Monday, May 12, 2008

Ugandan primate's 'incursion' into Georgia violates Windsor Report, Presiding Bishop notes

From EpiscopalLife Online, +KJS's letter to Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi of Uganda [boldface mine]:

May 12, 2008

The Most Revd Henry Luke Orombi
Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala
PO Box 14123

My dear brother,

I understand from advertising here that you plan to visit a congregation in the Diocese of Georgia on 14 May of this year. The diocesan, Bishop Henry Louttit, has not given any invitation for you to do so, nor received any information from you about your planned visit. I must protest this unwarranted incursion into The Episcopal Church. I am concerned that you seem to feel it appropriate to visit, preach, and exercise episcopal ministry within the territory of this Church, and I wonder how you would receive similar behavior in Uganda. These actions violate the spirit and letter of the work of the Windsor Report, and only lead to heightened tensions. We are more than willing to receive you for conversation, dialogue, and reconciliation, yet you continue to act without speaking with us. I hope and pray that you might respond to our invitation and meet with representatives of this Church.

I remain

Your servant in Christ,

Katharine Jefferts Schori

cc: Bishop Henry Louttit
Archbishop Rowan Williams

Funny, I thought the Primates did speak - at Dar-Es-Salaam, and were ignored.

And the accompanying news story [boldface mine]:
Archbishop of Uganda Henry Orombi's actions to visit a Savannah congregation on May 14 without the invitation of Episcopal Bishop of Georgia Henry Louttit "violate the spirit and letter of the work of the Windsor Report, and only lead to heightened tensions," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori wrote in a May 12 letter to Orombi. . .

According to reports, Orombi plans to meet May 14 with clergy and laity who voted in October 2007 to disaffiliate with the Episcopal Church. The group continues to occupy historic Christ Church, Savannah, while the continuing Episcopal congregation meets at Savannah's Church of St. Michael and All Angels. Christ Church, Savannah, dates from 1733.

So, ++Orombi is meeting with an Anglican church that is not part of the Diocese of Georgia. I don't see the problem here, but read it all.


Hening said...

I wonder if Paul used to get letters like this before a visit from the pagans of his time?

Incursions of Christianity are verboten!!!

Uberfuehrer Waffen Big S

Anne Coletta said...

Somehow, I don't think ++Orombi will be intimidated at all!