Monday, February 12, 2007

Grassroots Oppose Division of Episcopal Church

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2007
Grassroots Oppose Division of Episcopal Church

In response to the request from seven dioceses of the Episcopal Church for alternative leadership to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 913 lay and ordained Episcopalians from all corners of the church have signed a letter opposing the action, calling it “a grave danger to the Anglican Communion.”

The letter also calls upon the Archbishop of Canterbury to widen the conversation about the request by including clergy other than the primates of the provinces of the Communion, as well as lay leaders.

Citing the Anglican Communion’s long history of living with diversity, the letter strongly opposes the division of the Church saying, “it is our fervent prayer that we continue to grow more deeply into the unity and the truth that are Christ’s gift.”

The letter was delivered to the Archbishop of Canterbury in advance of next week’s meeting of the Primates (the leaders of the provinces of the Anglican Communion) in Tanzania. The letter was coordinated by The Consultation, a coalition of justice and peace organizations of The Episcopal Church.

The full wording of the text is available at

Marge Christie, Episcopal Women’s Caucus, 201-891-3514,
Robert Brooks, Associated Parishes for Liturgy & Mission, 860-429-5013
Diane Pollard, Episcopal Urban Caucus, 212-932-0941,

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