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July 11, 2008 1:00 AM

Canterbury Tales

Posted by Lance Dickie

The Lambeth Conference convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury every decade meets next week at the ancient cathedral site southeast of London. Church leaders from the United States have upset their colleagues in the worldwide Anglican Communion by having female priests and bishops, consecrating an openly gay bishop and blessing same-sex unions. This is an anxious time for the church at home and abroad.

The loose affiliation of 77 million members in 164 countries prides itself on independence from a central church authority, but the U.S. and Canada have pushed more conservative provinces to what many fear is a breaking point. Included in the international audience for the conference are the 33,000 Episcopalians in Western Washington. Please click below for a Q&A podcast about my July 11, 2008 column:

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