Monday, September 12, 2011


Chris Hansen, an American expatriate now living in London, writes from over there on the article in the Telegraph and the rumors floating about regarding the resignation of Abp. Rowan Williams.
My first reaction was "Oh, Queen Anne's dead." (what you say in the UK when someone relates old news to you). Last year Rowan publicly stated that he would not serve until 70, and the current trend is for most bishops, except for those who love the office more than life itself, to retire around the age of 65.

One thing that Wynne-Jones got right is that the tenure of an ABC revolves wholly around the Lambeth Conference. In recent times only Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher stayed around for two Lambeths (he had to be told by his secretary in 1961 that the time had come for him to make a graceful, if tardy, exit). Every Archbishop since has been appointed long enough before a Lambeth Conference to do effective planning, and resigned at a time before the next one that would allow his successor to do the same.
Read the rest over there.


  1. Mimi, do you read The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley, a blog concerning a coven of Druids who face many of the same issues that Anglicans do? I am devoted to the Beaker Folk! Anyway, there are rumors that their Archdruid may retire...

  2. Pamela, I don't, but now that you've called the blog to my attention, I will have a look.

    I can see how archdruids and archbishops could have much in common.


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