Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September
Bishop Gregory Cameron, Jonathan Clatworthy, Bishop GayleHarris
Simon Sarmiento, Anne Stevens, Peter Francis
Is there a distinctive Anglican ethos and does it still survive? What does Anglicanism stand for? Is Anglicanism in danger of splitting apart over contentious issues like gay clergy, divorce, women bishops – the so-called western liberal agenda? The end of Anglicanism as we know it? Is an Anglican Covenant the answer to our contemporary problems?
Amidst all the controversy do we miss signs of hope and vibrancy – and the beginnings of an exciting future?
5:30 Introduction and Welcome
Peter Francis – A Lost Anglicanism?
7:30 Simon Sarmiento – A View of Recent Anglican History
9:30 Anne Stevens – A View from General Synod and the Diocese of Southwark
4:00 Gregory Cameron – The Covenant
4:45 Jonathan Clatworthy – The Covenant – A Response
5:30 The Covenant – Discussion
7:30 Gregory Cameron – A View From Church inWales
9:30 Why am I and why do I remain an Anglican? Gregory Cameron
6 x 10 (6 speakers – 10 minutes)
Jonathan Clatworthy, Gayle Harris, Simon Sarmiento, Anne Stevens, Peter Francis
11:15 The Future(s) of Anglicanism
12:30 Lunch and Depart
Still on holiday at present (in the U.K.), my eye caught this ad on the ‘Thinking Anglicans UK‘ site for a conference at Gladstone’s Library at St Deiniol’s. The title is rather interesting – in the light of present speculation in the Church of England on the future of the Anglican Covenant movement.
As one of the contributors is none other that Simon Sarmiento, one of the founding hosts of the ‘Thinking Anglicans UK’ blog-site, I look forward to reading the report of his contribution to the dialogue that will be going on at this particular conference.
Bishop Gregory Cameron is a well-known supporter of the Covenant, so the various contributions will be ranged around the different perspectives known to exist on the viability of this proposed new ‘Instrument of Unity’ within the world-wide Anglican Communion.
I note that Bishop Victoria’s address to WATCH, an organisation supporting the implementation of Women’s Ordination to the episcopate in the Church of England, during the sitting of the UK General Synod recently, has been widely commented on in the world-wide Church, and emphasizes the fact that, as far as Bishop Victoria is concerned, the ordination of women has now been well and truly ratified in many parts of the Communion, and no longer remains a breaking-point for most Anglicans in other Provinces that have already accepted its inevitable consequences – without disruption to the life of the local Churches concerned.
Father Ron Smith, presently in the UK.