The Anglican Consultative Council is meeting in Zambia this week and the Standing Committee of the ACC just issued an opening statement which began:
The Standing Committee received a report from the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Primates’ gathering in January 2016 and noted the stated commitment of the Primates to ‘walk together’ despite differences of view. The Standing Committee welcomed the formation of a Task Group as recommended by the Primates to maintain conversation among them with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, and healing the legacy of hurt. The Standing Committee considered the Communiqué from the Primates and affirmed the relational links between the Instruments of Communion in which each Instrument, including the Anglican Consultative Council, forms its own views and has its own responsibilities.So now we wait for the breathless, breaking news headlines that the Episcopal Church has in fact NOT been voted off the Anglican Island, that the Primates got out over their skis and overreached their authority in their Communique and that the work and witness of the Anglican Communion continues under the leadership of those who refuse to let differences between our various churches become divisions in our common mission.
We wait. But we don't hold our breath.
As Rachel would say: Watch this space.