Saturday, October 24, 2009

Six Episcopal bishops portray church's 'broad center' in meeting with Williams

From ENS-

Describing themselves as representing the "broad center" of the Episcopal Church, six bishops were welcomed Oct. 23 as guests of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams at his London residence, Lambeth Palace.

"Our message was to say that the Episcopal Church is not a perfect church, but … it is alive, it is well, it is vital, it is pursuing the mission that God has set before it," said Bishop Clifton Daniel of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina in an interview with ENS following the meeting. "I came away as thankful for the Episcopal Church at this meeting as I did for the Archbishop of Canterbury -- and I'll continue to give it everything I have to further its mission and its life."

Daniel was joined by bishops Michael Curry of North Carolina, Stacy Sauls of Lexington (Kentucky), Neff Powell of Southwestern Virginia, Assistant Bishop William Gregg and Assisting Bishop Chip Marble, both of North Carolina.

During their 90-minute meeting, the church leaders discussed a variety of topics and concerns facing the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, including the development of an Anglican covenant, cross-provincial interventions, human sexuality issues, the Millennium Development Goals, and the Episcopal Church's focus on domestic and global mission.

"The conversation was held in a framework of mutual trust, it was held in the context of openness with one another [and] it went to a level deeper than I had anticipated," Daniel told ENS. "The archbishop was gracious and forthright. He expressed again and again his deep affection for the Episcopal Church. I found that reassuring; I found that strengthening; I found that hopeful; and I go away in that very spirit."

The bishops first discussed the possibility of meeting with the archbishop about one year ago when they decided it would be helpful to increase understanding and build relationships with Williams and to offer him a sense of what it means to be the "broad center" of the Episcopal Church.

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1 comment:

Celinda Scott said...

I'm surprised that +Stacey Sauls (Diocese of Lexington) can call himself a centrist. When people in his diocese said they had trouble with the consecration of +Eugene Robison, he said to them "Get over it."