No one can predict exactly what is going to happen at Lambeth, Most Rev. H.H. Clark said before he boarded a plan to take him to the four-week world-wide conference of Anglican bishops in London, England.
The 64-year old primate of The Anglican Church of Canada is chairman of the commission on faith and renewal, one of the three major headings for discussion for the 480 senior and assistant bishops. The conference continues until August 25.
Archbishop Clark said he has made an attempt to keep his commission as open as possible in order that the bishops can determine what they consider to be important.
"There are those who wonder why the conference has not planned a section dealing with war and peace, race problems and poverty. The questions can and will probably arise out of some of the papers that have been written for the commission on faith," he said.
He said officers of the commission on faith decided against preparing a working paper because it would represent only a Western statement as only North American bishops were involved in the planning during the past year.
"The section on faith will be important simply because we all know there is a crisis of faith in the world. We will not be coming with answers already written beforehand, but in conferring together will come insight into what the bishops can say about Christian faith in our time."
He said the Lambeth Conference will be a success if it shows first of all a note of hope and expectation to the world and if members of the Anglican communion pledge themselves to work ecumenically in the work to be done.
The success of the conference will also depend on how ready the church is to change its structures and methods in order to serve better, Archbishop Clark said.
"I hope what we will say will not be deathless prose, but truly Christian messages. I hope it will be clear that the only death in which we are to be involved is the death of everything that smacks of church selfishness or church pride," he said.