As many of you know, I have trotted down the Canterbury trail into the Anglican fold since my time at Westminster. By and large, that move had more to do with my own theology and spirituality than with anything else. But there is a tincture of irony in my departure from the conflict-ridden narrow (not to say ‘narrow-minded’) way of conservative Presbyterianism for the middle way of the Church of England. Part of what drove me towards Anglicanism was the desire to get away from the ceaseless ecclesiastical cannibalism of Machen’s Warrior Children. But it seems I have leaped out of the frying pan into the fire so far as that goes.
This week a series of meetings have been taking place in Raleigh under the banner of “Moving Forward Together: A Sacred Assembly.” You can read about it here. Basically, since Bishop Chuck Murphy decided to break with the Archbishop of Rwanda and go rogue with the Anglican Mission in America, a number of local AMiA churches have been looking for a less schismatic way of moving forward. Please pray for cool heads and warm hearts to prevail as all of this gets sorted out. Generally, I am encouraged by what I’ve heard about the “Moving Forward Together” meetings and am pretty excited to see what God may be up to.
But, of course, these are not the only challenges facing the Anglican communion at present. The following video with David Attenborough handily summarizes some of the more recent difficulties concerning the ordination of women bishops, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s leadership, and the Vatican’s opening the church doors to disgruntled Anglican clergy:
Hope that helps.