A Tale of Two Communions

By The Rev. Phil Ashey, JD, COO and Chaplain, American Anglican Council

As many of you may know, I have just returned from Jamaica where I observed first-hand the confusion, lack of procedural rules, lack of prayer, arbitrary chairmanship, delay, and priority for property and non-revelatory religion that prevailed in the institutional politics of the 14th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.

I have reached the same conclusion (again) that many here and in the Global South have reached:  namely, that there are now in fact two communions which call themselves Anglican.

In the one communion, a numerical and theological minority holds hostage the Ridley Cambridge Draft of the Anglican Communion Covenant on the grounds that the language of section 4 is “not mature enough” and needs more work.  As usual, such work is subject to the timetables of an office that has set no firm date for the conclusion of that work before the whole Covenant can be released to every Province in the Anglican Communion.
 
In the other communion, Primates and Provinces are eager to sign the Ridley Cambridge Draft right now, including section 4, despite their misgivings that it is not strong enough and lacks enforceability. They recognize that a “false gospel” has paralyzed the Anglican Communion and that this crisis must be addressed. There is an urgent need to move from “autonomy with communion,” in the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury, to a new paradigm of “communion with autonomy and accountability.” They see in the Ridley Cambridge Draft a positive step towards communion with accountability. Read the rest of this entry »

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