Wednesday, February 26, 2014

This just in.
At the request of the Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America, meeting in conference call on Tuesday, February 25, I have been asked to make the following statement:
“The Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America deeply regret the invitation by Dean Edward Salmon to Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori to preach at Nashotah House.  The insensitivity of this invitation to many of the loyal friends of the House is compounded by the proposed eucharistic context.  What is far more concerning, however, are the fundamental spiritual, biblical and institutional issues that the visit to Chapel raises.  We have trusted Nashotah House with our students, our prayers and our support, recognizing that the House also serves the Episcopal Church, and that a remarkable community has been built there.  We hope that ways can be found to restore the trust that this particular invitation has seriously shaken.” 
The Most Revd Robert Duncan, D.D. (Nashotah)
Archbishop, Anglican Church in North America
On behalf of the College of Bishops
We ought to be grateful for such a clear statement that not only addresses the decision itself but also the manner in which it was made and the underlying tensions at Nashotah.
The ball is now firmly in the Dean’s court as to “ways ... to restore the trust”.

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