In her final blogs from the Lambeth Conference, Bishop Catherine Roskam of NY writes about the bishops’ discussions on human sexuality and about saying goodbye.
Her thoughts on the “sex talks” seem quite positive:
What can I tell you about all this? That we shared with honesty and without rancor, the latter being a most blessed change from Lambeth 1998. That the atmosphere here has been prayerful and hospitable. That we have shared in depth and thereby deepened relationships. But I cannot tell you that all our differences have been resolved. They have not, and some seem irreconcilable at times. It is a great sadness to learn how much misinformation still circulates about the Episcopal Church and the Church of Canada and how little is known of our efforts to remain in communion, some of which have engendered considerable sacrifice.
Nevertheless, what has been evident all along is the deep desire of everyone here to remain in communion. I hope and pray that with God’s grace, this will get us past our difficulties.
And in her final post, Roskam writes about all the Anglican bishops heading outside to boogie after the final Eucharist:
After the service we exited in the pouring rain for an outdoor picnic. As one Canterburyite said to us as she held her umbrella over our heads, “Welcome to an English barbecue!” After getting our food we hurried out of the rain into the auditorium where an exceptionally good band played music in the style of New Orleans. We were all very circumspect for a short while, but the music got to us, and before you knew it, bishops and spouses and our young stewards and monks and nuns were on the dance floor energetically responding to the beat in a variety of steps and styles, some I am sure never seen before! Different provinces danced with each other. Young and old danced together. The spirit of the room was pure joy. It was the kind of scene I would never have expected to see at a Lambeth Conference. But with God everything is possible. I am sorry that not all the bishops were there to share in this experience. But it is an image that gives one hope.
And now Roskam returns to her Dobbs Ferry office, from where she oversees Region 2 of the Episcopal Diocese of New York — Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.