I received great news three days ago from the office of the manager of the Lambeth Conference. The e-mail says "we are expecting you at the Lambeth Conference". I was wondering when the invitation would arrive or even, some days, if it would ever come to Jane and me. Well, it is here and we are making plans to attend. We attended the Conference in 1998 when I was the Bishop of Northern California.
I am pleased to be going, but I am more pleased because this a clear sign from the Anglican Communion that the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is the only Anglican Diocese in all of inland Central California. I received this invitation because I am your Bishop and, therefore, entitled to attend the Lambeth Conference as the Bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
We have much work left to do in bringing this Diocese back together. But, rejoice, sisters and brothers, your faithfulness has been recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury and by the Anglican Communion.
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.
+Jerry A. Lamb
Bishop of San Joaquin
An email? From the "Manager of the Lambeth Conference"? (I didn't know there was such an office.) Shouldn't an actual invitation have come from Rowan himself? Color me skeptical for the moment, but willing to acknowledge the truth when it's a little clearer.
In the meantime, "mum" seems to be the word from Fresno on Bishop Schofield's travel plans post-GAFCON.
This is definitely a plot thickener. Discuss amongst yourselves.
UPDATE 6/3: The Living Church is reporting, with Bishop Schofield's Canon-to-the-Ordinary as a source, that the Bishop's invitation has not been rescinded, and that he is planning on attending Lambeth. So it appears that the Anglican Communion is on a trajectory (albeit a passive one, perhaps) toward de facto sanctioning of overlapping jurisdictions.