Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Windsor Continuation Group Report to the Archbishop of Canterbury

All 22 pages of the Windsor Continuation Group's report is here- With Regard to the "new province" in North America-

101. The WCG therefore recommends that the Archbishop of Canterbury, in consultation with the Primates, establish at the earliest opportunity a professionally mediated conversation at which all the significant parties could be gathered. The aim would be to find a provisional holding arrangement which will enable dialogue to take place and which will be revisited on the conclusion of the Covenant Process, or the achievement of long term reconciliation in the Communion. Such a conversation would have to proceed on the basis of a number of principles:

-There must be an ordered approach to the new proposal within, or part of a natural development of, current rules.

-It is not for individual groups to claim the terms on which they will relate to the Communion.

-The leadership of the Communion needs to stand together, and find an approach to which they are all committed.

-Any scheme developed would rely on an undertaking from the present partners to ACNA that they would not seek to recruit and expand their membership by means of proselytisation. WCG believes that the advent of schemes such as the Communion Partners Fellowship and the Episcopal Visitors scheme instituted by the Presiding Bishop in the United States should be sufficient to provide for the care of those alienated within the Episcopal Church from recent developments.

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