canadian Patick Yu.
Bibliographical endnotes with each chapter but NO index.
Contents divided into four main parts: Part One: Called to Full Humanity -- Part Two: Holding and Sharing the Faith -- Part Three: Living as Anglicans in a Pluralistic World -- Part Four: Seeking Full Visible Unity.
Contents: Foreword / George Cantuar i.e. Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury -- Authors -- Introduction dated Oxford, All Saints Day, 1996 / Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden -- Fascism and Nationalism / Roger Griffin -- A Christian Perspective on the Family / Vinay Samuel -- Why Questions of Gospel and Culture must be included in the Preparations for Lambeth 1998 / Maurice Sinclair -- An examination of the Theological Principles affecting the Homosexuality Debate : The St. Andrew's Day Statement / Michael Banner et al. -- A Response to the St. Andrew's Statement / Patrick Yu -- Reading the St. Andrew's Days Statement / Oliver O'Donovan -- Living with HIV/Aids : A personal testimony / Gideon Byamugisha -- The Dark Side of Technology / Bernard Adeney -- The Oxford Declaration on Christian Faith and Economics -- Trade and Development Report 1996 / UNCTAD (TDR 16), Geneva, 1996 -- The Impact of the Market Economy on the Poor / Raja Chelliah -- Business and Corruption / Vinay Samuel -- Media and Modernity / Quentin Schultze -- A Christian Response to Population Issues : An Oxford Statement Resource Document -- Christian Feminism and Feminist Perspectives on Population Control / Harriet A. Harris -- Kingdom Affirmations and Commitments -- The Gospel and the Transformation of the non-Western World / Kwame Bediako -- Adolescence, Youth Ministry and World Mission / Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and Oxford Youth Works -- Dialogue in an Age of Conflict / Michael Nazir-Ali -- Accessible Liturgy / Jean-Daniel Pluss -- Reception / Henry Chadwick -- The Anglican Acceptance of Contraception / Richard Harries -- Reflection on Biblical Themes of Discipleship / David Bennett -- Take Thou Authority: an African Perspective / John S. Pobee -- Towards Reconciliation in Rwanda / Emmanuel Kolini -- Evangelical Mission Societies and the Church in India / Vinay Samuel.