General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
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as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
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Will the Sun never set on the Anglican Communion?

Ruth Gledhill is calling yesterday's statement an 'ultimatum' from the +ABC "threatening to exclude the liberal wing" of Anglicanism. She notes that there is "speculation that those in Scotland, New Zealand and other liberal provinces could also" become involved.

The possibility that the worldwide Anglican Communion could, in fact, become a two-tier Church with 'constituent' and 'associate' member churches has +Mark Harris, a GC2006 clerical deputy from the Diocese of Delaware, crying foul.

Quoted in The Times, he says, "General Convention 2006 will go down in history, among other reasons, for the clarity with which the Church of England has attempted to exercise direct and indirect ecclesiastical colonial control.”

Why must this always boil down to the oppression of human rights for these folks? This is not about sex. This is not about entitlement. It's really a question of whether or not we are willing to submit to Holy Scripture. And yesterday's statement could not have been more clear. ++Rowan Williams views Biblical authority as an essential part of theological decision-making.

Indeed, it's the place to start.


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