01 July 2008

On the recent GAFCON statement, this is the response from The Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA.

"Much of the Anglican world must be lamenting the latest emission from GAFCON. Anglicanism has always been broader than some find comfortable. This statement does not represent the end of Anglicanism, merely another chapter in a centuries-old struggle for dominance by those who consider themselves the only true believers. Anglicans will continue to worship God in their churches, serve the hungry and needy in their communities, and build missional relationships with others across the globe, despite the desire of a few leaders to narrow the influence of the gospel. We look forward to the opportunities of the Lambeth Conference for constructive conversation, inspired prayer, and relational encounters."
Link to statement: here

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To dwell together in unity

One of the Psalms set for Morning Prayer today in the Church of England is this one. I don't imagine it 's being said throughout the Anglican Communion, but we would all do well to meditate on it, supposing of course that we could suspend our collective sense of irony and shame.

Psalm 133

Refrain: Mercy and truth are met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Behold how good and pleasant it is •
to dwell together in unity.

It is like the precious oil upon the head, •
running down upon the beard,

Even on Aaron’s beard, •
running down upon the collar of his clothing.

It is like the dew of Hermon •
running down upon the hills of Zion.

For there the Lord has promised his blessing: •
even life for evermore. R

Refrain: Mercy and truth are met together,
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

Grant to your people, good Lord, the spirit of unity,
that they may dwell together in your love,
and so bear to the world
the ointment of your healing
and the dew of your blessing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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