9 November 2004
For Immediate Release
New York City — The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church will hold a roundtable discussion on Friday, January 28, 2005, at 7:00 PM to reflect on the finding of Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission on Communion and to consider the theological and ecclesiological implications of the report. What is at stake for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion? How should the Episcopal Church respond? How might the Anglican Communion change?
The panel, which is still in formation, will consist of a group of distinguished church leaders and scholars representing a variety of voices within the church. To date, the panel includes: the Rev. Ian Douglas, Ph.D., Professor of Mission and World Christianity at the Episcopal Divinity School; the Rt. Rev. Henry Parsley (GTS 1973), Episcopal Bishop of Alabama and Chair of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church; the Very Rev. Titus Pressler Th.D. (GTS 1972), Dean of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest; and the Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam (GTS 1984), Suffragan Bishop of New York and a member of the Anglican Consultative Council.
The Lambeth Commission was established by the Archbishop of Canterbury in October, 2003, to consider the nature of communion within Anglicanism with respect to the controversy surrounding the Episcopal Church’s consecration of an openly gay man as a bishop as well as recent developments in the Anglican Church of Canada. The Commission, composed of Anglican theologians and scholars from across the world, issued its report on October 18, 2004, which sets out a vision of the nature of the Anglican Communion and recommendations for the preservation and enhancement of the relationship of the thirty-eight autonomous provinces of the Anglican Communion. Additional information on the report is available from the Anglican Communion Official Website: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/search.aspx?q=windsor+2004.
“We believe that Episcopalians need to be informed about this report,” said the Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, President and Dean of the Seminary, “and we are delighted to host this forum which will bring together leading authorities to speak with lay persons and clergy in the New York area.” The forum is open to the public and will he held in Seabury Auditorium on the campus of the General Theological Seminary at 175 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Questions on the program should be directed to Ms. Helen Goodkin or 212-243-5150 ext 461.