Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop Delivers Powerful Addresses

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop Delivers Powerful Addresses

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Canterbury, England

The 2008 Lambeth Conference Will be remembered as the time that the Archbishop, of Canterbury Archbishop Rowan Williams delivered a series of speeches that gave his most thorough and direct response yet to those who have challenged, not just his leadership, but the fate of the 80-million strong Anglican Communion.

At the opening plenary, the spiritual head of Anglicanism said that the Anglican Communion is "in the middle of one of the most severe challenges" in its history, but said "whatever the popular perception, the options before us are not irreparable schism or forced assimilation."

In his second address, he made an . impassioned plea for Anglican bishops on both sides of the theological divide to "speak from the centre" and try, in the spirit of "patience and charity, to hear each other's entrenched positions on the controversial issue of human sexuality, have " a conversation of equals" and be "more like a church. …

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