Graham King in an essay on the website “Fulcrum” and “Covenant-Communion” has posted a meditation that tries to put the controversy of today into the larger historical context of Anglicanism:
“‘Edge’ has several meanings, literal and figurative. These include, ‘sharpened side of blade’, ‘brink of a precipice’, ‘critical position or moment’ and ‘boundary line’. When people are ‘on edge’ they are ‘excitable or irritable’. The verb, ‘to edge’, means ‘to furnish with a border’ and finally there is (the very Anglican verb?) ‘to edge forward’.
Many of these meanings seem to coalesce in the meeting of the Archbishop of Canterbury with the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church in New Orleans, 20-22 September 2007. Afterwards, the Bishops’ meeting will continue until the 25 September. This is just before the 30 September deadline, which was given by the Primates of the Anglican Communion for a response to their communiqué from Dar es Salaam in February this year. Perhaps it is worth drawing on three theologians of the Anglican tradition to seek a wider context for these events?”
Read the rest: The Edge: The Episcopal Church, September 200 | Covenant