The other Archbishop to pray for
Earlier this week, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury issued a ‘reflection’ on the events that took place at ECUSA’s General Convention the week previous. I sat down and read it the other night and have to say that, yet again, Rowan has significantly impressed me.
Ruth Gledhill’s blog carries interesting and supportive coverage which I think is well worth reading amongst all the coverage that both Rowan’s statement and the preceding General Convention has garnered.
If you want to keep track of every single last bit of reaction to General Convention and the Archbishop’s statement, visit the Thinking Anglicans websiteÂ which is doing a sterling piece of work in trying to keep track of it all. To be honest though, for me the extent of reactions is both mind-blowing and impenetrable now.
I can’t follow what New Zealand or whatever other province think of ECUSA, what this group or that group think, let alone the continued daily devastation to be found in America itself as one diocese after another looks for alternative episcopal oversight, finds ministers in the Washington DC area being ordained as missionary Bishops by the Nigerians and who knows what else.
What I can follow is the call that Archbishop Rowan has set before us. With his usual ridiculously super-charged intellect to the fore, he asks all involved to focus on what it means to be Anglican, to hold in tension the long established idea of scripture, tradition and reason and, again, to sacrifice, to love and to listen to each other.
Both sides, at their most extreme, should feel castigated as he sharply criticizes both forÂ much of theÂ rhetoric and behaviour that have characterized these most recent debates.
I haven’t yet been able to catch up with my friends in ECUSA and I hope to blog more when I get more from them as the “horse’s mouth”. They are more on the liberal end of things and I know they aren’t too impressed with Rowan’s statement but that is no surprise to me since they come in for a critique (in my opinion deserved).
Reading so much of the stuff that is now circulating discourages me. The church I love seems intent on damaging itself. The wider world has nothing but scorn for us for behaving so poorly towards each other and so misunderstands the basis of the disagreement as to significantly damage our witness and mission.
When I finished reading Rowan’s reflection, I felt encouraged that we have an Archbishop so gifted, so intelligent, so able and I felt compelled to pray for him. I’d encourage anyone reading this to do the same.