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“What, you gave a schism and nobody came?”

“What, you gave a schism and nobody came?”

Andrew Brown writes in The Guardian that schism in the Anglican Communion no longer matters. He responds to the news that “…the evangelical wing of the Church of England announced – yet again – its plans to rebel against any open accommodation with gay people”:

Once upon a time, this would have been a story. We heard threats to withhold money from the central bodies of the Church of England, threats to ignore the authority of other bishops, threats of defections to their grouping from the mainstream of opinion here. All these things will no doubt happen, as they have been happening in a small way for the past 20 years. What’s new is that no one any longer cares. The split has happened, and it turns out not to matter at all.

Is he right?


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Adam Spencer

We’re all one in and as Christ’s Body by virtue of our baptism whether we like it or not. We can keep fighting or we can work together. But it is awfully hard to proclaim or heal or repair anything when your hand keeps punching your eye.

Kurt Wiesner

Well said Jesse!

Jesse Zink

Perhaps this is only the death of current forms of relationship. Maybe we can start working for a resurrected future where the voices of men and bishops don’t dominate the conversation to quite the extent they do now, and we start seriously listening to the voices of women, young people, and the non-ordained.


Kurt Wiesner

To give credit where it is due, my “headline” is Andrew Brown’s opening line of his article (which I thought should have been the title).

I agree with you that The Guardian headline doesn’t due Brown’s story justice.


Christopher Johnson

Coming from someone on the other end of the spectrum, Andy’s probably right for once. As far as I’m concerned, you guys are welcome to “official” recognition, for whatever that’s still worth, if you want it.

Want to kill ACNA? Simple. Have Lambeth Palace officially recognize it as Anglican.

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