Rowan Williams stresses value of friendship in opening address to Anglican Consultative Council

In an opening presidential address to the Anglican Consultative Council, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams gave a lengthy description of problems in the Communion and then suggested “friendship” as an alternative to historical relationships.

“If it is difficult for us to stand together at the Lord’s Table as we might wish, can we continue to be friends,” he asked. “It sounds very weak; but I think it is actually of great significance. It is a way of saying that we do not know how to go on being visibly full brothers and sisters, that we can find no clear visible way of expressing any sense of being together in the Body of Christ. Friendship in Christ, it seems, is possible even when sacramental communion isn’t.”

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