1 July 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Integrity receives the Archbishop of Canterbury's reflection titled "The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today" as part of an ongoing conversation. Integrity President Susan Russell said, "Within Archbishop Williams' suggestions of possible ways forward, there is the hope that in loosening some of the ties that
bind us, we can as a Communion find a way to strengthen rather than
institutionalize the bonds of affection that have historically united us as Anglicans."
Integrity is committed to being part of that discernment process and committed to continuing to call the Anglican Communion to account for 30 years of failure to implement an authentic listening process. In Archbishop Williams' words, "It is true that, in spite of resolutions and declarations of intent, the process of 'listening to the experience' of homosexual people hasn't advanced very far in most of our churches..."
Integrity rejects the premise that the Episcopal Church-having engaged in the hard work of dialogue, debate, and discernment during the past three decades-has now acted precipitously
in opening the episcopacy to qualified lesbian and gay persons.
Responding to Archbishop William's statement that "we now face some choices about what kind of Church we as Anglicans are or want to be," Russell said, "The most important choice we face now is whether we will spend the next three years focusing on Mother Church or-in the words of our Presiding Bishop-elect-on Mother Jesus. We cannot live up to our call to be the Body of Christ in the world if we're spending all our time, energy, and resources arguing about how to be the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion."
(The Reverend) Susan Russell, President
Doug Ball, Executive Secretary