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[ENS] Letter to Williams calls for rejection of alternative primatial oversight

From "Matthew Davies" <>
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:37:49 -0500

Episcopal News Service February 14, 2007

Letter to Williams calls for rejection of alternative primatial oversight

By Mary Frances Schjonberg

[ENS] More than 900 Episcopal clergy and laity have signed on to an open letter developed by a coalition of Episcopal peace and justice organizations and sent it to the Archbishop of Canterbury before he left England for the Primates Meeting in Tanzania.

The letter ( calls on Archbishop Rowan Williams to reject requests for alternative primatial oversight ( because they "would pose a grave danger to the Anglican Communion."

According to information released with the letter, the effort originated from the Consultation Steering Committee, a network which includes representatives from Integrity (, Episcopal Urban Caucus (, Episcopal Peace Fellowship (, Episcopal Women's Caucus (, Union of Black Episcopalians (, Episcopal Ecological Network (, National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (, Province VIII Indigenous Ministries (, Episcopal Church Publishing Company (, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (, Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Advocates (, and Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (

The effort to solicit signatures for the letter began in late 2006.

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