Brad Drell, has a piece on his blog by Bishop Jenkins that makes an interesting point:
“I have for years suggested that the Episcopal Church should separate (do not hear what I am not saying) in order that we need not separate. Again, this is a concept put forward by Rabbi Friedman. By ‘separate in order not to separate’, I do not mean division or schism. I am not talking about parallel jurisdictions, as the concept seems to have been put forth. I am not talking about two Anglican Churches in North America or anywhere else. I am saying that we Episcopalians have lately become too close and as in a marriage, such over-closeness, or fusion, often leads to separation or even divorce. I have been told the Canons do not allow for an appropriate sense of distance in our ecclesiastical relations to avoid an absolute separation for divorce. I may be the only person in the Episcopal Church who believes that we have become fused with one another (I have not been able to sell this concept).”
I’m not sure I understand exactly what Bishop Jenkins is talking about in practical terms here, but I think he’s diagnosed the situation correctly. What he seems to be calling for is a way for all of us in the Church to regain a sense of health boundaries with each other. I’m all for that, and if that can be accomplished with some sort of temporary parallel province structure, I’d be willing to have a go at it.
Read the rest here: Bishop Jenkins – Let’s Separate But Not Divorce
(Via Drell’s Descants.)