Bishop Lawrence to speak at 11/6 Episcopal Forum
October 16, 2008

Bishop Lawrence, while speaking at a clergy conference, stressed that we, as a diocese were able to stay “intact and in TEC”

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By Joy Hunter, Jubilate Deo – October/November 2008

......Reflecting on GAFCON and Lambeth - Bishop Lawrence spoke candidly about his experiences at both GAFCON and Lambeth, sharing some of the high points as well as some of his frustrations with the gatherings..........On Lambeth the Bishop felt that the time in the Indaba group was fruitful. “For me it was the best time of the conference,” he said. “There was some honest discussion there..........

Bishop Lawrence also admitted that Lambeth caused him to take a hard look at his own attitudes. “I had to ask myself, ‘Have I resisted the MDG’s (Millenium Development Goals) because of who’s supporting them?’ ...........

......... After speaking on GAFCON and Lambeth the Bishop opened the floor to questions. Honest discussion about the future of the diocese ensued. The Bishop stressed that we as a diocese were able to stay “intact and in TEC” (The Episcopal Church). He admitted that there were those in the room with widely differing opinions on the issue and that the General Convention in 2009 could pose even more challenges to this hope. Nevertheless he noted, “I’m concerned that we not merely fight the battles of the past but prepare for the emerging Anglicanism of the future,” he said. While maintaining an appropriate differentiation, he expressed the need to be positive in what we are working towards not merely negative in what we are defending against........

Bishop Lawrence encouraged the group to move forward, stressing, “I believe that we can build for the future where we are—helping to shape the emerging Anglican Communion in the 21st Century.”
Jubilate Deo – October/November 2008

Sheryl Henderson Blunt, Christianity Today-9/11/2007

Since its founding in 2004, the Anglican Communion Network (ACN) has worked for renewal within the Episcopal Church. Now it is focused on getting conservatives out and keeping them united. At a July meeting in London with members of the Global South steering committee, Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of ACN, said he and three other American bishops were asked whether they believed the Episcopal Church (TEC) could be turned back toward orthodoxy. "All of us registered our assessment that the answer to that question was no," he said.

ACN represents 10 dioceses and an estimated 900 congregations, some within TEC and others that have already affiliated or emerged under new alliances or Anglican jurisdictions.

Ephraim Radner, a key leader in ACN, resigned in July over the shift. "My sense is, if you say you are working within the structures of TEC and the [global, 70 million-member] Anglican Communion, then you need to build the structures up, not work in the opposite direction," he said. "They've exported the seeds of division that exist in this country into the larger communion, so holding things together in the global communion has become more difficult."

Christopher Seitz, president of the Anglican Communion Institute, agrees. "Those of us who believe that Canterbury and the communion are precious gifts of God to the church and the world don't want to squander that just yet," he said. "The missionary success of the communion has relied on our instruments [of unity] for the proclamation of the gospel."

But where conservatives like Radner and Seitz see a tragic rift, other conservatives see realignment and reformation.......

Duncan stressed that orthodox Episcopalians and Anglicans are divided not over theology, but over tactics....... Duncan is already making plans, certain that TEC will not change directions. His goal is to help establish "a biblical, missionary, and united Anglicanism in North America" and to try to hash out what the future will look like for orthodox Anglicans.

"We are not deeply divided," Duncan said of fellow conservatives. "There is a great deal of affection between us. We are in the toughest battle of our lives."
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By: The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal Life - 10/9/08

..... Today the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church recognized a local group committed to the U.S. church as the legitimate Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh……… (The group) counts 19 parishes on record as remaining in the Episcopal Church.

The Presiding Bishop will now send representatives to meet with the new Standing Committee according to church laws that govern “vacant” dioceses, that is, those without a bishop. The vacancy designation is significant, in that it regards the newly recognized diocese as a continuation of the former diocese, as opposed to a new entity.

The Episcopal House of Bishops deposed the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, Robert W. Duncan, from ministry on September 18, 2008, two weeks before a majority of diocesan convention deputies voted to “realign” with the more conservative Anglican Province of the Southern Cone based in Argentina...........

Pittsburgh became the second diocese of the Episcopal Church's 110 dioceses in which a majority of the leadership has accepted a November 2007 invitation from the Southern Cone's synod to welcome into the province "on an emergency and pastoral basis" Episcopal Church dioceses "taking appropriate action to separate from The Episcopal Church."

The Southern Cone has about 22,000 members and encompasses Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

The former leadership of the Diocese of San Joaquin accepted the Southern Cone's offer in December. The remaining Episcopalians are reorganizing the diocese with the help of the wider church. Two other dioceses, Quincy and Fort Worth, will put similar questions to their dioceses during their conventions in November…………..
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Conservatives face huge obstacles in putting Anglicanism back together.
by: Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today-10/13/08

…………..This summer, global Anglicanism faced enormous controversy over homosexual ordination, same-sex blessings, and ongoing disagreements about ordaining women as priests and bishops. At least 617 of the world's 880 bishops attended Lambeth at the University of Kent, about two miles from the (Canterbury) cathedral……..

But some 230 bishops, mostly from Africa, declined the invitation of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to attend Lambeth. Instead, conservatives rallied about 1,200 bishops, pastors, and lay leaders in Jerusalem for the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).........

At GAFCON, leaders issued the four-page Jerusalem Declaration. ..........The declaration called for the creation of a new advisory body (Primates Council) to return Anglicanism to its orthodox roots, and launched the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans to organize conservatives. Orombi publicly read the declaration, reciting this line twice: "Our fellowship is not breaking away from the Anglican Communion."

A Humpty Dumpty Moment - With a formal schism rejected, conservatives face enormous obstacles, including many internal differences over strategy for their ultimate goal of reunifying global Anglicanism without establishing a rival global body.

A key figure in this process is Archbishop of the Southern Cone Gregory Venables, based in Argentina. Alongside African archbishops, he has given refuge to bishops, clergy, and individual churches resisting litigation and censure by the left-leaning Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.

Typically optimistic, Venables realizes Anglicanism can never be the same. "I hope there is a way we can remain as Anglicans together," he told "Whatever is coming up will look very different. The toothpaste has been squeezed out of the tube and I don't think we can put it back. We are not going to be able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again."

As global Anglicanism has fractured, four major divisions, each having one or more subdivisions, have emerged:

• Liberals: The Left views normalizing homosexuality in the church as part of its global "prophetic witness for full inclusion." ........

• Evangelicals: Globally, evangelicals represent the largest segment of active churchgoers in the Anglican Communion. The two most distinctive subgroups are the charismatic movement and the confessing movement.

• Anglo-Catholics: These leaders are most evident in the Church of England. .......... Many, but not all, Anglo-Catholics support full communion with Rome.

• Institutional loyalists: Also described as pragmatic traditionalists, loyalists compose the smallest group. They are scholars, bishops, and agency leaders who often hold high-ranking positions in seminaries, commissions, and councils. Some lean left; others lean right. But they are very attached to Anglican traditions and middle-of-the-road, process-driven decision making.

In working with these different groups, Archbishop Williams faces a politically impossible task. All but the loyalists are dissatisfied with his leadership………

...........The biggest division between conservatives concerns strategy. Inside strategists favor using the so-called Windsor Process. Outside strategists support creating new structures to reform Anglicanism.........Outside strategists hope to create a new orthodox Anglican province for North America. The two-fold goal for conservatives is to preserve orthodoxy within their dioceses and to isolate the Episcopal Left………..
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