Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury to visit US General Convention

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams will travel to the United States in July and attend two days of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Anaheim, California.

A spokesman for Lambeth Palace told that Dr Williams will visit the US General Convention from July 7-9 before returning for the start of General Synod in York. The Episcopal News Service has reported that Dr Williams will participate in Bible Studies at the triennial meeting of the Church’s synod and will be a keynote speaker at a global economic forum on July 8.

This will be Dr Williams’ first visit to the US General Convention. However in 2007 he attended the New Orleans meeting of the US House of Bishops, garnering mixed reviews. While many bishops praised his efforts at stabilizing the communion, others on the left, Bishop M Thomas Shaw of Massachusetts, and the right, Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, expressed their disappointment with Dr Williams’ leadership.

On Sept 20, 2007 after addressing the American bishops in private sessions, Dr Williams heard concerns and complaints from some two dozen bishops. Anglo-Catholic Bishop Keith Ackerman of Quincy told Dr Williams that the changes of doctrine and discipline made over the past 20 years in the Episcopal Church no longer made it recognizably part of the catholic church.

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