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Splits in the Anglican Church have given the world the Methodist and Presbyterian churches, as well as many others. And we could soon see more.

Over 600 bishops from around the world have come together for a once-a-decade summit of the Anglican Church. The two weeks of meetings at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, will determine if the church maintains unity or splits over the issues of women bishops and homosexual clergy.

In July, the English branch (the Church of England) voted to allow women to serve as bishops and created worldwide controversy (see July 9 post). The division over ordaining homosexual clergy has grown since 2003 when the American branch (the Episcopal Church) appointed openly gay Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire.

Robinson has not been included in the meeting and a large number of conservative bishops, particularly from the Global South, are boycotting the meeting claiming the Communion is preaching a “false gospel” regarding homosexuality.

It should be an interesting two weeks! So, some thoughts on . . .

Women in ministry

Homosexuality

Church conflict

Church unity

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