2022 Resolution #6:
Listening to Lambeth 2022

Secretary of the Convention

Last Update: July 31st, 2022

Status 
This proposed resolution is being reviewed by the Committee on Resolutions and may not be in its final form.

Resolved, That the 173rd Convention of the Diocese of California affirms our commitment as a diocese to listen to the global voices of the Church that came together in that the Lambeth Conference 2022 and take up the calls issued forth by all of the bishops of the Anglican Communion; 

Resolved, That we commit as a diocese in a province of the worldwide Anglican Communion to intentionally explore how we can incarnate the distinctive wisdom of Lambeth in our deaneries and parishes; that we explore each of the themes taken up at Lambeth, including: Mission and Evangelism, Safe Church, Anglican Identity, Reconciliation, Human Dignity, Environmental Sustainability, Christian Unity, Inter-faith Relations, Discipleship, and questions on the relationship between the Sciences and our Faith; that we will adopt these calls in ways that are both faithful to our distinctive diocesan character and yet learn in humility from our Christian siblings in other dioceses and provinces; that we reject a provincial conception of Christian faith and Anglican identity while committing to be the Anglican Communion here in this Episcopal diocese; and that we reaffirm our commitment to be one Body, the Body of Christ, living by the one Spirit in the one hope, following one Lord, one faith, one baptism, under one God who is Father and Mother of all, sharing with all Christians in the one loaf and the one cup (Eph. 4.4-6; 1 Cor. 10.16-17); and

Resolved, That we will adopt the wisdom of the bishops at Lambeth Conference 2022 by discussing the calls affirmed by all the bishops in our parishes and deaneries; that each parish community endeavors to engage in the Lambeth 2022 global commentary bible study on 1 Peter published by SCM Press; that each parish community endeavors to use the Archbishop of Canterbury’s book The Power of Reconciliation as a parish book-in-common in the coming year; that each parish in the coming year listens to liturgy and teaching from unfamiliar provinces across the Communion; that each parish community shares with its deanery in the coming year ways their parish has taken up some of the various calls and will endeavor to live them out. 

Explanation:

We are Episcopalians because we believe the Church is simultaneously local and global. For the first time in 14 years, the worldwide Anglican Communion gathered its bishops at Lambeth for prayer, worship, and reflection on the issues facing the Communion. It was the most representative Lambeth yet, with more than 70 women bishops in attendance, the inclusion of bishops from sexuality minorities, and representing more than 160 countries around the world. Lambeth is an opportunity for us to see and be the Church beyond the borders of our diocese. How people live and practice Christian faith and ministry in other contexts can and should be a guide for how we are the Church here in our local community. The aim of this resolution is prevent Lambeth from being a distant and high level episcopal gathering that has little impact on parochial and diocesan Christian practice in the Diocese of California. It will be another decade at least before another Lambeth is held, giving the Diocese of California ample opportunity to live into the wisdom and live out the calls of Lambeth 2022.

Submitted by:

Michael Fitzpatrick, Delegate, St. Mark’s Palo Alto, m.c.fitzpatrick@outlook.com