Spirit ‘sore yet hopeful’ following Lambeth Conference

Friday August 15th 2008

The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, has spoken of how his ‘pastoral heart was tested to the limit’ at the Lambeth Conference.

Expressing his first thoughts on his return from the Conference held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, the Bishop said his role as a Listener was not easy.

“My pastoral heart was tested to the limit as I felt the deep pain in our communion and a sense that this was not going to be fixed,” the Bishop states.

The Bishop speaks of many positive experiences arising from the once a decade gathering of the Anglican Communion, as well as some negatives.

His Bible Study group, he said, was for him the most affirming part of the conference.

The Bishop summarises his thoughts on Lambeth 2008 with the words: “I am weary in body, numb in my thinking and with a sprit sore and yet hopeful.”

The Bishop’s thoughts following the Conference can be read in full by visiting the Reflection on the Bishop’s page, please follow the link on the left.

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