This surprising participant is the Bishop of Jerusalem himself, who pleaded with GAFCON organisers last month to hold the event elsewhere.
"It's happening, they are coming," said Bishop Suheil Dawani during a visit to Australia in February. "I will be there. I cannot ignore such a gathering. But I'll give them our message of unity, of how the church must also be united, and of the importance of our ministry in Jerusalem and all over the world."
Bishop Dawani told TMA that he is nervous about the impact of such a controversial conference in an area which is already beset by violent disputes and hardship.
Later on in this article there is further comment:
"Getting together" is a common theme for the Bishop, who believes that talking together about differences is an important way forward to solving division. He is keen to promote interfaith and ecumenical dialogue in the Holy Land, and the interfaith groups with which he is involved communicate regularly with the political leaders. The GAFCON gathering, he believes, may undermine the Anglican Church's credibility in setting this example, and he said he was disappointed that the GAFCON organisers did not seem to listen to his concerns, although GAFCON organisers have since split the conference between Jordan and Jerusalem, with the Jerusalem component called a "pilgrimage".
"In Jerusalem, we face so many problems, we are challenged on a daily basis to be with each other, and that's why we are so involved in ecumenical and interfaith activities. These things [at GAFCON] will be misunderstood by people, and will give the wrong signals to people in Palestine and Jordan. It is very controversial, it is the wrong time and the wrong place."
"I hope that at Lambeth we can witness a new era of coming together and put our differences aside," he said. "If we have differences, we have to discuss it internally in good spirit, because our people are looking to us. If our people see division, and we are not coming with a good spirit, it will affect their spirit, and their lives. We don't want to be an obstacle for our people. I hope that Lambeth will get a new spirit for Anglicans all over the world."
An earlier report (February 22) in the Melbourne Anglican also had a report about Bishop Dawani's response:
"This is not the right time, not the right place," Bishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem Suheil Dawani told TMA on Monday during his recent visit to Melbourne. He reiterated his concerns that the ministry of reconciliation in the Diocese of Jerusalem would not be helped by the conference, and it would undermine interfaith and ecumenical relationships in the region.
Bishop Dawani said he was disappointed that the conference was going ahead but was resigned to it happening and would give the conference a "message of unity".
So it is hardly a rattling endorsement of GAFCON but rather a reluctant visit to preach a contrary message whereas his focus is to be clearly on the Lambeth Conference and its attempts at reconciliation.
Yes, but he is going to GAFCON against his own former thoughts. I call it: Come into my parlour said the spider to the fly.