These updates on the Lambeth Conference from Bishop Burgess originally appeared on social media.
Bishop and Denise Burgess at Canterbury Cathedral for the closing mass of the 2022 Lambeth Conference and the Cathedral Close following the Dismissal.
Please keep the Bishop and Denise in your prayers as they travel back home to Illinois!
Days 10 and 11
As I begin to write this report to my Diocesan family, I have just left a gathering of my Bible study group within a campus pub for the expressed purpose of cheering to victory either the South African or New Zealand rugby team in the Commonwealth Games. Since my group has both a South African and a New Zealand bishop, it was quite imperative that we participate in even a tangential way. Rugby is a bit like American football except for the fact that there are no downs and huddles are quite important to the overall success of the game. When I left to ready for the rest of the evening, South Africa was ahead of New Zealand 10-0.
The past few days have realized tremendous keynote speeches and quite engaged call discussions. I spent most of Friday a bit under the weather due to such an abrupt and constant change in diet. I am much better now and was fully engaged in Saturday’s offerings to include the keynote address from His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelism, Rome. He spoke passionately about a future for the Church that is dependent upon strong as well as authentic ecumenical relationships across communions. This is the stance that I offer my discussion group on Thursday when we were asked to discuss the ecumenism call (Christian Unity). I asked our group if the Anglican Communion is strong enough and gracious enough and patient enough to approach ecumenism from a position of restraint. A position that waits for brothers and sisters in Christ to catch-up before we take that next uncharted step toward promise together. Cardinal Tagle reminded us that the word “exit” finds its definition in the word “exodus” – a way out. Are we on exodus together or are we simply looking to leave a building that is no longer safe for us as individuals?
The Lambeth call session on Science and Faith orchestrated by the Anglican Communion Science Commission exhibited a great deal more energy than I was expecting. It is to be noted that this call was considered on the 77th Anniversary of our detonating of the atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima as the end to a brutal and most devastating war. My table of bishops arrived pretty quickly at the point of expecting a return to the right ordering of things in our pursuit for truth. Specifically, a return to a time when Theology stood far and above any other pursuit of revealed truth as the Queen of Sciences. God chooses to reveal Himself. Science is an expression of God’s revelation. This is also the Feast of the Transfiguration. When it was we were shown how humanity has the capacity to be the tabernacle or hold in itself the Divinity of God as shown through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Even Albert Einstein agreed that, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” We asked the Science and Faith Commission to consider adding words that pertain to responsible management of such fast paced scientific discovery. Unbridled discovery and advancement in the academy of sciences without a moral or ethical equation being addressed is irresponsible.
Tonight, Denise and I attended dinner at The Old Palace, the Canterbury home of Archbishop and Mrs. Welby. The entire evening was more than lovely, generally gracious, and surprisingly relaxing. We dined within their garden al fresco. Denise and I spent a good deal of time getting to know Bp Joseph “Joey” and Mrs. Jenn Royal. Bp Joey is one of three suffragan bishops for the Dio. of the Arctic. He has a wonderful sense of humor that blends perfectly with his sense of reverence. Together we explored the Old Palace dining room. I casually met the Archbishop of Canterbury and had a moment to thank him for his tireless commitment to our Communion. I gave him a lapel pin of our Diocesan shield and he was kind enough to allow the moment to be captured in a photograph. Denise also had a very special moment with Lady (Caroline) Welby. They shared some time in Bible study together during our time at The Lambeth Conference.
What have I learned? I have learned that the Episcopal Church USA is not the big dog on the front porch. In fact, we’re not even the dog. The Anglican Church in Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda are. They are growing at a rate so much greater than our decline. They are faithful, true, and bold under conditions of tremendous adversity. Just because one does not look you straight in the eye (a Western trait) does not mean they don’t love you enough to have holy expectation for you. A bishop who no longer holds jurisdiction in Canada was exchanging small-talk with the Archbishop of South Sudan. She asked about his children and learned that he has young adult sons. She thought it humorous to mention that she has unmarried daughters and that an introduction might be in order. The Archbishop of South Sudan looked at the Canadian bishop and asked, “Can they dig? We need women who can dig.” I find that response quite interesting coming from an Archbishop of one of the fastest growing provinces of the Anglican Communion. Perhaps that should be one of the first questions we ask our aspirants or those aspiring to Holy Orders, “Can you dig?” Because like the Anglican Church in South Sudan, in the Diocese of Springfield, we only plant and grow churches if we “can dig.”
Tomorrow is our last day and the final Eucharist before the altar of Canterbury Cathedral. We will get as many pictures as we can. I don’t mind sharing openly how this has been a tremendous experience. However, we look forward to being home with our family in Springfield. Our shuttle bus picks us up from the University of Kent at 5:30 AM on Monday for the trip to Heathrow Airport. I look forward to sharing more when in person and under the intended priority of Word and Sacraments.
In the peace of God, which passeth all understanding;
Dear Beloved of Christ:
Today was Day 8 at Lambeth. It was a day set aside for concerning ourselves with the environment and sustainable development. It was also our day at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Lambeth Palace is situated on the south bank of the River Thames and is about 400 yards southeast of the Palace of Westminster. The site was acquired around 1200 AD which (I am told) allows the Abp of Canterbury to be a very real and present authority whenever Parliament is in session. You can well understand why being in Canterbury would allow Parliament to “run the table” as the Archbishop would be too far away to have any direct knowledge or influence over political maneuvering. Lambeth Palace is a bricks and mortar reminder how it is the Abp of Canterbury’s moral authority surpasses any legal authority Parliament may have.
We left the University of Kent in motor coaches around 8:30 AM and arrived at Lambeth Palace for a garden reception. Denise and I spent a wonderful time with so many that we know and many that we met for the first time. We spent a good deal of time with Abp Bernard Longley of London who is the highest ranking Roman Catholic prelate attending the Conference as an ecumenical observer. I shared with him details of my friendship with Bp Dennis Sullivan of the RC Diocese of Camden (New Jersey) and how it was Bp Sullivan who gifted me the green and gold pectoral cross cord of a bishop that is worn with some vesture.
After a tour of the gardens where a Jamaican steel drum band played tunes that kept everyone in a festive mood, we made our way to a large tent that was set up to the back of the gardens where a catered lunch was served. We were at table with those of South Sudan, Queensland Australia, and North India. Abp Justin and Mrs. Caroline Welby, and their daughter Ellie, welcomed us and introduced those who spoke passionately about environmental concerns. I find it meet and right that our prayer book has long ago set the standard for teaching a sound theology of creation care when it invites us to observe the Rogation Days of the Church Calendar. Being the Bishop of Springfield, where so many of those who complete our Eucharistic communities have been given special stewardship over land and natural resources, I ask that we all begin planning now how it is we will articulate the Church’s blessing upon such a sacred trust and responsibility. Let the Diocese of Springfield be where it is the Church’s blessing is pronounced over the consecrated lives of our farmers; their tractors, wagons, loaders, and combines prior to the first seed going into the ground next Spring.
After lunch, we entered into common prayer with a rite for the planting of a tree in recognition of our time together at Lambeth Conference 2022. As we made our way to the main gate, we had opportunity to spend time with Bp Keith Riglin of the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Argyll and The Isles. His lovely wife is a celebrated Methodist minister in the Wesleyan tradition. We then were escorted to the bank of the River Thames, where every bishop and their spouse boarded a sightseeing boat that took us up the River as far as Greenwich, London and the Old Royal Naval College. It was at that point of debarking that we boarded our motorcoaches and headed back to
University of Kent for a quiet evening of reminiscing and thanksgiving.
I must share how proud I was to be with Denise who looked absolutely stunning in her summer dress and pillbox hat. Many bishops and their wives shared with her how she really hit the mark of the occasion with the manner in which she answered the Archbishop’s invitation to be present at Lambeth Palace. In a world that is found more and more to be in a state of amnesia when it comes to elegance, Denise Burgess made a statement today that many appreciated. You can be very proud of the work she is doing and the relationships she is forging here.
Enjoy the pictures of our day. We truly felt like each of you were with us as we represented Christ’s one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in the Diocese of Springfield.
In the peace of God, which passeth all understanding;
Yesterday at Lambeth was so packed with walking, talking, praying, learning and logistical concerns that I had not an opportunity to write. We again entered an invigorating Bible study on “A Holy People Following Christ” (I Peter 2:1-12). After breakfast and morning worship, we had benefit of the Abp of Canterbury leading us in a combined Bible exposition and then we reported to our small group venues for more detailed discussion, listening, and discovery.
My group is really coming together joyfully and reverently as we hear and experience each other’s context and the way each approaches sacred text. The Bp of Panama is a holy man who has seen and experienced much. I find myself giving thanks to God that he is there now and serving as their chief pastor and shepherd. When I asked him if it was a good thing for the Panamanians that the United States gave up control of the Panama Canal Zone, he answered with a resounding “yes” and then continue to share in detail why. I have a dear priest friend who grew up in the Virgin Islands who just moved, in his retirement, to Panama. I made sure that the Bp of Panama knew where it was this Episcopal priest was living.
After, we attended a plenary session on Anglican Identity. With the Anglican Communion now present and active in 165 countries, it is important to hear how our community of common prayer is not only recognized but unified. There was a great deal of exploration, exposition, and discussion on the Four Instrument of Communion (Unity) in the Anglican Communion:
- The Archbishop of Canterbury
- The Lambeth Conference
- The Anglican Consultative Council
- The Primates’ Meeting
Unity is at the forefront of everyone’s conversation. It is an entirely different conversation when you are in eye-to-eye conversation with bishops and their spouses who serve in the South Sudan, India, Pakistan, the Arctic, and Kenya. What we do and say in the United States has immediate and lasting impact on those who are the Church in those places.
Denise and I then walked to our assigned dining hall and had lunch with the Bishops of Upper South Carolina (and his wife), Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh (and her husband). Each of us is relatively new to our respective sees. We shared stories, laughed, and gave thanks to God for the opportunity we each have been given by the Church.
The afternoon was spent in one of 11 seminars offered to bishops and spouses. With sound theological education at the forefront of our particular concern as we move into our future, I attended the seminar on Theological Education in Asia, Latin America and The Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities. From my perspective, our theological seminaries and universities must be persevered and supported. Without them, we risk giving up the formation of priests to the concerns and priorities to a local community and a never-satisfied human construct. I made mention during the seminar how priests are coming away from on-line and local formational experiences energized around social justice issues, but they cannot identify the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus, name the Old Testament prophets, identify even one long-ago refuted heresy, or preach against it, or give liturgical voice and action to the Calendar of the Prayer Book. We are blessed in Springfield to not only have such good relationships with theological schools of higher education, but to have priests and lay theologians present who will help us articulate what is needed locally in the right way. Again, I gave thanks to God for you. While I attended this session, Denise attended the session on Justice, Democracy, and Corruption: Nurturing Prophetic Voices in Public Life.
The early evening was spent doing laundry. Actually, Denise was kind enough to accomplish this feat. I helped fold once it was done. The University of Kent turned all coin operated machines over to free usage. However, women from India and other parts of the globe had trouble commanding such technology. Denise remained in the laundry room during time of high demand to assist others with the technology and translation of written directions. It is often the encounters that never make headlines or a plenary session that have the most lasting impact.
After dinner, the Communion Partner bishops had a meeting. We shared observations and our concern over the voting process that expects bishop to shout their approval or disapproval of a particular call being addressed. As many of you are keenly aware, there are cultures that do not shout out, they do not push forward, they do not overreach and they are brilliant in their theological perspective because of where it is they meet Christ. We in the industrially developed, post-modern West have a tendency to overlook this priority when being in Communion with each other. Hearing the stories of Inuit bishops from the Diocese of the Arctic really brought this to the forefront of our attention. May we as a Diocese be ever mindful of this fact.
We met up with +Daniel, Bp of Upper South Carolina and his wife, Amy, again and had a quick pint in the dorm pub. They are lovely, generous, and most devoted to their call.
On Day 7, we had breakfast in our dorm dining hall rather than walk the ten miles to our assigned dining hall (okay, not quite 10 miles). After, we attended the Bible Exposition on Resistance & Resilience (I Peter 2:13-3:22) offered by Abp Welby , with benefit of our small group for further discussion, testimonials, and discovery. Since I had such a great breakfast, I skipped lunch to write this correspondence and then reported back for the early afternoon plenary on Reconciliation. I asked our table to support sending a written comment back up to the Archbishop’s planning committee specifically naming the priority of reconciling with those Anglicans who completed our Communion and Province only ten to fifteen years ago. Schism is not the answer. Walking apart is not of the mind, heart or will of God. We have the opportunity now to heal a divide that is only going to get worse unless we demonstrate to the world how it is the Church heals herself.
Later this afternoon is the opportunity to address the Lambeth Call on Human Dignity. It will be the plenary with the most energy. Please pray for the Church. Specifically, that we may be “given the grace to seriously lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions;” and that God may “take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from goldy union and concord.” (BCP pg. 818)
Thank you for the honor of being your Bishop.
In the peace of God, which passeth all understanding;
Big smiles on Bishop and Denise Burgess with the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson, the Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church. Bishop Burgess tells us that Canon Rovertson is their “concierge” when it comes to getting into and out of all things Canterbury and Lambeth.
Dear Redeemed of Christ:
The fifth day at the Lambeth Conference was a day of worship, discussing, learning and celebratiing. The day began with the Opening Sung Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral with the procession of all 650 Anglican bishops and ecumenical partners who are in attendance. We met the double-decker busses this morning at 7:30 AM vested in quire dress (cassock, rochet, chimere and tippet) for a 9:30 AM Mass. The streets of Canterbury were literally a sea of vestments from all provinces and quite a few traditions. Abp Justin Welby presided from the Chair of Augustine and celebrated the Holy Mysteries. In addition to the Cathedral Choir of men and boys, the Zimbabwe National Anglican Fellowship (Zinafe) Choir led the Gospel procession from the sanctuary through the chancel and deep into the Nave for the Gospel procession singing Chinguri ndakuudza kuti rtine zesa (The Gospel is good, has fire, is light and has power). I only forward pictures that I was able to take outside of the service itself as I refuse to use my cell phone in sacred space and while inhabiting sacred time. I sat next to Bp Jake Owensby of Western Louisiana. Bp Owensby was a senior in the School of Theology at Sewanee when I was a junior (first year seminarian). In addition, I had opportunity to connect again with Bp Clarence Bester of the Dio. of Wangaratta, AUS with whom I held place in the very long procession. His wife Michele took the picture from where the spouses were seated together in the Nave and forwarded it to me.
Once we returned to the campus of Kent University, we had just enough time for lunch before the plenary session on Safe Church and Safeguarding. Once the plenary concluded, each of us met in our small groups to discuss and make comments on the Lambeth Call on Safe Church. We all attended Evening Prayer together led by the Church in Wales, and then headed to our dorms to change and ready ourselves for dinner. That is when we found copies of the Church Times being distributed with Denise on the front cover.
We were too tired to walk the distance to our assigned dining hall.Instead, we put on comfortable clothes and went to the pub in our dormitory for a pizza and drink. We met up with Olympia, Las Vegas, Delaware, El Camino Real, and Connecticut. We walked into the pub just as England (Lionesses) defeated Germany in the Woman’s Euro Soccer Finals. Tremendous celebrating was had by all.
Tomorrow is another busy as well as packed day. We are so thankful that we are able to be here and we are extremely proud to be of the Diocese of Springfield. Please keep us in your prayer as you are in ours.
I spy Denise Burgess on the cover of the Church Times!
Day 4 of Lambeth brought with it many different venues and opportunities for learning and participating. The day began with Abp Justin Welby leading all in a Bible study of I Peter 1:1-25. I am quite moved as to the evangelical spirit that he possesses. One doesn’t get that impression when viewing only through the media. He is a man that carries a tremendous weight of responsibility. Yet, he sets as a priority the teaching and the making of disciples.
We then broke up into two groups (bps & spouses) for our Bible studies. This is the first time that I met the group that I will continue the rest of Lambeth with when in discussion. My group is facilitated by Bp Ric Thorpe, Bp of Islington – Dio. of London and is made complete by myself; Bp Subrata Chakrabarty – Dio. of Barrackpore, Church of North India; Bp Charles Asilutwa – Dio.of Maseno, Anglican Church of Kenya; Bp Julio Murray – Panama; Bp Eddie Daniels – Pt. Elizabeth, South Africa; Bp Grant Dibde, Anglican Bp to the Australian Defense Force; Bp Ruth Bushyager – Bp of Horsham in the Dio. of Chichester, England; & Bp Justin Duckworth – Wellington, NZ. Our study focused on the experienced definition of Hope, Holiness and Mutual Love as articulated in I Peter and lived contextually in our own dioceses.
Next: a plenary session on Mission and Evangelism led by the Abp of York and the Abp of Chile. Both presentations were powerfully spirit filled and invigorating. Denise and I then lunched with Bp Christopher Cocksworth of Coventry, England and his wife, Charlotte. Bp Cocksworth was granted the Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity in 2020 and both Bp and Mrs. Cocksworth had many questions about the Dio. of Springfield and stories of their own to share. I confessed to him that as a boy chorister I could not sing the Coventry Carol in its entirety without weeping because of its simplistic beauty when bringing us into the mystery of Holy Nativity at Christmas. He admitted to me that he still can’t sing it without having the very same reaction.
Following lunch, the spouses reported to their programme while the bishops reported back for the Lambeth Call on Mission and Evangelism. This is where we discuss in our small groups the various calls that are being proposed by the organizing committee. I asked that this particular call on Mission and Evangelism continue beyond “being called by God into his great love” to include how as Christians we are to intentionally surrender ourselves to being made into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. The later afternoon was spent in one of 11 seminar options. Denise and I attended the seminar on Church Planting.
We now leave for dinner and then back for a motor coach to Canterbury Cathedral for an Evening Pilgrimage tour. If we don’t get a seat, we’ll probably meet up with those we know (and don’t know) here on campus in our dormitory pub. I do have to mention how I had the opportunity within Canterbury Cathedral yesterday to be with Bp Michael Beasley – Hertford and soon to be Bp of Bath and Wells. The Bp of Bath and Wells and the Bp of Durham are the only 2 CofE bishops that escort the monarch of England through their coronation service within Westminster Abbey. The last time this rite and ceremony was accomplished was in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned by Abp Geoffrey Fisher of Canterbury.
We are thrilled to be here and we are drinking as deeply as we can. Tomorrow, we attend the Sunday Mass within Canterbury Cathedral. All bishops are invited to process vested in rochet, chimere and tippet. I pray that I will have the strength to get from the principal doors to my seat in the chancel. I will be looking for Denise and thinking of all who define and love the Dio. of Springfield. To the glory of God and on behalf of the people He came to redeem.
In the peace of God, which passeth all understanding;
Day 3 at Lambeth brought with it many more introductions and greetings. Since our assigned dining hall is so far from our dorm, we decided to pick up some coffee and pastries for preparation in our shared kitchenette located across the hall. As undergraduates, Denise actually made me an entire spaghetti dinner in her dorm room using nothing but a coffee pot! I’m not concerned.
The bishops were shuttled back to Canterbury Cathedral for Morning Prayer, two addresses, Holy Eucharist, lunch and then back to the University of Kent for our group photo.
The spouses met back at the Sport Centre for plenary input and table discussion, and took a group photo. Denise is growing very close to spouses from around the Communion.
Amidst our rides, I was able to engage Bp. Charles Murry of the Anglican Dio. of Newcastle, AUS. He is a facilitator for Ed. for Ministry, a 4-year distance learning certificate program that is administered from The University of the South – School of Theology. Walking the Cathedral close, I had opportunity to meet and spend time with Bp. Craig Loya of the Dio. of MN. A seminary classmate of mine is serving in his dio; it was wonderful to hear of her dedication and leadership. Then, I grabbed the hand of Bp. Kathi Ryan, Bp. Suffragan of the Dio. of TX. Her husband and I grew up together in SW Florida; his late father was our parish rector. Prior to lunch, I introduced myself to Bp. Philip North of Burnley in the Dio. of Blackburn, England.
At the photo session, I had the chance to connect with Bp. Michie Klusmeyer of WV. He is retiring in Oct and plans on moving to WI to be near adult children and grandchildren. I reminded him of our close proximity to his retirement destination and invited him to visit.
This is a wonderful experience and we look forward to sharing in much greater detail once we are home. Please keep all bishops and this precious Communion in your intentional prayer.
Although you have not seen him, you love him, and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (I Peter 1:8-9)
On day three of Lambeth 2022, the bishops and spouses were invited into their respective retreats. The Bishops were bussed to Canterbury Cathedral and the spouses remained on the campus of the University of Kent.
Today we had breakfast with Bishop Poulson Reed of Oklahoma, who has a smile that lights up a room.
We loaded double-decker buses and were transported to Canterbury Cathedral. The entire cathedral and its grounds were closed to the public allowing for the bishops to have a day of worship, theological reflection (addresses), fellowship and silence (if desired). Trebles of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir led the musical offering during the Holy Eucharist singing Panis angelicus by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). The full Choir offered Choral Evensong with a beautiful Herbert Howells (1892-1983) settings of the Magnificat. The evening Anthem was O clap your hands (Psalm 47) by Orlando Gibbons who secured the prestigious position of Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and actually served as organist and choirmaster of Westminster Abbey. He is buried in Canterbury Cathedral.
I spent time with bishops of Pakistan and South Sudan. I also had time with Bishop David Parsons who is the Diocesan of The Arctic in Northern Canada. When I was a parish priest, my youth group would organize a “Snow Day in July.” Inviting free-will donations, they would give away snow cones in the parish garden following Dismissal of the principal Eucharist that Sunday. It boosted attendance during the summer doldrums and all proceeds were sent to Bishop Parson’s Discretionary Fund. He remembered that offering.
Tonight, the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church meet. It is a time with our Presiding Bishop and an opportunity to discuss items of concern or importance.
For the service of Choral Evensong, Archbishop Welby carried a crozier that was gifted to him by Pope Francis; an exact replica of the crozier given to St. Augustine by Pope Gregory I when consecrated a bishop and seated as Archbishop of Canterbury in 597 AD.
Our days are full. It is tremendous honor to be here and to represent our Diocese in this manner. You are in our thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving.
Wednesday of week one at Lambeth invited all together for the Welcome to the Lambeth Conference session.
Bishop and Mrs. Burgess started the day having breakfast in their dormitory dining hall with Bishop and Mrs. Morris Thompson of Louisiana. Having served a parish in Baton Rouge, Bishop Burgess and Bishop Morris had many notes on experiences and memories to compare.
Prior to the welcome, the Burgess’ visited the exhibit hall where they met and had great conversation with Bishop and Mrs. Emmanuel Modi of the Diocese of Kayo-Koji in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.
They then ran into Bishop and Mrs. Elias Chakupewa of our own companion Diocese of Tabora in Tanzania.
After lunch, bishops and spouses had their own small group sessions. Bishop Burgess’s group was facilitated by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and included bishops from Wales, Uganda, the Solomon Islands, and Ireland. This evening is a dinner served outdoors with music provided by a jazz trio. Tomorrow is a day-long retreat at Canterbury Cathedral.
Bishop and Mrs. Burgess arrived on the campus of The University of Kent in interest of registration, credentials, orientation and dormitory room assignment. Their volunteer guide was a very young man from Barbados named Shaunique who was so excited to greet the Burgess’ as he “had followed the episcopal election process electronically and then watched the May Consecration on YouTube.” Shaunique further commented to Bishop Burgess, “You’re a brand new bishop. I’m sure you’ll do just fine.”
Upon registration, the Burgess’ were handed their invitation to dinner with Archbishop and Mrs. Welby within The Old Palace, The Precincts of Canterbury on The Feast of the Transfiguration (Saturday, August 6th). More pictures can be found in our stories of the Burgess’ accommodations at Keynes College and their physical surroundings on the campus of the University of Kent. Bishop Burgess reports how “today was a sea of nationalities all greeting each other in the name of Christ.”
Bishop Burgess and Denise attended Choral evensong at Canterbury Cathedral for the Feast of St James, where they were seated in the quire. Denise was able to have a snapshot taken with the Constable of Canterbury.
We spent most of Monday exploring Canterbury, King’s School, the millinery of Fenwick Department Store, a wonderful rare book store, and Sainsbury’s (which is comparable to a Schnucks with a few aisles of clothing). At the top of our list, ahead of reporting to the dormitories on the campus of The University of Kent, was the purchase of an iron that is compatible with the UK electrical system for vestments, suits, shirts and the such. Tonight is Evensong in the Cathedral quire beginning at 5:30 PM. The clergy and people of the Diocese of Springfield will be in our prayer of thanksgiving.
Bishop Brian and Denise Burgess observed the Sixth Sunday after Trinity within Westminster Abbey, London. They were seated in quire with Bishop Clarence E. Bester of the Diocese of Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
The Burgess’ spent their Saturday touring North Lambeth and the City of London. They are lodging very near Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose invitation brings them to the 2022 Lambeth Conference.
Bishop Burgess and Denise have arrived across the pond for the Lambeth Conference!
Bishop Burgess with the Schola Cantorum of the School of Theology at The University of the South. Bishop and Mrs. Burgess attended Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey on the the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. After the choral music offering, Bishop Burgess was invited to meet staff and students of the University, of which he is an alumnus, and capture the sacred moment in a photograph.