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Windsor Report 2004

The Windsor Report 2004

Foreword By The Most Reverend Dr Robin Eames
Archbishop of Armagh, Chairman of the Lambeth Commission

What do we believe is the will of God for the Anglican Communion?

That question has never been far from the minds of the members of the Lambeth Commission during the exacting work they have undertaken in the past year.

Since the 1970s controversies over issues of human sexuality have become increasingly divisive and destructive throughout Christendom. Within the Anglican Communion the intensity of debate on these issues at successive Lambeth Conferences has demonstrated the reality of these divisions.

The decision by the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (USA) to give consent to the election of bishop Gene Robinson to the Diocese of New Hampshire, the authorising by a diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada of a public Rite of Blessing for same sex unions and the involvement in other provinces by bishops without the consent or approval of the incumbent bishop to perform episcopal functions have uncovered major divisions throughout the Anglican Communion. There has been talk of crisis, schism and realignment. Voices and declarations have portrayed a Communion in crisis.

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