The Revd Susan Russell, President of Integrity USA and the Revd Caro Hall, a member of the Integrity Board, have been in London from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 October to further develop an integrated strategy with Inclusive Church and Changing Attitude for our presence at the Lambeth Conference 2008. Caro Hall was a member of the Integrity/IC/CA team at the Primates meeting in Dar es Salaam in February 2007 with Colin Coward (CA England), Davis Mac-Iyalla (CA Nigeria) and Scott Gunn (IC USA).
The Reverend Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, accompanied Susan Russell and Caro Hall on Tuesday morning to the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) in Westbourne Park, West London, for a meeting with Mr David Craig, Administrator for the Lambeth Conference, and the Revd Canon Phil Groves, Facilitator of the Listening Process.
We were briefed by Mr Craig about the developing outline of the Lambeth Conference. He expressed the hope that groups representing all shades of opinion within the Anglican Communion will be present to resource the overall aim of the Conference – to enable the bishops gathered there to be better leaders of God‘s mission in our world.
Canon Phil Groves outlined the development of his work in facilitating the listening process, responding to our concern that safe spaces are created across the Communion for LGBT Anglican voices to be heard. Canon Groves outlined the proposals for enabling bishops gathered at Lambeth to engage with his work of facilitating the listening process undertaken in response to Lambeth Resolution 1.10 of 1998.
Following the meeting at the ACO, Susan, Caro and Colin joined members of the Inclusive Church St Anne’s Forum where we outlined our particular vision for the Lambeth Conference, shared information and developed our plans.
On Thursday, Susan Russell and Caro Hall met a number of Changing Attitude trustees over lunch. We reviewed the information received from meetings the previous day and talked in detail about our ethos and shared vision.
In our conversations, we were aware that LGBT members in other parts of our Communion were not directly present. They include Changing Attitude and Integrity groups and members in Brazil, Europe, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa and Uganda. They will be involved in the development of our plans and will be an integral part of our team at Lambeth.
The Reverend Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude England, said:
“The visit to London of Susan Russell and Caro Hall from Integrity has enabled us to meet and pray together and share a common vision for our presence at the Lambeth Conference 2008. Specifically, we have had been able to develop in detail our plans for Lambeth and lay the foundations of a strong working relationship.
“We are praying for our Archbishop, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, for the Lambeth Conference Design Group and for the staff of the Anglican Communion Office responsible for organising the Conference in detail.
“Changing Attitude, Integrity and Inclusive Church represent people who are Anglican to the core. We are orthodox, faithful, mainstream Anglicans. We are committed to the mission of the Church, to ministry in the Church, and to the unity of the Church in Christ. We are people telling the good news of God’s infinite, generous, passionate and compassionate love for creation revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“We will continue to work for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in the Anglican Communion. We are NOW fully part of the body of Christ, present in the church at every level of ministry in every part of the Communion. We will bring to light those things now hidden in darkness, the ministry and gifts of tens of thousands of faithful LGBT Anglicans in every Province of our Communion.”