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Anglican coffee talk

The Very Rev. Mark Lawrence, whose election as bishop has not yet received the requisite number of consents (it may indeed get those consents, of course), let alone actually been consecrated as bishop, is there, according to Stand Firm (who have corrected their initial Jan. 4 posting naming him as "The Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence"). Perhaps he was invited because he was elected, and whoever it was who drew up the invitations assumed, however precipitously, that consents would be received and a consecration scheduled.

When news broke about the allegations again Don Armstrong (and they're just allegations under investigation at this point; Armstrong is presumed innocent unless or until the investigation is concluded) surfaced, the Rocky Mountain News reported that he could not be reached for comment because he "was in Texas for a convention," while the Denver Post reached Armstrong "on his cellphone at a meeting of conservative Anglicans in Houston." Later, The Living Church reported that Armstrong was invited to the Camp Allen meeting and "is attending the meeting as a resource for the gathered bishops."

Perhaps when Bishop Iker of Fort Worth referred to the Camp Allen gathering as "the so-called 'Windsor Bishops,'" he was speaking at least as much of their not being bishops as not being interested in upholding all recommendations of the Windsor Report (e.g., the Windsor Report's commendation of the plan of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church for Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight, or DEPO, and the report's condemnation of other cross-boundary interventions by bishops).

Sounds like an episode of "Coffee Talk" from the Mike Myers-era Saturday Night Live:

The "Windsor Bishops" neither are fully supportive of the Windsor Report, nor are they all bishops. Discuss.

But seriously, I'd love to know how many other non-bishops were invited to the meeting "as a resource." Think they invited, for example, Dr. Jenny Te Paa? She was, after all, an author of the Windsor Report, and would therefore be an excellent resource for Americans discussing our response to it. She's also the head of a theological college in the "Global South," not the director of a self-appointed fraternity of six guys with a website. I suspect, however, that although her "Windsor," theological, and ecclesiological credentials are far stronger than the Rev'd Armstrong's, her name never arose as a potential invitee.

January 5, 2007 | Permalink


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