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 (http://www.canterburyletter.org/) calls on Archbishop Rowan Williams to reject requests for alternative primatial oversight (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_76450_ENG_HTM.htm) 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 (http://www.integrityusa.org/), Episcopal Urban Caucus (http://www.episcopalurbancaucus.org/), Episcopal Peace Fellowship (http://www.epfnational.org/publish/index.shtml), Episcopal Women's Caucus (http://episcopalwomenscaucus.com/), Union of Black Episcopalians (http://www.ube.org/), Episcopal Ecological Network (http://eenonline.org/), National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (http://www.neac.org/), Province VIII Indigenous Ministries (http://www.provinceviii.org/networks.html), Episcopal Church Publishing Company (http://www.thewitness.org/), Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (http://www.enej.org/), Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Advocates (http://episcopalchurch.org/asian_american.htm?menupage=43038), and Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (http://www.associatedparishes.org/).
The effort to solicit signatures for the letter began in late 2006.
Full story: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_82463_ENG_HTM.htm
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