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The LambethDaily ISSUE No.4 WEDNESDAY JULY 22 1998 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE 1998 LAMBETH CONFERENCE Delegate champions TODAY’S KEY EVENTS GETTING TO Anglican scholars 7.15am Prayer Time 9.30 - 11.00am Morning Prayer and Bible Studies KNOW YOU Aboriginal rights 11.30 Feast Day Eucharist 2.30 - 4.30pm Plenary presentation:“Making Moral Decisions” How the primates line up respond to Cardinal Page 3 5.45pm Evening Prayer 7.30pm Spouses’ Evening at the Old Palace Page 2 Page 2 Bishop buries Prayers, ideas illumine Ecumenical Vespers his distress over Cardinal voices concern ‘Angels’ play about obstacles to unity by David Skidmore dramatic presentation in yes- by Ted Malone Reformed and Baptist denomina- A terday’s plenary session pro- duced its own drama when the F ire from a paschal candle lit one small taper, and the light spread tions and from world and regional Christian associations. Bishop Coadjutor from that to another, to yet anoth- Vatican official Edward Cardi- of Jerusalem er, until the gloom in the darkened nal Cassidy addressed the Confer- walked out in hall was brightened by their glow. ence in a homily in which he protest over lan- And the rising smoke of incense, praised the concept of Christian Photo: Harriet Long guage that he felt billowing high in the air, became a unity but voiced the concern of the slighted Palestin- light-reflecting cloud that lit all Roman Church that deviations in ian interests in the below it. theological practice among local Riah Abu el-Assal Holy Land. Thus began the Lambeth Con- churches present a grave obstacle to “Wrestling ference’s Mon- reunion. with Angels,” a play performed dur- day night service He did not specify any particu- ing the morning plenary on the of light, an Ecu- lar situations difficult to the Roman Bible, the World and the Church, menical Vespers Catholic Church, making no men- drew enthusiastic applause from most in which leaders tion of the ordination of women as bishops and spouses present but not of the Anglican priests and bishops within the from Bishop Riah Abu el-Assal. Communion Anglican Communion and only a Please see Bishop Riah page 4 introduced a general reference to controversies wide variety of over questions of human sexuali- Today’s plenary Vatican official Edward Cardinal Cassidy representatives from the Roman ty—issues that for the past two decades have at times thrown a will pick up hard addresses the Ecumenical Vespers as Conference participants look on. Catholic, Ortho- dox, Lutheran, damper over Roman-Anglican dia- moral decisions Photos: Lynn Ross Methodist, Please see Cardinal Cassidy page 4 by Lisa Barrowclough Pointing out that the hero of sources. Bishop Swing says addi- A widow who is expected to marry the brother of her husband even though ‘United Religions’ is the Good Samaritan story was someone from a different religion, Bishop Swing admonishes: “Jesus tional support sometimes has come from surprising places. An offer from the highly Bishop Swing’s goal he has AIDS, Chinese children left aban- doned in an orphanage, and the pain of a said,‘I have other sheep that are not respected Centre for Social Innova- man watching the suffering of his dying of this fold that I must bring also.’ tion in Global Management wife will catch the attention of the Con- by Carol Barnwell The question is can we stand the (SIGMA) in Ohio was a turning ference today. religions.“I committed my life then generosity of God in that he reveals point for the group. The centre’s n initial request in 1993 from to being a catalyst for the creation himself to other people in the co-chair, Dr David Cooperrider, These stories are central to this afternoon’s plenary session as it tackles the everyday difficulties of “Making Moral A the United Nations planted the seed for a global flowering of of a United Religions,” he says. With no prior world through other symbols and through other sto- read of Bishop Swing’s lofty goals in his local newspaper. Decisions.” peace just five short years ago. Since expertise in inter- ries?” Dr Cooperrider’s group works At the centre of the session will be a then Bishop William Swing (Cali- faith work, Bishop Never theless, in 50 countries on global initiatives paper by Bishop Rowan Williams (Mon- fornia) has met the Pope, the Dalai Swing found inter- the first buds of the that will change the next century mouth,Wales). This looks at ethics within Lama, sheikhs, rabbis and patriarchs national interfaith United Religions and called UR “one of the most the Body of Christ, reminding us of the to explore the formation of a group groups involved in initiative appeared “self-knowledge” and the awareness of the that would, in spiritual terms, paral- a portion of work during the summer Please see Bishop Swing page 4 “body” to which we belong which must be lel the United Nations and work but none that had of 1996. Represen- central to all decision-making. for world peace. succeeded in a tatives of different The session also features a video that United Religions (UR) seeks global effort. Early religions announced Photo Call: focuses on five scenarios:native Canadians, abortion in China, homosexuality,AIDS in to bring religions and spiritual tra- ditions to a common table in a per- meetings with historical religious their intention to take the UR con- follow the crowd Africa and euthanasia/assisted suicide. manent, daily global gathering. leaders were admit- cept to other parts The Conference photo will be It listens to the voices of various peo- Gathering religious leaders for tedly “ambiguous,” of the world through taken today at 4.30pm following the ple affected by these issues, and asks:“Will the celebration of the UN’s 50th many unwilling to regional conferences plenary session. Bishops are asked Bill Swing, United Religions founder the Church help show the way forward?” anniversary celebration at Grace accept the concept and to write a global to move from the plenary as quickly Photo: Carol Barnwell The plenary also will hear from sever- Cathedral in San Francisco led of UR. charter. Additional- as possible and to assemble, in cas- al bishops around the Communion as they Bishop Swing to consider the 40 “Most see their job as defending ly, the group outlined plans for co- socks, behind Rutherford College. share brief stories of prominent issues in wars that were currently being the faith, not pursuing global good ordinating a 24-hour ceasefire and Bishops need to bring their cassocks their dioceses. waged throughout the world,“most on behalf of all faiths, and they peace day on December 31, 1999. to the plenary with them and go The session will be chaired by Bish- fuelled, at some level, by religion.” don’t want to be seen as giving immediately to the appointed area. op Victoria Matthews (Edmonton, Cana- “For 50 years the nations of the away the store. But we didn’t get Support from odd angles Promptness is essential because da) and is set for 2.30pm in St Augustine world have met daily and struggled disarmament because someone at Ninety-nine percent of UR’s there is no way to determine when and St Columba Halls. All Conference for the global good,” but the same the Kremlin called someone at the current budget of $1.5 million is all bishops have arrived. Late-comers participants are invited. has not been true of the world’s Pentagon,” Bishop Swing notes. raised from private, non-religious cannot be accommodated. 2 The LambethDaily WEDNESDAY JULY 22 1998 Getting to know you… 26. Archbishop Keith Rayner of Australia 27. Verger 28. Prime Bishop Ignacio Soliba of the Philippine Independent Church 29. Archbishop Remi Rabenirina of Placing faces among the Anglican Primates the Indian Ocean 1. Archbishop Samuel Sindamuka of 10. Archbishop Robert Okine of 30. Archbishop John Takeda of Burundi West Africa Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Japan) 2. Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of 11. Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold 31. Lady Eames Rwanda of the United States 32. Bishop William Moses, Moderator, 3. Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi- 12. Archbishop Alwyn Rice Jones of Church of South India Nkoyoyo of Uganda Wales 33. Bishop Dhirendra Mohanty, 4. Archbishop David Hope of York 13. Archbishop Walter Makulu of Moderator, Church of North India (England) Central Africa 34. Archbishop Orland Lindsay of the 5. Archbishop George Carey of 14. Archbishop Matthew Chung of West Indies Canterbury Korea Other primates 6. Archbishop Andrew Mya Han of 15. Bishop Peter Kwong of Hong Not present for photograph: Burma Kong (expected to be primate of • Archbishop Michael Peers of 7. Archbishop Cornelius Wilson of future province) Canada the Central American Region 16. Archbishop Joseph Adetiloye of • President Bishop Ghais Abdel 8. Bishop Barnabas Mondal, Nigeria Malik of Jerusalem and the Middle Photo: William Killough Moderator, Church of Bandladesh 17. Archbishop Robin Eames of East 9. Bishop Daniel Zindo of Sudan Armaugh (Ireland) • Archbishop David Gitari of Kenya 18. Archbishop Glauco Soares de • Archbishop Samuel Espinoza of Lima of Brazil Mexico 19. Archbishop Ellison Pogo of • Primus Richard Holloway of he faces of the Anglican’s T Communion’s primates are becoming more familiar around the Melanesia 20. Archbishop James Ayong of Papua New Guinea • Scotland Archbishop Moses Tay of South East Asia Lambeth Conference as proceed- 21-22.Vergers • Archbishop Njongonkulu ings gain pace. To assist in the 23. Archbishop Donald Mtetemela of Ndugane of Southern Africa process of placing names with faces, Tanzania • Presiding Bishop Maurice Sinclair 24. Bishop Michael Gear of of Southern Cone here is a view from the primates’ Doncaster (England), MU chaplain • Archbishop Patrice Njojo of gathering in York Minster July 17 Congo 25. Presiding Bishop John Paterson of with Lady Eames, president of the Aotearoa, New Zealand and • Bishop Samuel Azariah, Mothers’ Union. Polynesia Moderator, Church of Pakistan Daily Quote Daily Voices “Christianity does not so much have a culture, but seeks a Anglican scholars respond to Vespers address culture in which it can become a living faith.” Bishop Fred Borsch Cardinal highlights need for realism The Daily welcomes letters from its readers. Prior by James Thrall Roman Catholics are “increasingly leads to an increasing disunity with gested, however, that “our bishops to publication, letters may be edited to conform with space requirements. Submissions are collected bound up with each other,” is a the Roman Catholic Church,” may come up with other forms of top official of the Roman “technical but important descrip- Dean Franklin noted. universal authority which are not each day from The Daily mailboxes in near the main entrances of the dining halls in Darwin, Eliot and Rutherford colleges. A Catholic church has offered a positive but cautionary assessment tion,” he said.And even though Car- dinal Cassidy offered clear warnings “When Cardinal Cassidy refers to new interpretations of the focused on one person or a single office.” The Lambeth Conference 1998 of the relationship between the that some developments in the Gospel creating new problems, he A key benefit of the homily, Meeting in residence at The University of Kent, Anglican and Roman Catholic Anglican Communion could impair seems to imply something, but he Dean Franklin said, is that it offers a Canterbury, England churches, according to ecumenical that relationship, his comments doesn’t name it, so it is difficult to “useful context” for the discussion PRESIDENT The Most Revd and Rt Hon George Carey consultants assisting at the Lambeth reflected “a level of communion know just he means,” Canon Bar- of Anglican-Roman Catholic rela- Archbishop of Canterbury Conference. where we need to be realistic with nett-Cowan said. The Cardinal’s tions by the Section Four subgroup EPISCOPAL COORDINATOR OF COMMUNICATION The homily at Monday night’s one another,” Dean Franklin said. homily mentions the issue of chaired by Presiding Bishop Frank The Most Revd Robin Eames ecumenical vesper service by The Rev Canon Alyson Bar- homosexuality, but did not name Griswold of the United States. Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Edward Iris Cardinal Cassidy, presi- nett-Cowan, Director of Faith, any other topics being considered “What the cardinal has done is to let DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS dent of the Pontifical Council for Worship and Ministry for the Gen- by the conference. us know what their understanding is Canon James Rosenthal Anglican Communion Office Promoting Christian Unity, eral Synod of the Anglican Church of what our relationship should be DIRECTOR OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS The Revd Kris Lee, New York reasserted that the two churches “share a real, but imperfect com- of Canada, observed, however, that Cardinal Cassidy’s words were ‘he has laid out a for the next decade-which is real but imperfect communion, with DIRECTOR OF NEWS TEAM James Thrall, North Carolina munion,” said Professor William “more cautious than enthusiastic.” context; we should cautions about ways that commu- DIRECTOR OF SECTION COMMUNICATORS Franklin, dean of the Berkeley Like Franklin, Canon Barnett- nion can be improved but also Margaret Rodgers DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Divinity School at Yale. Cowan is an advisor to the Section respond’ weakened.” Lynn Ross, Quebec “He categorically reaffirmed Four group of bishops considering As the conference pursues all the the commitment of the Roman ecumenical issues. While Cardinal Cassidy was not topics on its agenda, the homily is a The LambethDaily Catholic Church to the full visible Cardinal Cassidy in particular explicit in his references to the need reminder that “one of the important Tel 82 8091 Fax 82 8092 unity of all the baptized, which raised difficult but important ques- for a universal authority as an instru- issues on the table is how important EDITOR Robert Williams, Los Angeles means establishment of full com- tions about the role of authority for ment of unity, he seemed to be do Anglican bishops feel is the rela- ASSOCIATE EDITOR munion,” including reconciliation the two churches, questions “the “offering the papacy as that author- tionship with the Roman Church at Brian Thomas Christchurch, New Zealand of ministries and sacraments, Dean Anglican Communion wrestles ity,” Dean Franklin said.“I think he’s this time,” Dean Franklin said.“They CREATIVE DIRECTOR Franklin said. Cardinal Cassidy’s with all the time,” she said. He also giving us that, as if to say, would you should make that evaluation.” Marla Murphy, Los Angeles statement that Anglican and warned that “our internal disunity like to use this?” Dean Franklin sug- In response, and picking up on ART DIRECTOR Andy Day, Canterbury language Cardinal Cassidy used, SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Carol Barnwell,Texas Daily Question “we might want to express, with Christian love, the concerns of the STAFF WRITERS David Duprey • Bob Libby What fruit do you see in the ecumenical work of the Anglican Communion? Anglican Communion about the CONFERENCE NEWS TEAM Presiding Bishop Metropolitan John Cardinal Edward relationship,” Dean Franklin said. Lisa Barrowclough • E.T. Malone, Jr Jan Nunley • Allan Reeder • Katie Sherrod Frank Griswold, of of Pergamon Cassidy, of the “The spirit of the Conference David Skidmore the Episcopal Church Ecumenical Roman Catholic ought to be: he has laid out a con- SECTION COMMUNICATORS Nicola Currie • Randal Lee of the U.S. Patriarchate, Church text; we should respond with our Sarah Moore • Doug Tindal “One very important point, Greece “The various dialogues interpretation of what it means.” STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS not to be undervalued, is “I have the feeling that in which the Anglican William Killough • Harriet Long Jeff Sells • Anne Wetzel that these ecumenical the Anglican Communion Communion has been The paper for CIRCULATION participants are here—one is ready to face the involved have made Seminarians in residence human being to another in a struggle question of truth in a very serious way, important contributions, not only to our The LambethDaily PRINTED BY Castle Printers London Limited (0171) 436 3383 toward full unity. It is a moment of without disrupting the context of love in bilateral dialogue but to ecumenical dialogue is kindly donated by incarnation.” which truth should be sought.” in general.” Visit the conference on line at Robert Horne Paper Company Ltd www.lambethconference.org Interviews by David Duprey, Photos by Lynn Ross The LambethDaily WEDNESDAY JULY 22 1998 3 Daily Lives ‘We’ve had to fight for justice, and for our values and beliefs’ Evangelical, Charismatic. I saw the fullness of God’s gift to us in this Australian delegate asserts Church.” Ms Parker says her hope for the future is that we will become a rights of Aborigines by Roland Ashby Church which reaches out to “our suffering, broken world” and “is a place for all people to be embraced in the love that was so freely given “Imagine the pain of those can Council (NATSIAC). by God.” ustralian MP Pauline Hanson mothers and children. My cousins A member of NATSIAC since She is called, she believes, to A recently made world headlines when she said the Australian Gov- still cannot return to their home- town for long periods because their its inception in 1993, Ms Parker says the Council has been instrumental challenge the Church to listen to the voice of its faithful Aboriginal peo- ernment spends too much money memories of being taken away are in changing attitudes to Aboriginal ples, “because we have a depth of on Aboriginal Australians’ welfare. too painful.” issues and is helping to give her peo- spiritual awareness which is thou- Photo: Roland Ashby But Aboriginal Australian Lenore Ms Parker has, nonetheless, been ple “more of a sense of belonging to sands of years old.” Parker, Lambeth Conference dele- “greatly encouraged” by the recent the Church. Last year a Council This spirituality is attested to in gate and member of the Anglican National Sorry Day when many member became the first female her prayer, “God of Holy Dream- Consultative Council, insists there is thousands of Australians across the Aboriginal Anglican priest, and ing,” which has been included in A Lenore Parker: deeply thankful for Australian a strong case for special treatment for country signed Sorry Books and another three Aboriginal women Prayer Book for Australia: Church’s apology to Aborigines. Aborigines: “Ever since the white attended services. will be ordained at the end of this man arrived in Australia 200 years She is also “deeply thankful” for year!” God of holy dreaming, Great Creator Spirit, ago the Aborigines have been dis- the Australian Anglican Church’s Ms Parker believes that God first From the dawn of creation you have given possessed and oppressed. We haven’t formal apology at its General Synod led her to the Anglican Church Your children the good things of mother earth had the right to negotiate or had the in February: “That was an amazing through the life and witness of an same opportunities as white Aus- time.There was real recognition that Anglican priest, the Rev Stanley You spoke and the gum tree grew tralians.We’ve had to fight for justice, injustice had been done.” Gaden.“He didn’t speak down to us, In the vast desert and dense forest, in cities at the water’s edge and for our values and beliefs.” At the Synod Ms Parker called and he was tireless in his pursuit of Creation sings your praise Ms Parker is equally forthright on Anglicans to “listen to the stories justice, truth and improved living Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our land about Australian Prime Minister of my people” and “get down on our conditions for the people in my When Jesus hung on the tree you heard the cries of your people John Howard’s refusal to apologise knees and say to God that we are town.” And became one with your wounded ones formally for the “stolen genera- sorry...so that we can look directly Later, she benefited from the The convicts, the hunted and the dispossessed tions”—Aborigines who were into the face of an Aboriginal person healing ministry of Anglican priest removed from their families as chil- and say I love you, please forgive Mark Lavelle, and in more recent The Sunrise of your son coloured the earth anew dren with the aim of assimilating me.” times it has been as a member of the And bathed it in glorious hope them into white society. The Synod also voted to amend ACC that her appreciation of Angli- In Jesus we have been reconciled to you, to each other “I can understand why he the constitution of the Anglican canism has grown. And to all creation refused to apologise—he’s afraid it Church of Australia to provide six “At the ACC’s 1996 Panama Lead us on, Great Holy Spirit, as we gather might cost the government positions in Synod for Aboriginal meeting I started to get a taste of the From the far corners of the earth money—but he’s looking at it with Australians as of right; and passed a rich Anglican flavour; and I realised Enable us to walk together in trust his head, not his heart, and saying bill formalising the National Aborig- that I am allowed to be me through From the hurt and shame of the past sorry is a matter for the heart. inal and Torres Strait Islander Angli- the Church’s diversity—Catholic, Into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ Amen. Be quick to catch Mrs Carey helps spouses share stories by Sally Hastings Daily Events Tomorrow the ‘Murder’ Eileen Carey, wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has interviewed 21 spouses of Anglican bishops from all over the 7.15 am Thursday July 23 Eucharist (Province:The Scottish Episcopal Church) by Bob Libby world about what it is like to be married to a bishop. followed by Bible Study video with Frank Sargeant, These interviews are published for the first time in a book Bishop at Lambeth 2 Cor. 3 special “Lambeth” perfor- A mance of T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” will be held in titled The Bishop and I. The subtitle is: “Taking the lid off the Church’s best-kept secret.” In her introduction to The Bishop and I, Mrs Carey talks 8.15 - 9.15 9.30 - 11.00 11.00 - 11.15 am am am Breakfast Morning Prayer and Bible Studies Coffee the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral about her own experience as the wife of the Archbishop of Can- 11.30 - 12.30 am Spouses: Workshops tomorrow at 8pm. terbury and her reasons for writing the book. She says:“One of - The Role of the Bishop’s Spouse (2) the most wonderful aspects of the work is the travel to many of the countries where - Creative there are Anglican congregations and to feel immediately at home with them.” 11.30 - 1.00pm Sections Inspired by these meetings Mrs Carey wanted to allow bishops’ spouses to tell 1.00 pm Spouses: Gentle Keep Fit Exercises to Music their own stories and provide their own insights into the Anglican Church around 1.00 - 2.30 pm Lunch the world. The result is a series of profiles of remarkable people whose skills, com- 2.45 - 3.45 pm Regional Meetings mitment and hard work form the backbone of the Anglican Communion. 2.45 - 5.15 pm Spouses: Presentation 2 ‘A Healthy World? Profiles include those of Mrs Thelma Mehaffey, wife of Bishop James Mehaffey Strategies for Hope’ Looking at Social Issues (Derry and Raphoe, Ireland) and Mrs Jennie Chesters, wife of Bishop Alan Chesters 4.00 - 5.30 pm Sections (Blackburn, England).There is also a moving account from Mrs Madeleine Kayum- 5.45 pm Evening Prayer (Province:The Church of Pakistan) ba, wife of Bishop Norman Kayumba (Kigeme, Rwanda). followed by Bible Study video with Richard Holloway, The first man to be married to a female bishop in the Anglican Commu- Archbishop of Scotland 2 Cor 4: 1-6 nion–Dr Ian Jamieson, husband of Bishop Penny Jamieson (Dunedin, New 6.30 - 8.00 pm Dinner/Free Evening Zealand)–also has contributed. 7.30 pm Spouses: Coffee and Tea in the Home Tent *The Bishop and I, written by Eileen Carey with Andrew Carey (Hodder Stoughton; £7.99). 8.00 pm Spouses: Women in Leadership, video and dialogue, led by Dr Jean F O’Barr, Director of Women’s Studies at Brief ly Duke University, USA. 8.30 pm The Market Place Events: Tickets for the performance are For ‘Crowning Glory’: This is a cru- Conference diaries: Additional Burrswood: Christian Centre for Healthcare and Ministry available only from the Enquiry cial evening,planners say.Scores/scripts / copies are now available at the Giles in the UK. Presentation by Dr Gareth Tuckwell and Mr Tim Mills. Office on campus.At press time only learner tapes, etc.,will be distributed.The Lane Enquiry Office. Grimond Lecture Theatre 3 a few £5 unreserved tickets were left. cast will be sorted, and what is more, Urban Bishops’ Panel: Dialogue with bishops involved The play will be performed for Songs of Praise (BBC1TV) will be film- Dr Carey to launch Cathedral in urban ministry. Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 and seminar rooms the general public on Friday and Sat- ing. Everyone who returned tied-off Education Centre: The Archbishop Ecumenical Church Loan Fund: WCC programme urday, July 24-25. Tickets for these slips to Veronica Bennetts (by post) of Canterbury will this evening lay the providing financial resources for church construction throughout the globe. Presentation by Mr George Petty, performances can be bought only at and/or who has signed up, please come foundation stone of the new Education Programme Secretary. Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 the public box office in the cathedral to: the Hexagon Tents tonight, 8pm Centre being built within the Precincts Springboard: Evangelism initiative at Lambeth Palace. precincts for £8 reserved and £5 (until 9pm). Coutiers/“jigsaw people” of Canterbury Cathedral.The primates Darwin Lecture Theatre 1 unreserved. required until 10pm. of the Anglican Communion will join Porvoo Bishops’ Reception: Opportunity to meet the The play is produced by “Group Dr Carey for the 8.45pm rites to bishops of the (Lutheran) Scandinavian and Baltic Churches. 81,” a Canterbury-based theatre Chapel open for silent prayer: A launch the two phases of construction, Eliot Junior Common Room (‘Possums’) group, and tells of the assassination of space for quiet meditation is set apart the first of which includes an auditori- Correction Thomas Becket at the hands of King upstairs in the Senate House and open um, classrooms and office, and the sec- Market Place Events Wednesday July 22 8.30pm Henry II’s henchmen on St Stephen’s to all. Members of the chaplaincy staff ond residential accommodation for Nifcon: (Network for Inter-faith Concerns) An evening of Day, December 26, 1170AD. are available for consultation. groups of up to 35 people. Inter-faith story-telling. Eliot Junior Common Room (‘Possums’) 4 The LambethDaily WEDNESDAY JULY 22 1998 addressed; otherwise theological Bryce (Polynesia), chair of the Ecu- Church: Cardinal Cassidy, Arch- Sections Daily chaos ensues, he added. menical Advisory Group of the bishop Alex Brunett, Bishop Philip “Is not some form of universal Anglican Communion and chair of Pargeter, Bishop Pierre Duprey and SECTION ONE authority necessary even while Section One, “Called to be One.” Rev Tim Galligan. Christians are on the way to uni- versal union?” he asked. “As we go After the homily, Metropolitan John Pergamon, representative of Bishop Griswold talked of the commitment toward unity that is Debt dominates into the third millennium, the risen Lord still calls us to go and make the Ecumenical Patriarch to the Lambeth Conference, led worship- “already in the mind and imagina- tion of God.” unfolding agenda disciples in the nations.” But Car- pers in the Niceno-Constantinop- By Nicola Currie dinal Cassidy added that divisions olitan Creed. Bishop Jabez Bryce of Polynesia reads Gospel. e have starved and sacri- within Christianity are a detriment to evangelism. Following the introduction of ecumenical guests, Photo by Lynn Ross “W ficed our children for pay- ing this world debt. Many unborn Mrs Gladys Chiwanga, of Tanzania, who read The Archbishop of Canterbury Bishop Carlo Lopez- children have to be born into slavery evening’s Epistle. Photo by Lynn Ross thanked Cardinal Cassidy for his Lozano of the Spanish because they are being born into reflections, commenting: “This is a Reformed Episcopal debt.” So began a presentation by Cardinal Cassidy: Vatican homily on which we will ponder Church led the inter- Bishop Geresom Ilukor (Soroti, official keynotes Vespers most carefully.” cessions. Uganda), one of the speakers at a Continued from page 1 Songs, hymns and litanies in the Dr Carey briefly meeting of all the members of Section service reinforced the theme of Chris- thanked the ecu- One yesterday. logues, just as they have drawn tian unity and Anglican diversity. menical guests for The meeting was chaired by attention to the problem of colle- Archbishop Patrice Njojo, of their participation. Bishop Peter Selby who is chairing giality within the Communion the Congo, read in French a litany Bishop Frank the sub-section on this topic. Interna- itself. of thanksgiving, and Mrs Gladys Griswold, Presiding tional Debt has dominated all the pre- “The theological practice of the Chiwanga, wife of the Bishop of Bishop of the Epis- Lambeth meetings and will be the local Church must be compatible Mpwapwa (Tanzania), read Eph- copal Church of the subject of a major conference plenary with the theological practice of the esians 1:9-12 in Swahili. U.S., introduced on Friday. Bishop Geresom outlined universal Church,” he insisted. The The Gospel, John 17:20-26, was representatives of what international debt means on a question of authority must be read in Greek by Bishop Jabez the Roman Catholic day-to-day basis in his own country. His presentation was followed by a forceful presentation by Ann Pettifor Bishop Swing: ‘United ive,” Bishop Swing says of his pri- Bishop Riah: Pressing for years by Christian evangelicals who of the Jubilee 20000 Coalition UK. Religions’ gains global support mary position for the past 19 dialogue on Middle East see the creation of the modern state The challenge facing the bishops Continued from page 1 years. Rather than a burden, this Continued from page 1 of Israel as the fulfilment of Old is how to help realise a cancellation of new work allows him to grow Testament prophecy. the unrepayable world debt and so important initiatives” SIGMA has and expand, he says, adding: “I’ve “I must say I felt unhappy to the Though he was tempted to save the lives of 21 million African seen. The group sent a design got a new story to tell and every- point of being sick,” Bishop Riah leave the Conference, Bishop Riah children that experts claim would be team to help UR plan regional one wants to hear it.” said in a press conference after the decided to stay and press for a dia- saved if funds were transferred from conferences and provided inter- plenary. He was so unhappy that he logue on the Middle East after debt service to health. national introductions that made Standing tall walked out during the plenary’s meeting with the Archbishop of it happen, Bishop Swing says. “I get tarred and feathered by a keynote address by David Ford, Canterbury. SECTION THREE Mr Dee Hock, who invented lot of people,” Bishop Swing readily Professor of Divinity at the Univer- “I had a word with Dr Carey the Visa card and its global system admits. Some see UR as an attempt sity of Cambridge. and we prayed about it,” he said. for moving money, has helped to to establish one religion while oth- The source of his distress was “We Palestinians have learned to Finding our place design UR’s unique organisation- al model. “We are clear that we ers are concerned about compro- mising the First Commandment to the play’s approach to the origin of Israel. Based mostly on the Old Tes- bury our dead and start again.” Bishop Riah said he was look- in global culture have to have the greatest author- have “no other gods but me.” tament story of Jacob wrestling ing forward to the challenge of edu- by Sarah Moore ity in smallest unit.” “When I spend time with Muslims with Essau in the Book of Genesis, cating bishops of the Conference “There is an emerging sense and come back to the Scriptures I the play ends with Jacob and Esau on the situation of Palestinian acDonaldisation” and of urgency at Lambeth for the need of UR,” Bishop Swing hear it like I’ve never heard it before,” he says, “It isn’t diminished embracing, and the cast writing “Judah” and “Israel” on two sticks Christians in the Holy Land.“Igno- rance breeds indifference. The only “M “Balkanisation” of cul- tures and “new tribalism” are terms observes. “Bishop Munawar but enhanced.” and joining them to symbolise the way to do away with indifference is emerging from Section Three as (Mano) Rumalshah, of Pakistan, “Exposure to the proliferation creation of the state of Israel. to invite them to come and see for bishops begin to discuss being a is in the real world of religious of faiths brings a humility to our For Bishop Riah this was an themselves,” he said. faithful Church in the plural world. persecution. own spirituality in relation to the affront to the people of Palestine, There is also a need for “a prop- In this time of “fragmenting “It’s not a matter of trading overwhelming, inexhaustible since Judah to them is the West er Christian-Christian dialogue on plurality... we must affirm our local interesting ideas here but desper- glory of God that outdistances Bank—home of more than 3 mil- Christian thinking,” especially identity on one hand and [affirm] ately trying to find an arena our grasp. It only energises my lion Palestinians and territory occu- related to the Old Testament, he that community, indeed, is possible where life can be worked out.” faith in God through Jesus Christ pied by Israel since the 1967 Six added. on the other,” said section consul- Bishop Swing says other bish- in the power of the Holy Spirit,” Day War. Bishop Stephen Sykes (Ely, tant Christopher Duraisingh, pres- ops are coming to the same con- he says of his experiences. “Judah today, in political terms, England), who coordinated the ple- byter of the Church of South India clusions. “There are people in Of his work on behalf of UR, stands for the West Bank-the occu- nary presentation, said he had seen and professor at Episcopal Divinity areas like the Middle East and Bishop Swing says humbly: “We pied West Bank,” Bishop Riah said, the play for the first time that School in Cambridge, Massachu- Kashmir who would welcome are embarked on a mission to do noting that the international com- morning and would consider very setts. the knowledge that there is a UR something unprecedented in munity supports a complete with- carefully the concerns raised by A major task today, Professor initiative,” he adds. human history.” drawal by Israel as a condition for a Bishop Riah. Duraisingh added, is that a God- “My diocese is very support- lasting peace. Director Paul Burbridge, who inspired community has a single Illustration by Marla Murphy By symbolically joining Judah helped script the play, said his team instruction: that God intended a with Israel, the play was uninten- was unaware that the language human community in the midst of Emblems of world faiths, from United Religions logo tionally lending credence to the might pose a problem for Palestin- diversity. cause of Christian evangelists such ian Christians. “It is unfortunate Yet “all churches are afraid of as Jerry Falwell who support con- that we have discovered a tripwire plurality. We simply are hesitant to tinued occupation of the West Bank that we didn’t know was there,” he see the Church today as polycen- by Israel, Bishop Riah said. said. tric.” If the writers had been more While they were aware of the The themes of globalisation and sensitive to Palestinian interests, theological connotations, they had localisation will thread through they would have included Ismael no inkling of the play’s political most conversations as bishops dis- and his issue in that scene, he said. overtones, he said. cuss the section report, then begin The divine blessing comes to all Mr Burbridge said he was sorry to share experiences and hear one who worship God, not Israel alone. for the unintentional slight and that another’s stories. He also would have preferred to he would meet Bishop Riah to “Christianity was born in a plu- see the presentation focus on the apologise. ralistic society,” said the section chair, Christian story. “There is so much Mr Burbridge’s company, Rid- Bishop Frederick Borsch (Los Ange- in the New Testament that we can ing Lights Theatre in York, has 21 les), and the different gospels “cause bring to the Conference on recon- years’ experience writing and stag- us to interpret them differently. ciliation,” he said, noting “we are ing biblically-centred plays and “Christianity does not so much the people of the New Testament.” sketches, and is known throughout have a culture, but seeks a culture in The Old Testament, he added, England and the Anglican Com- which it can become a living faith,” has been misused for more than 50 munion. Bishop Borsch said.
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