Dr Vinay Samuel responds to Bishop Tom Wright
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...To see GAFCON primarily as a product of manipulation and power-play is an offence to those who lead Churches with millions of members faithful to the Christian faith and growing in the midst of the most difficult challenges in the world. What drives them is the desire to continue to make the gospel relevant and accessible to a needy world. This is the motivation behind the calling of this global gathering. This same gospel encourages them to believe that the relationships between people of different cultures can be transformed from power-play to partnership.
BishopWright makes his case in defence of the leadership of his superior, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in calling the Lambeth Conference for all bishops in the current state of the canyon of division that separates the liberals and the conservatives in the communion. It is my hope that his superior distances himself from the spirit evidenced in Bishop Wright’s remarks. If he fails to do so, then those who have accepted the Archbishop’s invitation to go to Lambeth have every reason to believe that they will be entering a world dominated by the spirit of cultural superiority that marks Bishop Wright’s article.
Canon Dr Vinay Samuel Director, Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life Oxford
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