A letter written from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Bishop of Central Florida has been released to the public. You can find the text of the letter here.
There’s some real confusion about the implications of the letter. From what I’ve read on blogs and websites, and in some private conversation, I think the Living Church’s sense of how to read the Archbishop’s words in this context is most likely the correct one:
“In a letter dated Oct. 14 to Bishop John W. Howe of Central Florida, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said he will await the views of all the primates before issuing any statement on The Episcopal Church’s status within the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Williams discouraged ‘separatist’ plans [emphasis added], urging all Windsor-supportive Anglicans ‘to regard the bishop and the diocese as the primary locus of ecclesial identity, rather than the abstract reality of the ‘national church’.’”
As a friend pointed out, if a diocese is (by virtue of being committed to the Windsor process) already in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury, then what is to be gained by leaving the Episcopal Church in an attempt to maintain communion with the Archbishop?