AAC’s leader leaves

Steve Waring of the Living Church has broken this story:

“The Rev. Canon Ellis Brust, chief operating officer of the American Anglican Council (AAC) and one of three candidates in the episcopal election in the Diocese of South Carolina last month, has accepted a call to be executive officer for the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA). His wife, Cynthia, director of communications for the AAC, also will join the AMiA as director of communications.”

I wonder if the AAC’s funders have decided that it has outlived its usefulness. This development suggests some interesting infighting on the Anglican right. The Rev. Brust goes from running for bishop in South Carolina to taking over an organization that is locked in a bitter court battle with the diocese. He moves from the leadership of an organization that made its own distorted noitons of “Windsor compliance” the litmus test for remaiining in the Anglican Communion to the leadership of an organization that has not use for Windsor whatsoever.

Meanwhile, the moderator of the Anglican Communion Network has released this letter, which reads to me like commentary on a debate that I am not privy to.

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  1. brad hutt

    I am growing very weary of your snide remarks about the AAC Organization.

    I know Ellis and Cnythia personally, they are from South Carolina and are very eager to return there to be with family given this opportunity with AMiA planting one new church every three weeks.

    I can also assure you there is no infighting on the Anglican Right, the AAC leaders and members are united in a “Common Cause” with the Network, AMiA and other organizations. Additionally, the AAC has no “distorted notions of Windsor compliance” that I am aware of. The overwhelming majority of the Anglican Communion called for compliance with WR it is the Episcopal Church and it’s distorted notions that failed miserably at GC2006.

  2. RMF

    I always appreciate Jim’s interesting postings about some Network shenanigans becasue they are good comic relief if nothing else.

    One of the best things about using a computer is that you don’t have to go to any site you don’t want to. So if you are tired of “snide” remarks why not stop reading them–just an idea.

    Don’t forget to be a gracious guest and thank Jim and the Diocese of Washington for hosting this site and letting you jabber on.

  3. brad hutt


    Oh, so we have a comedian in the crowd… Sticks and stones may br….. but I am not going anywhere. I love this blog-there is so much opportunity here to engage in good old honest dialogue and bring out the truth when necessary.

    P.S. We were not talking about the Network-it was the AAC and Ellis Brust.

  4. Jim Stockton

    Reading the comments of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, I note that he continues to mistate the facts. Seven bishops, not dioceses, have asked for APO. One diocese, not eight, have asked for APO. I think the self-exaltation of bishops that comes through in his comments, and in the commentary that flows from the so-called ‘Windsor Compliant’ bishops and from some of the primates, demonstrates a clericalism unlike anything Anglican. As the cowardly lion put it: “De Noive!”

    As for compliance with the Windsor Report, the so-called WR Compliant bishops have betrayed that already. AMiA, AAC, and ACN have all betrayed the WR in their promotion of so-called ‘orthodox’ blishops and clergy violating juridistictional boundaries to provide ‘pastoral care’ for fellow true believers. Bogus! It is the Global South primates who have now thoroughly thrown the WR out the window in declaring their intention to ‘create’ an alternative Anglican province in North America. What they really hope to do, it seems, is create yet one more splinter alternative to true Anglicanism. I think we true Epsicopalians and true Anglican Communion members should let them have at it. If you must, then go in Peace, but Go already!

  5. brad hutt


    True Anglicans? True Episcopalians? True Anglican Communion Members?

    I ask who are you to determine what is true? Is it the relative truth of Frank Griswold you speak of where everyone has their own truth?

    How outrageous it is to call these Windsor compliant bishops betrayers for coming to the aid of persecuted traditional laymen, priests, parishes and dioceses in ECUSA. The overwhelming majority of Primates in the Anglican Communion have said the Episcopal Church is the betrayer in the Communion. ECUSA is being held accountable for it’s unilateral actions, and now come the consequences, hang on to your hats……….

  6. Bob in SWPA


    What is traditional Episcopalian? The people who have over run the Diocese of Pittsburgh are mostly new Episcopalians and not really Episcopalians. They dance in the isles after receiving holy communion, throw their arms in the air and clap during mass. This isn’t the traditional layman, etc… that I grew up with. They talk about how a chasuble looks too Catholic and they don’t bother singing the mass propers let alone even recite them. I suppose the Kyrie, Gloria or Agnus Dei are too Catholic.

    Maybe you think guitars and drums and clapping in the isles is traditional but not to me. Please I want my smells and bells and I don’t want to know what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom!

  7. Widening Gyre

    Hey Bob,

    I’ve written some kickin’ versions of the Kyrie, the Gloria and the Angus Dei with guitars. I don’t think it has to be your “either/or” scenario. I prefer the both/and approach.

  8. Bob in SWPA

    Ah yes, both, a variety, diversity, more than one way. That is what I use to find in the Episcopal Church. I don’t want to exclude anyone, just don’t call me a pagan because I don’t buy the literal interpretation of the Adam and Eve story.

    I’m glad you do both and I hope you enjoy both. I personally like a variety of musical styles and worship services.

    God’s Peace, Bob

  9. brad hutt


    Episcopalians celebrate their faith in a variety of ways at worship services, some very anglo- catholic and some very charismatic-I enjoy both.

    Traditional Episcopalians believe in upholding the faith delivered and the authority of Scripture, adhearance to our Core beliefs, among them belief in the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the bodily resurrection, and the need for personal transformation in Christ as the way to salvation.

    In regards to your final comment, I can only say

    something that should have stayed in the bedroom, should not have been brought to the church to be blessed and declared holy love.


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