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From the Bishop

Second meeting of Windsor bishops at Camp Allen

A second meeting of the so-called “Windsor Bishops” in the Episcopal Church will be held Wednesday through Friday, Jan 3-5, 2007, at Camp Allen, near Houston. We first met in September of last year and scheduled this meeting time as a follow-up gathering. About 22 or so Diocesan Bishops are expected to be present.

Windsor Bishops hold that Lambeth 1:10 is the teaching of the Anglican Communion on matters of human sexuality, and we are committed to the Windsor Report as the way forward for the Communion as regards its recommendations against the blessing of same sex unions and the ordination of persons engaged in sexual relations outside the bonds of Holy Matrimony. We are agreed that the response of the 2006 General Convention to the Windsor Report is inadequate, and we are intent on remaining in an unimpaired relationship to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

Present with us will be Archbishop Drexel Gomez, Primate of the West Indies, who chairs the committee working on the development of the Anglican Covenant, Archbishop Donald Mtetemela, the Primate of Tanzania, and Bishop Michael Scott-Joynt of the Diocese of Winchester in England. Presentations will be made on the upcoming Primates Meeting to be held February 12-19 and on the work of the Covenant committee. We also will be discussing the current situation in The Episcopal Church, the concern for representation of the Windsor Bishops at meetings of the Instruments of Unity, and responses to parishes and dioceses who are seeking alternative oversight.

In extending the invitation to attend this meeting, host Bishop Don Wimberly of the Diocese of Texas said, “We are approaching a critical junction in the life of our church and the life of our Communion. Our discussions are both timely and of extraordinary importance.”

I hope you will lift up this important meeting in your prayers.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth