Wednesday, December 23, 2009
From New York-
Archbishop of Canterbury Roman Williams, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, will speak on Jan. 30 at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers.
He will speak about "Theology and the Contemplative Calling."
The seminary will also give Williams on honorary doctorate to honor his contributions to the study of Orthodox theology and spirituality.
The Anglican Communion includes more than 80 million Christians in over 160 countries.
In recent years, the Communion has been increasingly divided over questions of sexuality, in particular whether gays and lesbians can serve as clergy and whether Anglican ministers should unite same-sex couples in union ceremonies or marriages.
The Episcopal Church, the official American arm of the Anglican Communion, is far more liberal on these matters than the Communion as a whole. Williams recently chastised the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles for electing a lesbian as a bishop despite knowing that the move may harm internal Communion relations.