Friday, August 17, 2007

Archbishop of Canterbury will preside at "ecumenical service" in New Orleans, Sept. 20

BB NOTE: TLC reports that the "Archbishop of Canterbury to Begin U.S. Visit With Ecumenical Celebration" with the Diocese of Louisiana on September 20. What really catches our attention in this article, though, is that "10 archbishops from the Anglican Communion" will also participate in the service, which means they will also be in New Orleans for the TEC House of Bishops meeting (which also begins on September 20th). Who are the 10 Anglican Archbishops?

We are also somewhat curious about what is included at an ecumenical service? We sort of got the feeling that the Presiding Bishop's investiture was rather ecumenical. Wonder if there will be any Processing of the Smudgers this time?


From The Living Church:

8/17/2007

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Louisiana will celebrate the “Resiliency of Spirit” at a special ecumenical service Sept. 20 in New Orleans.

“We are humbled that the archbishop has accepted our invitation to visit and touch the mission of renewal and restoration on the Gulf Coast,” said the Rt. Rev. Charles E. Jenkins, Bishop of Louisiana.

The dioceses of Louisiana and Mississippi were devastated by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 25, 2005. Following an unprecedented domestic grant from Episcopal Relief and Development and individual donations from Episcopalians throughout the United States, the Diocese of Louisiana established a comprehensive humanitarian service ministry to assist with recovery and rebuilding of the New Orleans area.

In addition to Bishop Jenkins and Archbishop Rowan Williams, the service celebrating those efforts also will include ecumenical leaders from around the state, 10 archbishops from the Anglican Communion, and members of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, which is scheduled to meet in New Orleans Sept. 20-25. Following the service, Archbishop Williams will participate in the first two days of the bishops’ convocation.

Read the whole thing here.

5 comments:

RSchllnbrg said...

Talk about calling in some back-up. But who will be there, and who got to decide who will be there, hmmm?

And you know when you think about it, eleven is an odd number ...

Rick Arllen said...

Look at the bright side. This could turn into an opportunity to reframe the 'world famous' story of the last two Anglo Catholic priests in TEC swearing the next time will be the last straw as they process at the end of trail of apostate horrors at a service of the TEC glitorati. Certainly some good could come of ++Rowan's participation. Or not.

Kevin said...

Let's see ... New Zealand, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, hmmm, who else I wonder ...

Alice C. Linsley said...

Australia.

It may be fun to laugh at the smudgers, but Native American religion is more in line with historic Christianity than Schori's revisionist religion. They understand ashes on the forehead as ashes on the forehead, not some quaint observance of primitive Christianity that has no meaning for enlightened Christians today.

RSchllnbrg said...

Sorry Alice,

But what in the world is an enlightened Christian?

Sounds like something for which one needs an antidote ...