An email from Bishop MacPherson to me regarding the Lambeth Conference

Dear Brad,

Again, congratulations on your 15th wedding anniversary this past week. Susan and I will share our 50th this Friday … with me in Canterbury and her in Alexandria! Sad, as this is a momentous and wonderful day in our lives shared.

With regard to anything to share, as you know we have spent our first three days “in retreat” and this did provide a pause before the rush of things before us. Every day begins with Eucharist and Bible study, and I am blessed with a great Bible study group. Not only an opportunity for some sound theological reflection on Scripture, but faithful prayer time.

Following worship at Canterbury Cathedral yesterday, we had our opening session for the introduction of that which is before us. I must state there have been a myriad of rumours as to whether we would be addressing the “creative tension” (and I am not making light of what we are in the midst of in the wider church, but rather, endeavouring to be polite). Based on what we heard in the reporting made to us, we will indeed be dealing with this. Needless to say, this came as encouraging news.

The Communion Partners plan continues to unfold in a good way, and we are pleased with the development and support of this that is evident here. As you may have seen, the public media over here is also talking about it. I will share more later on this.

Thus, this is where we are on the day in which things will, as you say, “begin in earnest.”

Please know of my prayers for our diocesan family, and my appreciation for the prayers that are being offered for the gathering here.

Blessings in abundance,


The Rt. Rev’d D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop of Western Louisiana
and President of Province VII

4 Responses to “An email from Bishop MacPherson to me regarding the Lambeth Conference”

  1. 1 Scott+ July 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    If the structure were not set up to do nothing, I might be encouraged by the bishops letter.


  2. 2 robroy July 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    More evidence that the plan of “moderate conservatives” that will leave the orthodox that have taken refuge under African provinces “out in the cold” is just the Communion Partners Plan.

    Why is not obvious to +John Howe, etc., that the name “Episcopal” is going to become a millstone that will drag all their efforts down? +Howe will be saying, “Don’t leave, we have a ‘special relationship’ with this or that overseas primate”, and the people will see the TEO going off the deep end after GC09 – gay marriages and homosexual bishops.

  3. 3 Alice C. Linsley July 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    For reconciliation to happen, Anglicans must be honest about the depth of division and hurt, as Dr. Rowan Williams has said in his Presidential Address at Lambeth. Anglicans must also face the reality that the world views marriage as unique and between a man and a woman.

    The link below takes readers to an essay that shows how this is true even in nations that have same-sex civil partnerships. It also shows how the Lambeth Conference is used by activists to advance their cause celebre.

  4. 4 edmcneill July 22, 2008 at 5:46 am

    a plan that leaves orthodox parishes in liberal dioceses without ability to call ortodox rectors or ordain orthodox seminarians is a failed strategy. It is like playing a game of attrition when you have already down a bishop and two rooks. Your opponent smiles and offers you wine.

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