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At the top of the agenda for the Sept. 20-25 gathering will be a directive issued by the leaders of the Anglican Communion to stop consecrating openly gay and lesbian bishops and to ban blessings of same-sex unions or risk a diminished status in the communion, the worldâ€™s third-largest Christian denomination.
The Most Rev. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury, who is the spiritual leader of the communion, will attend the meeting. It will be the first time Archbishop Williams has met with the churchâ€™s House of Bishops since the 2003 consecration of the gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
The communionâ€™s directive asks for a response from the Episcopal Church by Sept. 30.
In interviews last week, bishops and church experts who hold a range of views on homosexuality said they expected the House of Bishops would stop short, perhaps far short, of meeting the directiveâ€™s demands....