anthills–Episcopalians & the Anglican Communion

June 27, 2006


Archbishop Rowan’s reflection, released today, reveals some of the landmarks of his reaction to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.).

I have just a few thoughts at first. More later perhaps, but pressing pastoral needs and church administration chores call loudly.

The Archbishop has sketched a picture with an ocean horizon—the most distant possible—not an imaginary horizon blocked by a forest. There are items in the foreground that are clear and items in mid-perspective that are mostly hidden. It’s an agonizing picture in many ways for someone who is deeply disturbed by the General Convention’s total results.

Here is one clear foreground sentence that touches many points in the paper:

…the decision of the Episcopal Church to elect a practicing gay man as a bishop was taken without even the American church itself (which has had quite a bit of discussion of the matter) having formally decided as a local Church what it thinks about blessing same-sex partnerships.

We have ordained as bishop for the church catholic a man living in a relationship that is sexual (Robinson’s testimony), but not sanctioned by his church.

The only attempt at General Convention to respond to The Windsor Report on this logically prior question (A161) was shot out of the sky. A large enough center was not found to even approach the subject a second time.

Dr. Williams knows full well how untenable this is in the Communion as an urgent matter. On that basis, he does seem (wishful reading on my part?) to offer an opening “for local Churches to work at ordered and mutually respectful separation between ‘constituent’ and ‘associated’ elements…” (under section “Future Directions”).

Join this with P.B. Elect Jefferts Schori’s image of conjoined twins that need to be separated if viable, and there might be some creative possibilities emerge in the near to intermediate future. I’m hoping to be able to express my loyalty to my centrist-Windsor-affirming bishop and, at the same time, to differentiate myself from the national Episcopal Church.

A positive result for the whole Church will take grace and imagination by everyone. I’m praying.



  1. I’ll be waiting…

    Comment by sionnsar — June 27, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

  2. ::tapping fingers on table::

    ::looking out the window::

    ::looking back at the screen of my computer::




    Comment by Milton Finch — June 27, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

  3. Well the Ants at Integrity are very quite! Nothing on their website suggests they have
    heard of the ABC’s statement. However, Bishop Duncan’s statement on Stand Firm is clear
    that affiliates of the Anglican Communion Network and others who choose would be in full communion in the ABC and greater worldwide church. How can I join the network?
    My ant friends all want to know!


    Comment by kllylipscomb — June 27, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

  4. Kelly–Clergy may join the Network individually. Otherwise parishes may join. There is not a provision as I understand for individual church members. Find the Anglican Communion Network on the web and check. Blessings.

    Comment by anthill — June 27, 2006 @ 6:13 pm

  5. Dear ant worker: I feel your concern to express loyalty vs differentating oneself as
    faithful to your calling in Christ. Yes ordination vows call for loyality to ones
    Bishop. His vows also call him “to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the

    In “The presentation” under The Ordination of a Priest in the The Book of Common
    Prayer the Bishop says to the ordinand;
    “Will you be loyal to the doctirne, discipline, and worship of Christ as THIS church
    has received them? (inspite of cultures squeeze to eliminate them)
    Question: Has that doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ dramatically changed?
    Is your Bishop guarding the faith?
    Loyality vs guarding the faith may be the quandary in which you find yourself.
    Prayers for all Priests,

    Comment by kllylipscomb — June 27, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

  6. Thanks for the info on the Network. I will check it out.
    and blessings to you also.

    Comment by kllylipscomb — June 27, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

  7. Kelly–When I speak of loyalty to my bishop, I mean my particular bishop. He is a good and godly Christian gentleman, as far as I know him. I am in a relatively safe place as a priest. I can walk as slowly into the future as my conscience allows. There are limits.

    Thanks for your comments

    Comment by anthill — June 27, 2006 @ 7:06 pm

  8. Yes, Mr. Anthill.

    In response to your article, I too pray that +Schori ultimates (is that a word?) an amicable seperation of all involved. I would hope and pray that if any revisionist parishes in the orthodox diocese to which my membership belongs long to leave, that our Bishop would allow them to leave with their parish and membership intact. Take the lump and limp on from there. The bruise will go away along with the contoversy…to a large degree.

    Comment by Milton Finch — June 27, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

  9. Thanks for this posting and your other views and perspectives.

    At what level do you feel we should began “to work at ordered and mutually respectful separation between ‘constituent’ and ‘associated’ elements.” Do you foresee parish’s petitioning Bishops to start the process? We all know about DEPO! And what parameters would be set for obtaining associated status? This could take years! I pray Duncan, and the powers that be may know more about the process than is reported.
    And CLARITY was the buzz word used by the AAC at GC? I appeal to God for discernment for clarity in ABC statement. Lets pray the agonizing politics of the “prescription for healing” will proceed quickly before a “transfusion” is needed for both bodies during the seperation.
    I can’t hold onto this sinking denomination for much longer!
    And I considered going to seminary some years ago. Glad that thought passed! Especailly viewing how female priests in some diocese fought and are still fighting to be accepted.

    Thanks again for anthill

    Comment by kllylipscomb — June 27, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

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