A smaller table at Lambeth, sadly
ENS has a release that says “The House of Bishops was informed March 10 that full invitation is ‘not possible’ from the Archbishop of Canterbury to include Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as a participant in this summer’s Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops.” [See update, below]
As I’ve said many times, I think all duly elected and consecrated Anglican bishops should be issued full invitations to next summer’s Lambeth Conference. This would include not only Robinson, but Bishop Martyn Minns and other CANA bishops, for example. If we need reconciliation, how will this be achieved without face to face opportunities for conversation and conversation?
I can understand the thinking that excludes the most controversial figures, but I believe the whole would be strengthened by the inclusion of all voices. To his credit, Bishop Robinson has urged his sister and brother bishops to “stay at the table.” His taking the high ground — along with the rest of the ECUSA House of Bishops — will help the situation.
Finally, a tiny concern. I wish the ENS release identified its author. Why “staff”? And who, exactly, informed the House of the Bishops of this development? Inquiring minds want to know where the information came from and who gave it to us.
UPDATE: The Lead has useful updates. There’s an explanation from three bishops who sought +Gene Robinson’s participation at Lambeth, and there’s text of +Robinson’s reply to the invitation to attend in a vastly diminished capacity. I applaud +Robinson’s character and tone in his reply. I admire him for declining graciously what many would perceive as an insulting offer.