balance reporting on Eames Commission debate, a point well taken
Bendigo Synod speaks out on Spong theses
Probably neither you nor many of your readers will have heard of the Diocese of Bendigo in Australia. In spite of this, our Diocesan Synod, which met early in June, asked me to pass on to all the participants of Lambeth its reactions to Bishop John Spong's 12 Theses posted recently on the Internet.
Our synod resolution noted that many of the Bishop's points are a denial of the historic Creeds of the Church and so are a denial of historic Anglicanism. The Synod reaffirmed its commitment to the doctrines expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and separated it from the views expressed by Bishop Spong. The Synod also encouraged the Lambeth Conference to exercise leadership in reaffirming our belief in the historic creeds of the Christian Church.
It is hard for me to express the disappointment, disillusion and pain that was inherent in our Synod debate. I have sent the letter to you for publication so that I can show faith with the clergy and lay leadership of my diocese.
It was a pleasure to serve...
You will not want to publish this, but I feel that I should insist you do. For three weeks you and your colleagues have provided a daily overview of the important aspects of the Conference.You have somehow balanced the business of the Conference with a multitude of peripheral activities. You have acknowledged a range of people truly representative of the mosaic which is the Anglican Communion.You have managed to say ``thank you'' to all who have contributed so much, but with a significant exception. So let me say what you cannot, and would not say. A big ``Thank you'' to the Editor of The Lambeth Daily.
The sight of a dining hall full of people immersed simultaneously in their breakfast and The Lambeth Daily is probably sufficient for you, but I wanted you to see a word of appreciation in print, too.
`Seal with your Spirit all transfigurations'
Might I encourage you to print the following hymn, written on July 22 by Bishop Mazilamani Azariah, in response to the Conference's ``Bible,World and Church'' plenary? It is especially appropriate for the final plenary on the same theme which I am coordinating. Bishops of the Church in South India and North India have greatly appreciated the hymn, which has been set to music. Bishop Azariah has written more than 100 lyrics in Tamil.
A HYMN FROM ST PAUL
Father of mercies,
we praise you and sing,
In our affliction,
Lord, show us your face;
Pour out your
grace in the world and each heart
Heal and renew
all the word and its nations;
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