Further work for General Synod?
I wrote very briefly about today’s action in General Synod related to ACNA. In less than an hour (I know you can hardly wait), I’ll have a more extended commentary posted. Meanwhile, I was inspired by a tweet from @MoAmy to suggest the following motion for General Synod. Synod has opened the door for secessionists to do their thing in England, so they might as well get started now.
Here’s my motion:
That this Synod
(a) aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of England;
(b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed The Free Church of England to remain within the Anglican family;
(c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and
(d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011.
Synod members are now saying, “Yes, but that’s different.” Not really.
ACNA includes the Reformed Episcopal Church, formed about the same time as FCofE. FCofE, like ACNA, have seceded from the recognized local Anglican body. FCofE, like ACNA, claims to be wholly legitimate. So if you are going to make overtures toward ACNA, it only makes sense to match that with overtures toward others. Don’t forget these people. And these people. There are probably more. There will certainly be more in the future, if splintering Anglicans in the US are any indicator.
P.S. You might as well include these people too. At least they’re funny.