The Episcopal Church bishops, waiting for the shoe to drop in London, ended their fall meeting expressing confidence that “our household of faith is large enough to embrace us all” despite acknowledged divisions over the majority’s approval of a gay bishop and tolerance of same-sex unions.
Several bishops, including conservative leader Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh, boycotted the meeting in Spokane, Washington. Some 130 bishops attended it, far fewer than the 160 bishops who met last spring in Texas.
In addition, the bishops were informed at the close of the meeting September 28 that Duncan had announced the same day the creation of the Anglican Relief and Development fund to rival a similarly named Episcopal relief agency. The ARD would accept funds that traditionalists want handled by the dissident Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, of which Duncan serves as moderator. Eight of the church’s 112 dioceses have joined the network.