This past weekend, Bishop Robert Duncan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh told diocesan leaders that “We’re here together to discuss our way forward in light of our failure to obtain Alternative Primatial Oversight … We are facing something that we never thought we would face. We thought we would prevail. We thought that what we believed and what the majority of the Communion believed would be provided for.” In other words, the diocese is admitting the path they have been pursuing will no longer work.
Mindful of the speculation that has surrounded the issuing of invitations to the Conference Dr Williams recalls that invitations are issued on a personal basis by the Archbishop of Canterbury and that “the Lambeth Conference has no ‘constitution’ or formal powers; it is not a formal Synod or Council of the Communion”, and that invitation to the Conference has never been seen as “a certificate of doctrinal orthodoxy”. Nevertheless Dr Williams recognises in his letter that under very exceptional circumstances an invitation may be withheld or withdrawn.
UPDATE: Bishops Gene Robinson and Martyn Minns have not been invited according to the Washington Post. Read it here.
Fenway Park, and the game that’s been played there for 95 seasons, is what New England fans love. Except for the nasty year of the strike, fans have trusted that a bunch of guys wearing Red Sox jerseys will take to the field at 7:05 p.m. and play baseball. Here’s the thing, though. It’s not always the same bunch of guys.
In his book Living on the Border of the Holy, a title that is itself significant, William Countryman writes of that border country that we all carry within us. He describes it as a kind of fault line that runs right down the middle of our lives. We can of course ignore it but it does not go away.