Drell’s Commentary On Day 2 Of The Conference

I think the Bishops could all use a little air conditioning, cookies, cold milk, and a nap with a soft blankey. Everyone seems a bit grumpy from reports.

Based on what +Howe said, it looks like +Bruce is now the leader of the Communion Partners movement.

Oh, and the Lambeth Conference is bankrupt according to David Virtue:

It’s official. The Lambeth Conference is deeply in debt approaching $4 million dollars and church officials are scrambling to find the money.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the English bishops are ultimately accountable for finding the money and as of today they don’t have it. Media spokesperson Archbishop Philip Aspinall said a check for $100,000 had been received, but this is only the tip of what is needed if Anglican leaders want to hold off Bailiffs from Kent University appearing at their door looking for full payment.

Costs to bring the 600 bishops here from the four corners of the globe total $8.8 million plus travel costs. The Spouses conference is $2.4 million plus travel costs. There are 600 bursaries at $7,000 per head and more than half the money has yet to be raised to cover the full costs.

The speculation is that had the orthodox bishops come they could have covered the costs quite easily, but as they are not in tune with the theological Lambeth mindset, and have voluntarily withdrawn themselves, the liberals are hard-pressed to come up with the cash.

Apparently the American Episcopal Church has not been asked to cover the shortfall, and probably wouldn’t, as the bishops here are angry at the non-invitation of V. Gene Robinson the homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire to the Lambeth Conference.

Reminds me of the old saying of Mr. Miagi in the inestimable movie, the Karate Kid:

Walk on left side of road, okay, walk on right side of road, okay, walk in middle of road, get squeshed like grape.

Oh. They have 12 more days of this conference still to go. 12 more days. I don’t think they will make it. Plain and simple.

Hopefully, +Bruce will drop us an email to let us know how things are going, but, if I know him, and assuming the reports below are correct, he’s probably under a great deal of stress right now. I ask that folks keep him in your prayers, in the hopes that the Lord Jesus will comfort and strengthen him.

5 Responses to “Drell’s Commentary On Day 2 Of The Conference”

  1. 1 Jason Miller July 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Our prayers for Bishop MacPherson and all those standing for the historic Faith at Lambeth.

  2. 2 John Delmore July 22, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    The speculation is that had the orthodox bishops come they could have covered the costs quite easily, but as they are not in tune with the theological Lambeth mindset, and have voluntarily withdrawn themselves, the liberals are hard-pressed to come up with the cash.

    You’ve got to be kidding me…you mean that 25% from ‘oh-wo-wealthy Global South’? If they’ve mucked up the financials, just say so…don’t try to blow smoke up our collective ‘Southern Cones’ that it’s because the boycotters didn’t show.

  3. 3 Joe Roberts July 22, 2008 at 7:04 pm


    +Bruce is certainly in my prayers, and I’ll echo your call for prayers when next I post at my blog.

    By the way, I’ll bet our esteemed PB is pretty toasted right now as all of the elaborate efforts to highlight the poor and mistreated “Simple Country Bishop” seem to be getting a less than a stellar reception. Could it even be possible that some of the moderates in TEC’s HoB are even getting a bit tired of this circus? I sense that many in the Communion outside the “liberal western provinces” certainly are. We can hope and take comfort in the knowledge that through God, all things are possible!

    God’s peace to you.


  4. 4 pendennis88 July 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I really don’t understand the cost thing. First, I realize that we’re talking 600 bishops and their spouses for two weeks, but 8.8 million USD still seems an excessive cost. And I don’t understand how 200 bishops of the global south paying their 7k USD would make more than a dent. That is only $1.4M, against a deficit of $4M, and surely had they attended it would have increased some costs over what they are already. Even then, this deficit would hardly be a burden to Trinity Church Wall Street, and I believe there is also a rather large trust fund in Utah. I can think of worse things those trustees could spend the money on, and I’m sure they have some in mind. Though at least in the past, Trinity Wall Street was not the easy mark that some in 815 would have liked. Of course, the type of old Wall Street Episcopalian who kept an eye on those things isn’t much in evidence any more.

  5. 5 Michael July 22, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Given my experience at General Convention 2006, the sense of frustration and (yes, I’ll say it) boredom that seem to be coming through the communications from Lambeth surprize me not in the slightest. In Columbus, we sat around for days, listening to inane speakers talk about inane matters all the while being promised that the important issue facing the Church – THE WINDSOR REPORT – would get the attention and debate it deserved. After more than a week of stalling, our answer to Windsor was made through a hamstrung floor debate, a totally improper incursion by the newly elected PB into the affairs of the HOD and a last minute, cobbled together attempt to save ECUSA’s bacon that coincidentally denied that we did anything wrong.

    I predict that the same strategy is probably in the offing at Lambeth. Keep everybody talking about the adiaphora and hold off on the important questions until everyone is either tired or fed up or both. Hopefully with the leadership of wise and Godly men like Bishop MacPherson, the path forward will be somewhat less overgrown and easier to discern. Until that time, I am going to put my faith in God and in my Bishop.

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