Thursday, August 28, 2008

Archbishop's Pastoral Letter to Bishops of the Anglican Communion

I've just returned from my trip to Charlotte (which went very well, thank you for asking). This is a couple of days old but I thought for the three or four of you who hadn't seen it I would post it. Rowan is pictured center (guess he didn't need a big hat).

"For the vast majority of bishops, it seems, this has been a time when they have felt God to have been at work. The Conference was not a time for making new laws or for binding decisions; in spite of the way some have expressed their expectations, Lambeth Conferences have never worked straightforwardly in this way. The Conference Design Group believed strongly that the chief need of our Communion at the moment was the rebuilding of relationships – the rebuilding of trust in one another – and of confidence in our Anglican identity. And it was with this in mind that they planned for a very different sort of Conference, determined to allow every bishop’s voice to be heard and to seek for a final outcome for which the bishops were genuinely able to recognize an authentic account of their own work."

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