On 28 October 2004, more than 140 members of the Compass Rose Society met for their seventh annual meeting, and their first with Archbishop Rowan Williams. Archbishop Williams "spoke of our need for more and better theology, with creative reflection on what sort of community we are, and why and how we got here. He emphasised we are here because God has acted, not just for social and historical reasons". He also thanked the Episcopal Church "for the help they had given in setting up a world wide communication system, and also to the Compass Rose Society, for its funding a good part of the inter-Anglican budget. Effective and patient communication, he reiterated, is crucial, especially when there are ruptures". The next day Archbishop Robin Eames spoke to the society about the importance of the Anglican Communion. "`What we have together', he said, `is far more important than opinions that divide us.' While we acknowledge our differences, we must find ways of binding ourselves in affection, offering ourselves to the living Christ, in the sure belief that Anglicanism has an important function in this sad world".