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This week the primates of the various provinces of the Anglican Communion
are meeting in Portugal, in the town of Oporto. We at Anglicans Online
join the many people
around the world who are praying for a beneficial outcome of that meeting.
The Church Times reports
that those in attendance are likely to downplay the magnitude of
the challenge posed by the Singapore
The issues of authority and jurisdiction of course loom large at this
time. We bring to your attention several articles that treat those thorny
issues. L. William Countryman writes on 'Anglicanism's
entangled sense of authority: a tradition that allows for great disagreement'
and Ian Douglas, a member of the faculty at Episcopal Divinity School
(Cambridge, Massachusetts) offers 'Authority
after colonialism,' beginning his article this way: 'Even to the
casual observer, Lambeth 1998 was not the garden party of yesteryears.
For the first time, Anglicans in the industrialised West had to wrestle
deeply with the reality that the Anglican Communion is no longer a Christian
community primarily identified with Anglo-American culture.'
Reverend Mark Harris, an ECUSA priest in the Diocese of Delaware, in
Jurisdiction in This Realm": On the matter of intervention and
autonomy in the Anglican Communion'
tackles the problems inherent in a more unified federation of provinces
and national churches.
in The Living Church is 'Ecclesiastical
rules for fair fighting', which offers guidelines for creating
a climate for reasonable discussion--whether at the parish or primate
the diocesan level, we welcome this week new web sites for the Diocese
of Indianapolis (ECUSA) and the Diocese
of Machakos (Kenya). And all our new links are in New
This Week, as usual.
season of Lent is a period of preparation, of making ready, and the
Anglican world (at least as we receive it here) is silent. We won't
say 'oddly silent' because we don't think it's odd at all to be more
or less silent during Lent. But there is a noticeable decrease in new
links. (Perhaps Lent is a good time for those of you with no parish
or diocesan web site to begin making one?)
you next week, at which time we shall report on the Primates meeting
in Portugal. If something really newsworthy happens, we'll publish a
updated: 19 March 2000