In a very smart move, the primates were invited to be observers at GC09 and fifteen primates accepted the invitation.This is the largest group of primates to ever attend a General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Here are a few noteworthy comments:
From The Most Rev'd Albert Chama, Northern Zambia
The governance of the Episcopal Church clearly shows that the bishops are not the sole deciders and that the House of Deputies has the upper hand. This is very different polity to elsewhere in the Anglican Communion.
... Tensions concerning human sexuality could be calmer if we knew more about the Episcopal Church's polity.
Archbishop Henri Isingoma, newly elected primate of the Anglican Church of the Congo, said
Sometimes we pick up on a final stage and don't understand the process.
The Most Rev. Idris Jones, former primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, said:
In terms of participation and democratization is this not the model the communion needs? Well, only if you've got an educated electorate.
Williams told the group that Episcopalians had to be aware that in some parts of the Communion, “bishops only want to hear from other bishops.