Tuesday, July 20, 2010

GERMANY: Archbishop of Canterbury to deliver keynote speech to Lutherans

Story courtesy of EpiscopalLife Online and the Ecumenical News International, Geneva.  Now let's see what trouble the ABC will stir up among our Lutheran "brethren" [our sisters and brothers]...read the story below

Ecumenical News International, Geneva] Lutherans from around the world are converging on the German city of Stuttgart for the 11th Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, where on July 22 Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will deliver the keynote address.

Williams, the spiritual leader of the 78-million-strong Anglican Communion, may offer advice in his keynote address on how to deal with the issue of clergy who are in same-sex relationships, as this issue has left his communion verging on a schism and has triggered fierce debate among Lutherans.

The Geneva-based LWF comprises 140 member churches in 79 countries, representing more than 70 million Christians, and it is expecting an estimated 1000 people, including 418 delegates from Lutheran churches, to participate in the Stuttgart assembly.

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2 comments:

Mompriest said...

I'm sure he was invited to be the keynote speaker and perhaps because somene thinks he has something wise and significant to say about this journey that churches/denominations are travelling...its just really sad that he has compromised his ideals for some illusion (delusion) of unity.

Lisa Fox said...

Good grief! Surely the Lutherans did not invite him to give advise on same-sex relationships. He's done a mighty piss-poor job of it in his own church and in mucking about in the other, autonomous churches of the Communion. The phrase, "Physician, heal thyself!" comes springing to mind.