The Windsor Report 2004

Selected Thematic Index

The chief recommendations of the report

An enhanced role for the Archbishop of Canterbury (108-110) A Council of Advice (111-112) An Anglican Covenant (117-120) On elections to the episcopate (124-135) Recommendations arising from the consecration of the Bishop of New Hampshire (134) Recommendation on Rites of Blessing of Same Sex Unions (143-145) Recommendations on alternative pastoral oversight (150-155)

Selected Themes addressed in the report

Adiaphora
The concept described (87-88) Its use in the current debates (36-37) Who decides what is and is not adiaphora? (90-95)

Alternative Episcopal Oversight
Recommendations (151-154)

Anglican Church of Canada
Developments in New Westminster and at General Synod (137-139) Alternative episcopal oversight (153) Resolutions of the Canadian General Synod on Same Sex Unions (A3.12)

Anglican Communion
The bonds of Communion, the bonds of affection (45-49) The choice facing the Communion (66) the autonomy of churches within the Anglican Communion (78-86) The Instruments of Unity described (98-104) Their authority marginalised (97) The way ahead (156-157) Its identity (A2.1-5) The relationships of Communion (A2.6-8) The commitments of communion (A2.9-17) Autonomy in communion (A2.18 –22) Its faith (A3.1)

Anglican Communion Office
Reflections and proposals (A1.6-9)

Anglican Consultative Council
Its history (103) Proposals (A1.1-2) ACC-12 resolution (A3.8)

Archbishop of Canterbury
Position described (99) An enhanced understanding of his role (108-110) To be assisted by a Council of Advice (111-112)

Authority
The nature of authority in the Anglican Communion (42, 70, 105) The authority of scripture (53-56) The authority of bishops (58)

Autonomy
The historical context (72-74) The limited nature of autonomy (75-86) Covenant proposals (A2.18-22)

Bishops
The authority of bishops (58) The nature of the episcopate in Anglicanism (63-66) The wider church in the making of bishops (124-135) Qualifications for ministry as bishop (125-128) Ius Liturgicum (138) Episcopal jurisdiction (148, 154) Alternative episcopal oversight (151-153)

Canon Law
Recent understandings of Canon Law in the Anglican Communion (113-117)

Care of Dissenting Groups
Recommendations (150-155)

Communion in Christ
The biblical foundations (1-5) and the interplay between unity, communion and holiness. The way in which communion has been played out in Anglicanism (6-11; A3.5) Principles of communion worked out in relation to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate (12-21) Communion processes not observed (34-35) Subsidiarity (38-39) Communion covers a whole spectrum of relationship (49) The obligations of communion (51) Its divine origin (52) Autonomy is limited by communion (82)

Council of Advice
Recommendation (111-112)

Covenant - An Anglican Covenant
Proposal (118-120) Draft Text (A2)

Discernment in Communion
Recent examples of mutual discernment in Anglicanism (12-21) Diversity in interpretation (67) The interplay of authority in Anglicanism (70) The limits on autonomy and the desirability of discernment in communion (82-86) Principles breached by the Episcopal Church (USA) and the Diocese of New Westminster (121-123)

Diversity
Its relationship to adiaphora (36-37, 87-95) Its relationship to subsidiarity (83) Inculturation (85, 91) The limits of diversity (86, 89)

Episcopal Church (USA)
Actions the source of controversy (27) In breach of principle of interdependence (122) Recommendations arising from the consecration of the Bishop of New Hampshire (134) Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (151-152) General Convention resolution on Rites of Blessing for same sex unions (A3.9) Caring for the Churches (A3.11)

Homosexuality
The background to its discussion in the Anglican Communion (23-26) The ethical issue per se is not part of the mandate of the Lambeth Commission (26, 43) Negative assessments of recent proposals (28) Homosexuality and episcopal office (23,126-127,129,135) Ongoing study commended (145-146) Care for homosexual persons (146) Lambeth Conference resolutions (A3.2, A3.3, A3.6)

Impaired and Broken Communion
As reaction to developments (29) Breakdown in trust and relationships (40-41) A definition offered (50) Hurt and alienation arising because of developments (147)

Instruments of Unity
Described (98-104) The relationship between the Instruments of Unity (106) The relationship of the Instruments to the See of Canterbury (110) Proposals (A1) Covenant proposal (A2.24)

Jurisdiction and Threats thereto
As reaction to developments (29) Trans-provincial interventions described (149) in breach of the principle of interdependence (123) Recommendations (154-155) Lambeth Conference resolutions (A3.4)

Lambeth Conference
Its history (100-102) Proposals (A1.3-4) Resolutions (A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7)

New Hampshire – The See of
Insufficient regard paid to the interdependence of the Communion, and the universal nature of a bishop's ministry in the process of election, consent and consecration (129-131) Caution about the ministry of the new bishop (133)

New Westminster – The Diocese of
Actions the source of controversy (27) In breach of principle of interdependence (122) The adoption of Rites of Blessing for Same Sex Unions (136-139) Recommendation on rites of blessing of same sex unions (143-144)

Ordination of Women to the Priesthood and Episcopate
The process by which it was received in the Communion (12-21) The decision of the Communion (126) Lambeth Conference resolution (A3.7)

Primates' Meeting
Its establishment (104) Proposals (A1.5) Statement of 16 October 2003 (A3.10)

Reception
The process of reception applied to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate (12-21) The nature of the doctrine of reception (68-70) Reception does not work in the current situation (69)

Rites of Blessing of Same Sex Unions
Background (23-28) Developments in Canada (137-139) Developments in the Episcopal Church (USA) (140) Development a denial of the bonds of communion (141) Justification for such rites (140-146) Recommendation to abide by the primates' decision of May 2003 (143-144) Continuing study (145) General Convention resolution on rites of blessing for same sex unions (A3.9) Resolutions of the Canadian General Synod on Same Sex Unions (A3.12)

Scripture
Its central place in Anglicanism (53) The nature of its authority (54-55) The interpretation of scripture (57-62) The interplay between the Instruments of Unity and scripture (70)

Theological Development
Problems in the current situation (32-33) The way in which it works through reception (68-70) with respect to ministry by persons in same gender relationships (124-131) With respect to development of rites of blessing of same sex unions (140-146)