Monday, July 14, 2008

Praying for Lambeth

Bishop Gibbs is on his way to England for the Lambeth Conference, along with other bishops from all around the world. They will meet together through the remainder of the month and ideally, there will be conversation and communion and a deeper understanding between the bishops.

The media frenzy is already underway in the UK, with New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson's sermon in a British church yesterday. This, coming on the heels of the Church of England General Synod vote to approve women bishops, is bringing issues of gender and sexuality to the forefront in the UK. It is no longer possible to pretend that these are issues only for the United States and Canada. There are many gay clergy in the Church of England, operating under a generous sort of "don't ask, don't tell" policy of their bishops. They are now making their presence known. British women clergy, who have faced tremendous resistance from their fellow clerics, are also getting their chance to speak.

At any rate, everyone needs lots of prayer over the next few weeks. Episcopal Life has posted this series of prayer requests to cover the Lambeth Conference. Print it out and keep the bishops and their gathering in your own prayers.

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