Through gritted teeth Justin Welby tells synod he is “keen to increase attendance at any event that encourages the flourishing of the whole of the Anglican Communion”.
Is it OK to attend GAFCON 2018? And will those who want to attend from the Church of England be encouraged to do so?
That was the gist of the question asked by Susie Leafe, former Director of Reform, at the Church of England’s General Synod yesterday.
Here is the question, and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s answer:
Mrs Susie Leafe (Truro) to ask the Chair of the House of Bishops: Q10
In the light of the view taken by the World Mission and Anglican Communion Panel that international relationships “contribute to the development of discipleship and mission in the Church of England” what plans have been made to support and encourage those bishops, clergy and laity who plan to attend Gafcon, probably the largest international Anglican gathering taking place this year?
The Archbishop of Canterbury to reply as Chair of the House of Bishops:
A We strongly agree with the view of the Panel that international relationships contribute to the development of discipleship and mission. I am personally pleased that every diocese has some link to Anglican Provinces across the world, and we are keen to continue developing these relationships. The recent Primates Meeting underlined the importance of such relationships. I have had conversations with, and listened to, the views of those planning to attend the Gafcon conference, and am keen to increase attendance at any event that encourages the flourishing of the whole Anglican Communion.
Source: Anglican Church League