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Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Anglican Church is in Interesting Times

Due to my busy schedule recently, as mentioned below, I have not been able to follow the present situation in the Anglican Church as closely as I would like. I have read ++Rowan Williams' response to TEC's General Convention but I have not been able to reflect on it as much as I would like. There is not going to be an easy fix to this problem due to the local divisions that the ABC mentions in his address. I must leave this to others to worry about and focus on my work this next 18 months. But there is an interesting reflection over at RatherNotBlog that you can read if interested. I am curious as to what impact the American Church's convention will have on our, (The Church of England's) Synod this month. Prayers for all have been offered and will continue to be. RatherNot's reflection does not see a two-tiered church in the ABC's address. He says,
I can find no call for any second “tier” in this. Rather, it seems clear (at least to me) that Williams is suggesting that any church that does not sign such a “covenant” is out, period. Such a church (e.g. TEC?) will maintain perhaps a friendly relationship with the Anglican Communion, but that relationship will be like that of the Methodist Church to the Church of England (at least at present), a tie of history and common origins, but no more. Not communion, not interchangeable orders, etc. Another example might be the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Joint ecumenical ventures, perhaps, but not the same church, and certainly not a church on any “second tier.”
Any further reflections are welcome! I'll read them this weekend. Feel free to leave comments.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Antonio said...

"...Williams is suggesting that any church that does not sign such a “covenant” is out".

It would be interesting if such a thing were to happen.
But is there something like a "conservative consensus" about how this "covenant church" should work?
And what about anglo-catholicism and its rejection ow women priests/bishops?
Anyway, interesting times...

10:46 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Antonio,

The only thing that I could tell you in this day and age is that I have stopped trying to prohecy anything. One goes to sleep and wakes up to all sorts of new and strange ideas and I do not pretend to be in the know or even would I begin to claim to have a starting point in our present saga. Who knows? Time and the providence of God alone will tell.


thanks for coming by,

js

9:37 pm  

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