The Anglican Communion has not invited same-sex spouses of bishops to the Lambeth Conference in 2020 when Anglican bishops from across the globe will gather in the United Kingdom. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, explained that while official invitations were sent out to all bishops, same-sex spouses are not invited to the conference. “The invitation process needed to take account of the Anglican Communion’s position on marriage which is that it is the lifelong union of a man and a woman” wrote Idowu-Fearon who went on to state that as a result “it would be inappropriate for same-sex spouses to be invited to the conference.”
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has had a series of private conversations by phone or by exchanges of letter with the few individuals to whom this applies,” continued Idowu-Fearon. The first Lambeth Conference met in 1867, with 76 bishops in attendance. Since then, the Conference has been held roughly once every ten years. Next year “it will be a time of addressing hurts and concerns; of deepening existing relationships and building new ones; of grappling with issues that face the Church and the world,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in a statement posted to the Conference website.
Welby went on “We will listen to each other; we will seek God’s wisdom to find ways to walk together; we will build each other up as leaders.” The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, is in a same-sex marriage and sent Archbishop Welby a two-page letter disagreeing with the decision. “When will the church accept to it the gift of the LGBTQ community?” she asked Welby, as reported by Episcopal News Service. “Young people are watching us. If they haven’t written off all of Christianity for being homophobic, they do find The Episcopal Church inviting and inclusive.”
Source: Christian Post