In a clear rebuff to conservatives in the global Anglican Communion, Episcopal Church leaders have rejected a September 30 deadline set by overseas Anglicans to roll back their church’s pro-gay policies, arguing that such decisions can be made only at the U.S. church’s triennial conventions—the next one being in 2009.
The church’s 40-member Executive Council, headed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, also on June 14 declined a proposal from Anglican archbishops to create a separate church structure for conservatives who reject her leadership.
The panel, meeting in Parsippany, New Jersey, questioned the power of overseas archbishops to “impose deadlines and demands upon any of the churches of the Anglican Communion or to prescribe the relationships within . . . our common life.”