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Monday, September 23, 2013
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced to the House of Bishops that the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will be visiting The Episcopal Church in April 2014 for [a] personal visit with her.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has contacted me and we are planning a private discussion next April,” Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori told the House of Bishops currently conducting its fall meeting in Nashville, TN (Diocese of TN).
Archbishop Welby plans a personal visit to the Presiding Bishop in 2014 to provide an opportunity for informal conversation. This planned visit is part of his effort to visit all the Primates of the Anglican Communion during the first eighteen months of his ministry.
The visit is expected to correspond with the churchwide conference, Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence April 9 – 11, at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). http://www.episcopaloklahoma.org/ . The Archbishop has been invited to offer greetings at the beginning of the conference.
Additional scheduling details will be announced later.
The visit is not the Archbishop’s first to North America. Reporting on his visit to Mexico in August, his office stated
During his first 18 months in office, the Archbishop plans to visit all of his fellow Primates around the Anglican Communion. His desire is to build personal and professional bonds, understand the Primates’ work in its local context, and lay foundations for collaboration over the coming years.
Posted by John B. Chilton on September 23, 2013 – for ‘Episcopal Cafe’
This announcement cannot but be good news for the world-wide Anglican Communion, that the new Archbishop of Canterbury, ++Justin Welby, should meet up with the Primate of The Episcopal Church in The U.S., Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori.
In advance of GAFCON‘s next Meeting in Kenya, it sends a clear signal to their Primates that this ABC is not averse to a meeting of reconciliation with TEC – after the disinclination of the previous ABC to outlaw gafcon’s repeated attempts to expel TEC from the Anglican Communion.
In concert with Pope Francis, the Head of the Church of England is ready to reach out to those in the Church who seek to overturn homophobia and misogyny – a mistaken and puritanical stance that has caused Christianity to be radically misunderstood on important emergent issues of gender and sexuality.
In his talks with Bishop Katharine, no doubt Archbishop Justin will find much common ground on which to proceed with Gospel initiatives within the Anglican Communion Churches that are not freighted with out-moded ideas of human biology.
This is an important meeting at this juncture of the history of the Communion, as the place of the Church in the World is being questioned by young people whose openness to social justice issues is causing them to question the Church’s attitude to both Women and the LGBT community.
I pray for these meetings, that they may be fruitful towards a common understanding and theological praxis that will lead to a more accepting and loving attitude towards those in the Church who have been marginalised and disaffected.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand