ACNS 3579 | ENGLAND | 17 SEPTEMBER 2003
[ACNS source: NIFCON] The 3rd meeting of the Anglican Communion / Al Azhar Joint Dialogue Commission was scheduled to be held in New York on 10-11 September 2003, the second anniversary of 9/11. Al Azhar is the ancient mosque/university in Cairo, which has a critical and authoritative position throughout the Sunni Muslim world. This year the dialogue was being administered by NIFCON, the Anglican Communion Network for Inter Faith Concerns. The Episcopal Diocese of New York was hosting the event.
Unfortunately at the last minute the Dialogue was postponed. The Muslim representatives cited unease in Egypt about the election of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. The Diocese of New York has expressed regret at not being able to assist in an important venture in Christian-Muslim understanding.