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January 7-11, 2013Ephesians 1:15-23:
Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all thesaints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of ourLord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in theknowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hopeto which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what isthe immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of hisgreat might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his righthand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and aboveevery name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all thingsunder his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness ofhim who fills all in all.
The Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops dedicated a week to meet together in
Orlando, Florida under the leadership of the Most Rev. RobertDuncan, Archbishop and Primate, to worship, pray, take counseltogether and do Bible study. The College was blessed to have a
number of special guests, including two dozen of the bishops’
wives. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali served as Biblical expositor,focusing on Ephesians and how it shapes our ministry to sharethe transforming love of Jesus Christ in North America. TheCollege was also honored by the presence and witness of BishopAzad Marshall of the Anglican Diocese of Iran.Throughout the week, the Bishops pursued healthy ways ofworking together that foster greater unity in Christ whilehonoring the diverse styles and ministries of the dioceses. TheCollege received reports from task forces on a variety of topics:
Theological Task Force on Holy Orders
The College of Bishops approved a Method of Procedure for the Theological Task Force on Holy Orders.It includes the following steps:
Phase 1 of this five-phase procedure was to identify and appoint bishops and other scholars tothe Task Force. This is now complete. At each subsequent phase, there will a report to anddialogue with the full College of Bishops.
Phase 2 now begins. The Task Force will explore how the Authority of Scripture functions in theChurch, addressing hermeneutical issues and the role of the Church's Tradition in biblicalinterpretation.
Phase 3 will explore the nature of the Church, clarifying the meaning of ordained Ministry andconsidering how the structure of the Church's ordained Ministry relates to the whole.
In Phase 4 the Task Force will discuss the arguments, pro and con, related to the ordination ofwomen, considering the relevant Scriptural texts and historical arguments, and reviewing studiesconducted within and without the Anglican tradition.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali