Magazine article Anglican Journal

Evangelicals Ask Williams to Speak: Olive Branch or 'Shabby Tokenism'? (World)

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Evangelicals Ask Williams to Speak: Olive Branch or 'Shabby Tokenism'? (World)

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CHURCH TIMES

The Archbishop of Canterbury will have the opportunity to win over some of the hard-line British evangelicals who vigorously opposed his nomination after he was invited to speak with them.

However, some say the invitation is not enough, calling it tokenism and a "shabby compromise."

Archbishop Rowan Williams will offer prayers, but not an address, at the National Evangelical Anglican Congress in September. He will also speak at the Anglican Evangelical Assembly in 2004.

"We deliberately issued the two invitations together because we wanted to spend more time with our archbishop," said Paul Gardner, the archdeacon of Exeter and chairperson of the organizing committee for the September gathering. "But the agenda and speakers ... had already been decided before the archbishop was appointed."

Archdeacon Gardner said that the invitation to Archbishop Williams was "in no way tokenism." He would be given space to make some "opening comments" at the first session of the Congress, during the introductions, and before the main speaker, the bishop of Liverpool, James Jones. …

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