Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Well Done, Bishops, Well Done!

If you have not already done so, please read the three resolutions of the House of Bishops meeting that were made yesterday. Here is a link to the three "mind of the house" resolutions. Essentially the resolutions:
  • strongly affirm the desire to remain a full, constituent part of the Anglican Communion and the desire for the Communion to remain a Communion.
  • Takes back from the ACI/ACN/AAC the right to define what we mean in our own constitution and canons, after years of scholarly-sounding reinterpreting and proof-texting.
  • Recognizes that the "key recommendations" of the last Primates meeting would harm the Episcopal church in a fundemental way and, contrary to the Primates perceptions, places the process of how to respond squarely where it belongs.
  • Invites the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates Standing Committee to come to the Episcopal Church for prayer and consultation. Don't worry, guys, we'll pick up the tab.
  • Explains in magnificent Jeffersonian detail why the Communique, the Key Recommendations and the Turbo-charged Covenant "process" is unacceptable.
  • In that explanation, the Bishops directly confronts years of reappraisal by the reasserters .
There is a load of material to reflect on this week. The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radners and the Rev. Dr. Katherine Greib both gave useful presentations earlier this week, and then these three documents plus whatever else the Bishops may come out with today. Other bloggers are keeping up. See Thinking Anglicans, Daily Episcopalian, Episcopal Majority, Preludium, MadPriest, Entangled States and others. Please look them over. After class, mass, and stations, I will reflect more on these tonight.

In the meantime, all I can say is, "well done, Bishops, well done!"

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