Luminous Darkness: Anglican Centrists

Centrists / Religion

Jamie McMahon has posted an essay on the role of Centrists in the Anglican Communion. Jamie is a friend, but more importantly a researcher who just completed his masters thesis at Cambridge which focused on the work of the Windsor Commission and the way its report has been received around the Communion.

“I have decided that it is time to state some of my views about the current situation within The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, especially given how much more divisive the conflict has become since General Convention 2006 finished. Much has been said about how The Episcopal Church has either ‘broken away from’ or has ‘moved beyond’ the rest of the Anglican Communion, depending upon one’s views. I however, feel strongly that both sides (if such a narrow division can even be said to exist) have here moved towards the boundaries of orthodoxy by forgetting that we are all called to be one Church in Christ”


…In fact, when I look at what is going on in the church right now, what I see is behavior fairly reminiscent of the situation in the United States politically. Everything has become a zero sum gain, where the only option is either 100% or nothing. There is no possibility of compromise, and both sides have decided the outcome before the discussion has even happened. Instead of adopting this behavior, based in the economics of globalization and trade, the church should be arguing firmly against such behavior, in opposition to the prevailing culture. That is what we are called to do as Christians.

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