At the final Lambeth press conference, Rowan Williams answered a question from the Church Times about whether the Anglican Communion is a Church. It seems clear that the Archbishop of Canterbury sees the "church" as a global ideal, that the "church" is the Anglican Communion and warns that local provinces, like The Episcopal Church, "get trapped in their local contexts. I think that’s a danger," he said.
I think the answer would have to be yes from where I stand. I hope that a little bit more mutual responsibility and accountability and a bit more willingness to walk in step will make us more like a Church. Not, I have to say it again, not a centralized body with enforced conformity but that has a willing acceptance of moving together.
More of a Church in the sense that that structure, as I again said in the Presidential Address, represents a bit of a challenge to the tendency for local churches to get trapped in their local contexts. I think that’s a danger. The catholic ideal, if you like, the global ideal, is one of the ways we push back against those tendencies.Rowan Williams
LATER: Of course, when we talk about "church" (with a little c) there's nothing quite like being back home again after seven rather intense days at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury. There were times when it was hard not to wonder - why are we doing this? And then we're home again and we remember.
The following is a short clip from the Eucharist service this morning at Truro Church in Fairfax, VA. It is good to be back home again.