Lambeth invitation ‘not possible’ for Gene Robinson

By on March 12, 2008

The U.S. house of bishops was informed March 10 that full invitation is “not possible” from the Archbishop of Canterbury to include Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as a participant in this summer’s Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops.

Bishop Robinson, addressing the house, urged the other bishops of the Episcopal Church to participate fully in the conference, and thanked all who are willing to “stay at the table.”

Bishop Robinson told the house that he respectfully declined an invitation to be present in the conference’s “Marketplace” exhibit section.

Bishop Robinson confirmed for ENS that he plans to be in Canterbury during the July 16-August 3 once-a-decade gathering, but not as an official conference participant or observer.

Word about the invitation came in a report from three U.S. bishops, speaking in the House’s late-afternoon session, who worked with Lambeth Palace staff to seek provision for Robinson’s participation in the conference.

The House of Bishops is in session through March 12 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas.

Bishop Robinson, an openly gay man ordained a bishop in 2003, was informed last year that an invitation to the Lambeth Conference would not be extended to him at that time.

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