BB NOTE: This is a general overview of early observations of what happened today in Canterbury. Stay tuned for more details. And please keep up the prayers.
Observers now report that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, hosted five other Anglican primates representing the majority of the membership of the Anglican Communion today at the historic Canterbury Cathedral for an emergency summit.
Early reports indicate that The Most Rev'd Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria, The Most Rev'd Gregory Venables, Primate of The Southern Cone, The Most Rev'd Emmanuel Kolini, Primate of Rwanda, The Most Rev'd Benjamin Nzmibi, Primate of Kenya, and The Most Rev'd Henry Orombi, Primate of Uganda (not sure about West Africa and Tanzania) joined the Archbishop of Canterbury for a focused time of prayer, conversation, as well as to share a meal together as they discussed the current state of the Anglican Communion and the establishment of the new Anglican province in North America. Observers report that the prayers and conversations continued into the afternoon and were deliberate, comprehensive, and open.
Other Anglican primates have signaled they will also officially recognize the creation of a new Anglican province in North America, called the Anglican Church in North America, including the primate of the Middle East, The Most Rev'd Mouneer Anis, and the primate of South East Asia, The Most Rev'd John Chew, as well as others. In addition, senior bishops in the Church of England and The Episcopal Church itself, as well as bishops from other provinces from around the world have also indicated their support for the establishment of the new province.
Mouneer Anis will host the Primates Meeting, one of the four official Anglican "instruments of unity" as the primates meet together for the first time in two years in Egypt (Jan. 31-Feb. 5).
Ruth Gledhill has more at her blog here, though not sure why she thinks nothing happened. She's British after all - she should know that British-forms of diplomacy are not like the American-sort, which apparently is one reason why we have new President of the United States. Of course, she does then say her headline is not quite accurate. What's up, Ruth? Rather have Wimpy's than Whoppers?