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House of Bishops plan Strategy: CEN 1.18.08 p 8. January 17, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, House of Bishops.

jefferts-schori-2.jpgThe US House of Bishops meeting in March will develop media strategies for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced in an email to the bishops on Jan 10.

“The Planning Committee has outlined a meeting that will allow the House to focus on our upcoming time at Lambeth. With over 100 bishops consecrated since the 1998 gathering, it is helpful to offer some historical perspective, as well as consider the practical realities of our time there,” Bishop Schori said.

An addition to the agenda was added by Bishop Schori on Jan 11, after she set down Bishop Schofield for trial for abandoning the Communion of the Episcopal Church at the March 7-12 meeting.

The bishops “will also discuss communications strategies and reflect on how best to work with the media both leading up to and following from the [Lambeth] Conference.” Other topics to be discussed include “Reconciliation training, The Episcopal Identity Project, Bishops for a Just World, ethnic mission and ministry, and theological education.”

Last month Bishop Schori told the US Bishops she had appointed three bishops to approach the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, to ask him to reconsider his ban on New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson.

Speaking to the BBC on Jan 1, she said was “still hoping” Bishop Robinson would be invited to Lambeth. Dr. Williams could yet change his mind as “it’s a long time until July,” she observed.

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