Pittsburgh Bishops to attend Lambeth Conference

May 7, 2008 by

From  Pittsburgh Diocese Document Actions Bishops Robert Duncan and Henry Scriven confirmed today that they will be attending both the Global Anglican Future Conference in June and the Lambeth Conference of Bishops this July and August.    Bishops Robert Duncan and Henry Scriven confirmed today that they will be attending both the Global Anglican Future Conference in Jordan and Jerusalem in June and the Lambeth Conference of Bishops in Kent, England, this July and August. "After consulting with the people of Pittsburgh and our friends around the globe, we have come to the conclusion that it is necessary for us to be present at both gatherings," said Bishop Robert Duncan. The Global Anglican Future Conference is focused on moving forward with the work and witness of the church even as the crisis in the Anglican Communion over discipline and biblical authority continues. It brings together hundreds of bishops who have, as a matter of conscience, decided not to attend the Lambeth Conference, as well as other bishops who believe that global partnerships and the current conflicts necessitate their presence at both meetings. Among those going to Jerusalem and Jordan are many of the strongest supporters of orthodox Anglicans in North America. "We will be among friends, focused squarely on the Gospel, and dealing openly with how we build the missionary relationships, covenantal boundaries and responsible structures for the future of Anglicanism," said Bishop Duncan. Bishops Duncan and Scriven will then join some six-hundred bishops and archbishops (about two-thirds of all Anglican bishops) who will be attending the Anglican Communion’s once-a-decade Lambeth Conference of Bishops. "Given the expense and the stated-intent of the Archbishop of Canterbury that Lambeth can no longer be considered a decision making council of the church, choosing to be present was not easy," said Bishop Duncan. In an effort to limit costs connected to the meeting, an estimated $12,000 per attending bishop and spouse for the entire two-and-a-half week Lambeth Conference, Bishop Duncan will attend July 16-25 and Bishop Scriven will attend July 26 – August 3. Both bishops believe it is important that the diocese be represented throughout the Lambeth Conference, if for no other reason than to provide an alternative perspective on the situation in The Episcopal Church. "Those who accuse us of abandoning the Anglican Communion will certainly be present and vocal. It is important for us to be able to respond directly to their claims about the situation in The Episcopal Church and our place in the Communion," added Bishop Duncan. As with the Global Anglican Future Conference, both Pittsburgh bishops will also work to strengthen missionary partnerships with bishops from every corner of the world. Bishop Scriven asked that Pittsburgh Episcopalians pray for both meetings. "We hope that many join us in praying for God’s clear presence and guidance in the Holy Land and Canterbury. With God, all things are possible," he said....

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Bishop Iker to attend 2008 Lambeth Conference

May 2, 2008 by

Bishop Jack Iker of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth confirmed today that he has accepted the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, which is to meet July 16 thru August 3 at the University of Kent in England. Given the strained relations in the Anglican Communion and the role of the Lambeth Conference as one of the Four Instruments of Communion, Bishop Iker believes it is important for him to attend this gathering of Anglican Bishops from around the world that takes place once every 10 years. "I stand in solidarity with all those Bishops who have decided, as a matter of conscience, that they are unable to be at Lambeth," said Bishop Iker. "However, given the situation the Diocese of Fort Worth finds itself in with the unfolding realignment that is taking place in Anglicanism, I think it is important for me to be there to make our case and to face our detractors." In addition to demonstrating a willingness to work with the Instruments of Communion for the unity of the Church, Bishop Iker believes it is important for him to be present to defend orthodox believers who are being accused of abandonment of communion by the TEC leadership, including the Presiding Bishop. "We need to refute the claims that the leadership of this Church is trying to accommodate us and provide a secure place for us, and we need to testify to the fact that TEC is not in compliance with the Windsor Report or the requests made of TEC by the Primates’ Meeting in Dar es Salaam," he said. Bishop Iker had previously announced his plans to participate in GAFCON in mid-June to consult and pray with many of the Bishops who have decided against participation in the Lambeth Conference.    ...

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Australian Anglicans appoint first woman bishop

Apr 11, 2008 by

From the Sydney Morning Herald One of Australia’s first Anglican women priests has shattered the stained glass ceiling to become the nation’s first woman bishop. Perth Archdeacon Kay Goldsworthy, 51, was named as an assistant bishop, to be consecrated on May 22. But if she visits Sydney, which remains opposed to women bishops, she will only be formally acknowledged as a deacon and unable to exercise her ministry as a priest or bishop. The unanimous decision to appoint Archdeacon Goldsworthy was made by Perth Archbishop Roger Herft and his diocesan council Thursday night following an agreement reached this week between Australia’s Anglican bishops on a protocol to handle opponents of women bishops. Under the protocol, parishes that cannot in good conscience recognise the ministry of a woman bishop will be offered the services of a male bishop. The church’s peak legal body last year affirmed it would not breach church law to appoint a woman bishop. Bishop-elect Goldsworthy was in the first group of women to be ordained a priest in Perth in 1992. The mother of twin boys, who has been married to husband Ben for 20 years, said she had been invited to think and pray about being a bishop by Archbishop Herft several weeks ago. She said it was unlikely she would feel slighted by parishes not accepting her ministry, having first felt a call to serve the church at the age of 16 and faced criticism over the years. "I’ve travelled a path where there’s always been someone or some group that doesn’t agree or doesn’t want to receive your ministry, so I won’t feel slighted," she told AAP. "I’m always sorry that we have such differences and I wish it were different, but … I want everybody to see that the ministry of women is to be valued and celebrated." Bishop-elect Goldsworthy said she did not believe the move would split the church in Australia. "Women were first made bishops over 20 years ago in the (worldwide) Anglican Communion and the communion has continued to work," she said. She said parishes in Perth that did not accept her ministry would be able to draw on the services of two other male assistant bishops and the archbishop. Archbishop Herft said Bishop-elect Goldsworthy was an outstanding candidate. He said her previous experience as a school chaplain, canon of the cathedral, parish priest and archdeacon meant she was "one of the best qualified priests to take on this role". Women bishops are currently serving in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. "Australia has been a while catching up, but our time has come and I know that the great majority of Australian Anglicans warmly welcome this day," Archbishop Herft said. Bishop of South Sydney Robert Forsyth said he expected there would be at least two women bishops – in Perth and Melbourne – by the end of the year, which would create "difficulties" in keeping the church together. "There’s no question it does fracture our unity...

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Australian Anglican leaders agree to protocol on women bishops

Apr 10, 2008 by

From TheWest.com Australia’s Anglican leaders have taken another step towards women bishops, agreeing on a protocol to deal with the contentious issue. The move, which came out of this week’s Anglican bishops’ conference in the NSW city of Newcastle, followed last year’s ruling by the church’s peak law body that there were no legal hurdles to women becoming bishops. The bishops said in a statement today the Women in the Episcopate protocol, which was adopted at the conference, would help deal with differences of opinion over female bishops. “The bishops recognised the good faith of those in the church who support the new development of women bishops and of those who find that they cannot do so,” they said in a statement. “They resolved to nurture the highest possible level of collegiality as bishops in the future. “The bishops agreed to make special provision in situations where the ministry of a woman bishop would not be welcome.” It is expected parishes that disagree with oversight from a female bishop would be able to receive some form of alternative oversight from a male bishop, either in the same region or a neighbouring diocese. Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, said he was pleased that “in the face of difference in strongly-held convictions” the bishops had reached agreement. No other details about the agreement were available. Comment was being sought from Dr Aspinall. Female bishops are currently in place in New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Female priests have been allowed in the Australian Anglican church for more than a decade....

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