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Traditionalists plan rival summit: CEN 12.21.07 p 7. December 20, 2007

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Global South, Lambeth 2008, Primates Meeting 2005.

akinola-and-williams.jpgPlans are underway to hold a global gathering of traditionalist Anglican bishops next June under the auspices of the Global South coalition of primates, sources tell The Church of England Newspaper.

However, Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Advent letter to the Primates may give organizers of the rival meeting occasion to pause, as they digest Dr. Williams’ statement that unity for unity’s sake will not be the purpose of Lambeth 2008.

Meeting in Nairobi last week, the Global South Steering Committee, under the presidency of the Primate of Nigeria Archbishop Peter Akinola, discussed plans for a gathering of bishops to be held weeks before the start of the 2008 Lambeth Conference at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

The meeting would not be a shadow Lambeth Conference, but would include traditionalists who may boycott Lambeth. Bishops from Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda and other global south provinces are likely to sit out Lambeth 2008 due to Dr. Williams’ invitation to the liberal American bishops and his rejection of the African consecrated bishops to the US.

Dr. Williams has urged all of the Communion’s bishops to attend Lambeth. In an Advent letter released after the Global South Nairobi meeting concluded, he used his strongest language so far in making the case for all those invited to come. A refusal to attend Lambeth “can be a refusal of the cross – and so of the resurrection,” Dr. Williams said.

Plans for a Global South-led gathering of bishops have been in the works for over a year. However they have gained momentum in recent months as the pace of the disintegration of the Episcopal Church quickened, and as the perception that delay and obfuscation were all that could be expected from the central bodies of the Communion took hold among traditionalists.



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