BB NOTE: I too was there when Rowan Williams told the packed press room at the Lambeth Conference that he would be personally contacting all the bishops that didn’t show up for Lambeth for their thoughts and ideas about the Anglican Communion as well, which didn’t sit well with the Episcopalian media in the room as I recall. He also talked about delivering on the Pastoral Forum by October. Now we’re heading into late October with the autumn leaves blowing off the trees and it’s hard not to wonder if the Archbishop of Canterbury is just blowing off into the wind.
George Conger write about it here:
In the closing press conference, Dr. Williams said Lambeth had proven that the bishops could speak to each other respectfully and prayerfully, and had a “strong commitment to remain unified.”
Dr. Williams also acknowledged that unlike the 1998 conference, which ended with a one million-pound surplus, the 2008 conference had run into debt. According to an internal Conference document distributed to registered bishops, the budget for the meeting was £5.6 million excluding travel costs. On August 11, the Board of Governors of the Church Commissioners of the Church of England extended an emergency loan of £600,000 to help cover the estimated £1.2 million shortfall.
“The pieces are on the board” for the resolution of the Anglican conflict, Williams asserted. “And in the months ahead it will be important to invite those absent from Lambeth to be involved in these next stages.”
However, as of October 16, eight weeks after the close of the conference, Dr. Williams has yet to contact the boycotting bishops to take part in the “next stages.”
Nor has his delivered August 3 promise that “within the next two months” a “clear and detailed specification for the task and composition of a Pastoral Forum” would be delivered that included the “perspectives of various groups” within the communion.