Sunday, 11 March 2007

Williams wants TEC action by 16th March

[...] He also sets out the immediate steps needed to implement decisions made in Tanzania. Against the background of the 30 September deadline imposed on the Episcopal Church in the United States, these would include the swift setting up of a pastoral council to work with the Presiding Bishop, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori. This will appoint a Primatial Vicar to oversee dissenting congregations.

The proposals should be taken with “all seriousness and dispatch”, the Archbishop says. “Once a sufficiently strong scheme is in place within the Episcopal Church, then this should be sufficient for all dissenting congregations and dioceses to find their home within it.” Dr Williams says that nominations for two Primates to serve on the Council should reach him by 16 March. They will, he suggests, need skills in canon law, administration, and mediation, as well as pastoral insight and availability. Read more

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