Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Report of the Lambeth Commission will have direct and indirect implications for each of us, our congregations, our Diocese, and the Episcopal Church in the USA. With the release of the Lambeth Commission’s Windsor Report on Oct. 18, I would like to share with you how I intend to respond to the report.
First, I will personally read the Report when I receive my copy. It is reported that the Report will be more than one hundred pages in length. Given the charge given to the Commission by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it will be weighty and demand our careful reading and reflection.
Second, after I have read and reflected upon the Report, I will share my reflections with the Diocese (posted on our website). It would most presumptive of me to make any statement or decision about the Report without having read the Report in its entirety.
Third, I intend to schedule gatherings of clergy and lay persons throughout the Diocese to discuss the Report. It will be my assumption that we will have all read the Report prior to our discussions at these gathering. The dates of these gatherings will be included in my letter to the Diocese. I will attend these gatherings.
Fourth, I will participate fully in the plan adopted by the House of Bishops to receive and respond to the Report. This plan includes a meeting of the bishops of Province 8 before December 1, a meeting of the Presiding Bishop’s Council of Advice in December, and a special meeting of the House of Bishops on January 12-13, 2005, in Salt Lake City. Our discussions at our Diocesan gatherings will hopefully provide me with reflections that I can take with me to each these meetings.
Finally, I encourage all members of our Diocese to engage in prayerful and thoughtful discussion and reflection on the Report. Read the actual Report rather than a summary of the highlights. Pray that we will hold other in prayer as we engage in our respectful conversations.
Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Richard S.O. Chang,
The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii