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Friday, August 04, 2006

This is an Interesting Development

The Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly, is interested in assembling all members of the House of Bishops who are willing to stand firmly with the recommendations of the Windsor Report. In a letter dated July 28, Bishop Wimberly announced a consultation to be held Sept. 19-22 at Camp Allen near Navasota, Texas.

“It is my hope that you will be able to accept this invitation and enter with fellow bishops into a consultation that can produce a way forward that both prevents some in our Church from ‘walking apart’, and others from seeking irregular means of preserving their Anglican identity,” Bishop Wimberly wrote. “I want to emphasize that this invitation is to a consultation rather than a conference.”

In May, Bishop Wimberly and eight colleagues met with the Most Rev. Rowan Williams and others from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s staff at Lambeth Palace for what was described at the time as “a bid to continue the dialogue within the Anglican Communion over the divisions within the Episcopal Church.”

In the letter, Bishop Wimberly revealed that two members from the Church of England’s House of Bishops will be present: the Rt. Rev. N.T. Wright, Bishop of Durham, and the Rt. Rev. Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester. Bishop Wimberly said the Archbishop of Canterbury “has been aware of these plans from the beginning. Both bishops, having had thorough discussions with him, are coming with his blessing to discuss with us the nature of our future relation to the See of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion.”

From the Living Church.

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