Windsor Report Reception Process
The work of the Lambeth Commission on Communion was commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in October 2003, following the special meeting of the Primates and Moderators of the Anglican Communion at Lambeth Palace in that month.
The official process of reception for the Windsor Report 2004 therefore began in February 2005 during the regular meeting of the Primates and Moderators which was held in February 20th - 26th in Northern Ireland.
In order to prepare for this meeting, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in conjunction with the Primates' Standing Committee, appointed a Reception Reference Group (RRG), under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Peter Kwong, then Primate of Hong Kong, to assist the Primates by monitoring the way in which the Windsor Report had been received across the Anglican Communion and by our ecumenical partners. In a letter to the Provinces, Archbishop Peter wrote, "My hope is really to be able to gain some sense of where Anglicans, Episcopalians and members of the United Churches stand on the issues raised in the Report, and the recommendations made...This is a formidable challenge but I feel it is vital that the Primates are able to have the widest and best possible information for their meeting next February."
The members of the Reception Reference Group were:
Staff Consultants were:
Several questions were developed for consideration by groups around the Communion as they considered the Windsor Report.
The questions posed by the Primates' Standing Committee to the Provinces of the Anglican Communion were:
The questions offered to our ecumenical partners by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion were:
Some more general questions of a non-specialised kind were also formulated for consideration by those who didn't have a knowledge of the Windsor Report:
A total of 322 responses were received. These were of varying size: some in the form of short, one-paragraph emails; others, two or twenty pages of thought-out views; others in book form representing a more in-depth analysis of the Windsor Report.