Episcopal bishops in the USA say attempts to impose a parallel leadership on them and to make them exclude gay people are against Gospel and Reformation principles. They have asked to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In the aftermath of a tense Anglican Primates (provincial heads) meeting in Tanzania, under-fire Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church in the United States has briefed the community of people who work at the denomination's Centre in New York on how oversight will be offered to a church divided on issues of sexuality and biblical interpretation.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who is spiritual head of the fractious 78-million strong worldwide Anglican Communion, has described the decisions taken by the recent Primates (heads of provinces) meeting in Tanzania as a trust-building exercise to preserve unity in the face of disagreement.
A slave market whipping post once stood where the high altar now rises inside Zanzibar's 127-year-old Christ Church Cathedral. Here the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, began the Eucharist on 18 February 2007 with prayers asking "forgiveness for the past, mercy for the present, and humility for the future" - writes Bob Williams for Episcopal News Service USA.
Seven 'Global South' archbishops refused to receive Holy Communion with their fellow Primates on 16 February 2007, at thir Tanzania gathering. They alleged that they were "unable to come to the Holy Table with the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church [USA] because to do so would be a violation of Scriptural teaching and the traditional Anglican understanding" - writes Matthew Davies for Episcopal News Service