Saturday, May 24, 2008

No 'final decision' about gays at gathering, says presiding bishop

Bishops will have opportunity to work out differences in closed-door discussion groups
Religion News Service

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori this week said she does not expect up-or-down votes on the role of gays and lesbians in the church at a meeting of global Anglican leaders in England this summer.

The Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade gathering of bishops from the 38 provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion, will instead be an opportunity for bishops to work out differences in closed-door discussion groups, according to organizers.

''I don't expect legislation at Lambeth. That's not why we're going,'' Jefferts Schori said. ''It's a global conversation. . . . It's not going to make a final decision about anything.''

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, has drawn up the guest list and guided the design for the meeting, July 16-Aug. 3 in Canterbury, England. the rest


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