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From Ohio's Bishop Mark Hollingsworth: A Statement on Windsor Report

10/19/2004

  

 
[Episcopal News Service]   

St. Luke the Evangelist
October 18, 2004

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This morning the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission on Communion was presented to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates’ Meeting and the Anglican Consultative Council, and thus to us all. It is available in its entirety via a link on our website as well as through the Episcopal News Service. Also, a very helpful word from our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold is available on our website, along with statements from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, a member of the Commission.

I add my voice of gratitude and admiration to all who participated in the process of developing this document, and especially to Archbishop Eames and the other members of the Commission. The report is ninety-three pages in length, and while it deserves much study, a first reading reveals that it is invitational. It invites us into deeper reflection and conversation with one another, in our parishes, dioceses, national church, and Communion, about the nature of communion and what it means to live into such a culturally and ecclesiologically broad body as the Anglican Communion. The report invites us into a deeper humility and patience with one another, with ourselves, and with God, and it invites all of us into a deeper accountability to one another as Christians committed to the reconciling mission of Christ Jesus.

The bishops of Province V are gathering just before Thanksgiving to review and reflect on this work, and the House of Bishops will meet in January to do the same. As our companions across the Communion begin to do the same, I encourage you to study and reflect with one another, in congregations and deaneries and various configurations, and I look forward to joining with you in those conversations.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Bishop of Ohio