Trinity Wall Street to convene partnership of Anglican bishops

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Trinity Wall Street is convening a group of bishops from Anglican Communion provinces in Africa and their companions in the Episcopal Church "for a consultation to strengthen relationships, develop mission partnerships, and to discover new opportunities to bear witness to the Gospel," according to a Trinity news release.

Hosted by Iglesia Episcopal Reformada de España, "Walking to Emmaus: Discovering New Mission Perspectives in Changing Times" will be held in El Escorial, Spain July 21 through July 26.

The consultation will be rooted in prayer and breaking bread together; using different liturgies from the provinces of the Anglican Communion to enrich the experience of the participants, the release said.

"Mission flourishes best through collaboration," said the Rev. Canon James G. Callaway, Jr., deputy for faith formation and development at Trinity Church. "This gathering provides an opportunity for people of shared faith and mutual responsibility to come together to further develop partnerships that address important needs in the world."

The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, the rector of Trinity Church-St. Paul's Chapel, noted that Trinity Church is an "active partner in the global south, especially strengthening the church in Africa by facilitating the ability of its leaders to take control of factors that influence their lives."

Read it all. There is a little more about this meeting here. Now, inquiring minds wish to know a lot more about this gathering: who planned it, what is the agenda, who made the invitations and how, who is actually coming, etc.--KSH.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)

Posted July 21, 2007 at 8:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

It may also be informative to discover who is on the invitation list. Does Trinity Wall Street have close connections with the province led by South Africa?

July 21, 9:03 am | [comment link]
2. DietofWorms wrote:

I personally had a conversation with a Bishop in Rwanda, who said a few years ago he was visited by representatives of Trinity Wall Street.

The Bishop said it was clear they were offering money/aid in exchange for accepting TEC’s innovations on human sexuality.

He told them to get lost.

July 21, 10:55 am | [comment link]
3. PapaJ wrote:

Translation:  We (Trinity Wall Street) will offer to through tons of money their way if they will see things our way and let us control things.

July 21, 11:48 am | [comment link]
4. BCP28 wrote:

Kendall has good questions that are interesting in light of present events.  I’m no real fan of TWS, but keep an open mind, people.

July 21, 12:22 pm | [comment link]
5. Husker wrote:

I have been told that +O’Neill of Colorado is attending.  Not surprised.

July 21, 1:48 pm | [comment link]
6. Bob from Boone wrote:

Had this invitation gone out five years ago, no one would have batted an eyelash. It is only because of the current “troubles” that anyone would question the motives of Trinity Wall Street. Sad.

I reject the notion that TEC tries to buy friends and supporters: that charge is putting the worst spin on things. I would want to talk with the bishop in Rwanda and find out what exactly was said compared to what he inferred.

July 21, 3:05 pm | [comment link]
7. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Reply to #s 4 and 6.

I agree that impugning motives before having all the facts makes it difficult to maintain civil conversation, but what we have witnessed going on within the leadership of ECUSA over the past several years has put many of us in a skeptical and dismissive frame of mind.

My general impression of the modern America political scene is that whoever has the money to buy support (witness Congressional ear marks and voter loyalty within Congressional districts) seems to seems to have undue influence over those seeking/accepting the money.  It’s called ‘buying political support.’

In the case of impoverished third world nations where very very little money goes a long long way, I find the old adage describing secular society’s ‘golden rule,’ “Whoever has the gold makes the rules.”

July 21, 4:42 pm | [comment link]
8. AnglicanFirst wrote:

Please amend ‘...“Whoever has the gold makes the rules.”’ of #7 to read
‘...“Whoever has the gold makes the rules,” to be applicable to any overture from ECUSA to the third world.’

July 21, 4:46 pm | [comment link]
9. Sherri wrote:

Had this invitation gone out five years ago, no one would have batted an eyelash.

Clearly, we weren’t paying enough attention five years ago.

July 21, 5:15 pm | [comment link]
10. azusa wrote:

If you want it, here it is, come and get it
But you’d better hurry ‘cos it may not last…
Did I hear you say that there must be a catch?
Will you walk away from a fool and his money? Sunnnny ...
- Badfinger, ‘The Magic Christian’ (1969)

July 21, 6:00 pm | [comment link]
11. Cennydd wrote:

PapaJ, you are right on the mark!  This is truly a crystal-clear financial power-play…..with a huge dose of arm-twisting tossed in!  “Do as we say, and you get to keep the cash…...oppose us, and you’ll get squat!

July 21, 11:20 pm | [comment link]
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