[Anglican Mainstream] 3 June 2008--In a courageous move the Bishops of the Sydney diocese have responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to Lambeth with a “regret unable”. Instead they will be attending GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference) in Jerusalem during June this year. A special briefing was held at the Cathedral in March to explain this position.
Speeches wer e made by Mark Thompson, Robert Tong, Russell Powell and Phillip Jensen. The basic thrust was that Lambeth should be rejected on the basis that Bishops who supported the consecration of Gene Robinson have been invited. In addition to this, the Bishop of New Westminster has been invited despite his actions against parishes like St John’s Shaughnessy in Vancouver. To attend Lambeth would be an expression of fellowship with people that the Scriptures warn against associating with. GAFCON on the other hand is a more exclusive meeting of orthodox believers that aims to establish fellowship, renewed identity and a new future among Bible believers in the Anglican communion.