Wednesday, June 21, 2006

TEC and All That

Well, I have not blogged in a few days because for one I have been 'somewhat' consumed by what has been taking place in TEC across the pond. (Just like everybody else, though I did leave it to watch England and Sweden in the World Cup last night.) I believe that most Christians around the world have been watching this convention with a very close eye and not many should be very surprised at the outcome. I particularly believe that had not the newly elected Primary Bishop come in to to the HOD meeting to encourage the passing of the resolution on the Windsor Report (a very weak resolution and non-compliant) it would have failed in the HOD. The ABC has made his statement on TEC's response to the Windsor Report but I am convinced that it must be clear to anyone who followed this whole week with any amount of attention to the meetings that one would conclude that the majority of the Primates are not going to buy the response and only God knows what the fallout will be from it. Whatever they do, I hope they respond quickly as the emergency of the situation seems to call for it. People are past the point of being weary already!

Many still believe they remain in the rocky waters of uncertainty and my personal fear is that there will be a lot of people who will throw their hands up and just give up and take their families other places. Some have written and called me to tell me that they are doing just that! Who could honestly blame them? The amount of time taken away from gospel ministry because of this has been simply astounding. It has been three years now and for what? The amount of time that I have personally spent reading and watching it this week and last has me behind in my own research and writing. As frustrated about that as I feel now I also believe that it is very important that we pay very close attention to things happening in the Anlgican Communion since it is a body that we give ourselves to in sacrificial love and service. It would be a sad day to see it fracture into numerous sects when there has been so much work in the past towards ecumenism. I remain committed to my ecumenical eucharistic work no matter what finally is decided.

Therefore, I'm going back to work and the Primates can sort this out. I offer my prayers for the many who feel as though they have been abandoned and left alone in this very difficult time in the Church's life. God bless all who laboured so hard to do the very basics of what the Primates and the rest of the Communion asked. To my eyes, it did not come anywhere even close to compliance with the WR requirements.

What are your thoughts?


Blogger Continuing Home said...

"my personal fear is that there will be a lot of people who will throw their hands up and just give up and take their families other places"

As I did 23 years ago -- to a Continuing Anglican church home. Our province might not be a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion at this time, though the thought is always there (and my Bishop and Archbishop hear from me from time to time on this issue), but... we found here the faith in which we were raised, uncorrupted. What a delight!

I believe the splintering, particularly in the early years, is over. I know there are conversations, agreements and more going on behind the scenes -- the unification of the REC & APA in the States is just the upfront example; more will appear and develop over the years.

3:23 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mention "the amount of time taken away from gospel ministry" by the present mess. I think it goes deeper than that. It strikes at the very heart of the gospel ministry in North America--it undercuts evangelism itself. If I were not in the diocese of Fort Worth (or perhaps Quincy or San Joaquin), I could not in good conscience witness to the gospel to someone in hopes of having them join my parish church. After sharing the gospel with them, I would (and while I was living in Chicago did) have to send them to a non-Anglican Communion church without me. How sad is that?--to share the Good News with folks and then send them out to find their way on their own without providing them with the support of a welcoming parish family? But how can anyone actually WANT people to become members of 95% of TEC's dioceses in the present circumstances? Virtually any Christian alternative would be better for them than most TEC dioceses! And as much as I hate to admit it, unless the few remaining solidly orthodox dioceses within TEC act quickly to withdraw from all institutional ties with TEC, I am not sure how much longer one can legitimately make the limited exception for them either. May God bless Bishop Iker's appeal for alternative primatial oversight.

12:30 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Anon. thanks for the comment. What level of unity do you sense the 'orthodox' in TEC have in regards to your statements and are people talking about time limits on such things as you mention? I recall the same sort of rhetoric after 03 but it slowly dwindled. I have family members in the Florida diocese who have left and joined Rome. They were in Redeemer Jax but left before the parish left. With the emotions die down, what will be the response to all of this from most? The question still being begged is whether TEC will be invited to Lambeth based on what took place. Thanks for posting your thoughts!


12:54 pm  
Blogger Pontificator said...

"my personal fear is that there will be a lot of people who will throw their hands up and just give up and take their families other places"

Why do you fear this? This is exactly what people should do.

Get your doctorate, Jeff, and then climb into the Barque! :-)

1:02 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Al, I could have prophesied this from you. I was swamped after 4 your time and could not call. I'll be at a black tie tonight so it will have to wait until later to chat with you but I do need to talk to you about something this weekend if you are available.

1:25 pm  

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