Today I found this interesting piece by Andrew Carey:
Andrew Carey Offers an Analysis of Current Anglican Communion Developments
Posted by Kendall Harmon
So where does the Anglican Communion go from here? The Archbishop of Canterbury’s relatively mild reaction to Mary Glasspool’s election is a recognition that this appointment could still be halted if the bishops and dioceses of The Episcopal Church fail to confirm her election. However, it remains a highly unlikely prospect.
The problem that the Archbishop of Canterbury faces is that the Anglican Communion will continue to fragment. The Covenant which he believes is a centre of unity around which the vast majority of provinces can coalesce is not even yet in its final form. Such is the polarisation of the Church of England, as a result of the Anglican Communion crisis, that there is now no guarantee that it can pass in the General Synod let alone in other more liberal western provinces.
It seems likely that any Anglican future worth having will be radically different from the current shape of things. The so-called instruments and international meetings will become largely a thing of the past, replaced by networks, regional conferences and some tangential relationships to the Canterbury primate. It is a fragmented and difficult future, but one preferable to a constant state of hysteria and schism.
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Interesting. MORE than interesting. Deserving of comment, even. So here's what I said:
"It is a fragmented and difficult future, but one preferable to a constant state of hysteria and schism." Let me be among the first to weigh in and agree with my brother in Christ Andrew Carey. It is indeed a fragmented and difficult time, but his words bring to mind the words from the hymn "as grain once scattered on the hillside was in this broken bread made one." Might it be that it is in our scattered brokenness that we will again be made one through the grace and mercy of the God we all claim in spite of our differences?
Fate of the above referenced comment on Titusonenine? "Comment deleted by Elf"
No room at the inn at Titusonenine ... not only for differences of opinion but for ANY perspective that comes from "across the aisle."
Remember when Anglicans prided themselves on the "big tent" they'd inherited from those who dared to imagine a church that could be both catholic and protestant? Remember when agreeing to disagree agreeably was a what we "did" as members of the Episcopal Church?
That was then. This is now.
And it makes the heart sad. (And ... for the record ... it's a revision of historic Anglicanism that cannot be laid at the feet of "the revisionists" --no matter how hard you try to spin it!)