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Monday, February 19, 2007

The Anglican Communion?

I am sure you are praying this morning for the Primates' meeting as am I. To be honest, I have a very heavy heart due to what has been reported throughout the week. Rhea and I are very saddened by the news where it appears we are on the brink of a serious division. We have offered the Lord so much of our lives to serve him in the Anglican Communion and it will break my heart if it divides. My love is for the C of E and the people in the NE (Durham Diocese) where I feel God has called me to serve. However, I still have a heart for our friends around the world that I desperately do not want to see come to an end. The news reports have made it very hard to concentrate on my work because of the deep sadness I feel today. Please join me in praying for the Spirit to overcome divisions where humility, love, trust and truth prevail in the Anglican Communion. We need all four virtues for unity to be restored in order to build a healthy communion. May God bless his Church and show those who lead his will for the Bride of his Son!

Update
Anglican Mainstream has reported on the forthcoming communique which is to be released this evening at 6:45 Tanzania time 3:45 GMT. Anglican Mainstream reports the following:
The final press conference will be addressed by the Archbishops of Tanzania, Canterbury and Australia tonight at 18:45 Tanzania time (GMT 15:45). The Communique is five pages long and will be released with the covenant in time for the press conference. The Communique was presented as a unanimous report by the communique group which included Archbishops John Chew (South East Asia), Ian Ernest (Indian Ocean) and Drexel Gomez (West Indies). Drexel Gomez chaired the discussion of the Communique. The agenda has been completely changed today, the Lambeth Conference will be discussed this afternoon. Jim Rosenthal, the Director of Communications, expects the Primates to be working on the Communique till the last second. There will be a group photo of new Primates at 16:00 Tanzania Time. Jim Rosenthal also referred to the story in today’s Times about the Anglican Communion and Rome. He expressly said that the report was released a week and a half ago and was not leaked. He denied that there was anything new in it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joining you in prayer for the Primates and the Communion, Jeff.

Martin osb

1:20 pm  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Thank you, [Br.] Martin! You have been a blessing to our community in Cranmer and I am very grateful to have you with us. Thank you for joining me in these prayers. At 3:45 GMT we should know more. Also, thank you again for the book!

Until then, kyrie eleison!

1:33 pm  
Blogger Joel said...

Praying for the Primates and the Communion and will continue to do so. Hope all is well with the Steels.

2:57 pm  

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