October 18, 2004
Kinston, North Carolina
This morning, the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission on Communion was released to the thirty-eight member Churches of the Anglican Communion. The Lambeth Commission was created in 2003 by the Archbishop of Canterbury and chaired by the Archbishop of Armagh. The Commission's work has been to recommend to the world-wide Anglican family of independent national churches how we might live into a deeper spirit of unity despite some significant theological differences.
The members of the Lambeth Commission represent the wide range of theological perspectives that characterize the diversity of the Anglican Communion. The Report speaks clearly and directly to Jesus' call to deeper unity and reconciliation, not for the sake of the Church, but for the sake of the Church's mission to a broken and divided world.
I am committed, as a bishop of the Episcopal Church, to receive the Report with an open mind and spirit and to consider it in an humble and obedient manner, listening to what our Anglican family of churches have to say as brothers and sisters to one another as we seek to maintain and deepen the historic bonds of affection and Gospel witness that are hallmarks of our Anglican tradition.
I am confident that all member churches will, in the words of St. Paul, "make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of Peace" (Ephesians 4:3). I intend to do so out of a deep commitment to the Gospel mission of working for peace and
reconciliation among all peoples and nations.
Over the coming months, the Report will be prayerfully considered and assimilated throughout the member churches of the Communion. This will certainly be the case in the Diocese of East Carolina.
The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel,
Bishop of East Carolina