The Abp of Canterbury has written a lengthy piece more fully fleshing out his thinking about what the Anglican Covenant might become. It doesn’t really speak to the situation here in TEC except obliquely. I think that lack of reference might be instructive.
“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has set out his thinking on the future of the Anglican Communion in the wake of the deliberations in the United States on the Windsor Report and the Anglican Communion at the 75th General Convention of The Episcopal Church (USA). ‘The Challenge and Hope of Being an Anglican Today, A Reflection for the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion’, has been sent to Primates with a covering letter, published more widely and made available as audio on the internet”
One of the things the Abp of York insisted on pointing out to us in Columbus was that the Windsor Report/Process is not really about the reception of gay and lesbian people into the full life of the Church. It is about finding a way to manage conflict within the Communion. We, here in America, tend to think the whole thing is about us, but we’re really a rather small part of the whole.
There are other questions that are confronting the Communion – questions like woman’s ordination, lay presidency, respect for ecclesiastical provincial borders, and respect for the civil rights of glbt people. All of these are affirmed by the large majority of people in the Anglican Communion, but they are being strongly rejected in the various (and differing parts.)
Can we put the question of same-sex blessings and “gay” bishops aside for a moment and look at the whole gamut of issues. Read the letter from Canterbury with that pair of lenses and then see what you think…
(Via ACNS Digest.)