A three-day summit of Episcopal bishops was not able to resolve their church’s intense disputes over its new top prelate and the role of gays and lesbians in the church.
“We recognized the need to provide sufficient space, but were unable to come to common agreement on the way forward,” the bishops said in a joint statement following the closed-door meeting September 13 in New York City.
The 11 participating bishops—including Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori— met at the behest of the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
Williams is the spiritual leader of global Anglicanism, which includes the 2.1-million-member Episcopal Church. Representing Williams at the meeting was Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion. “It’s a positive sign that these difficult conversations have been taking place in a frank and honest way,” Williams said afterward in a statement.