Had a fairly pleasant day at work today. Met with my boss, handled the morning mail, been working through a pile of things that need doing. Had a great lunch with some other lawyers and some of our summer law clerks. The senior partner of the firm was there and mentioned my blog. He was amazed that so many people read it. But he asked me what the point was on broadcasting your innermost thoughts to the entire world via the internet. I had to tell him, that, no, I don’t voice my innermost thoughts on the internet. While I am an extrovert and process my thoughts externally by talking them through, I have to admit there is a great deal I hold back on the blog. I think it is wise that I do so.
But, periodically, I think it is good for me to write on my blog saying where I am with this whole Episcopal Church thing. That’s mostly what this blog has been about, and that is what most folks surf over here to read.
Frankly, it has been rather quiet lately Anglican news-wise. There is a great deal of talking, saber-rattling, and litigation, and the lines between the opposing sides are hardening. Folks are still trying to be the church on a daily basis, both inside and outside TEC in the Anglican world, but everyone is either distracted by our problems or holding back on their ministries and commitments as a result.
However, there is a sense of inevitability about all of this Anglican business. There is not going to be peace among Anglicans and Episcopalians in North America until a great deal more money gets spent. One thing I have decided that is irking the institutionalists in the Episcopal Church more than anything is the fact that conservatives in the Episcopal Church are not content to just leave – even if with their buildings – but that they want the Episcopal Church kicked out of the Anglican Communion, get their own Anglican franchise, and, the worst part, convince as many people as they can to leave with them. The last part, in all honesty, is the biggie. If the Episcopal Church wasn’t fearful of losing members to a new Anglican franchise, this all could be amicably resolved. You know what Episcopal liberals remain the most angry about? The Choose This Day Video. The Episcopal liberals still act like conservatives are in control, thinking that yelling at what few of us are left is speaking the truth to power. Conservatives become the mythical Emmanuel Goldstein from 1984. What irks the liberals the most, I think, is that conservatives no longer will recognize them as fellow Christians. Conservatives will recognize Methodists, Presbyterians, non-denominational churches, even BAPTISTS as Christians, but not some of their fellow Episcopalians. That, I think, is the crux of the problem, along with the fact that the liberals don’t understand why, and really don’t want to know why.
I have no idea how to solve this problem, and, frankly, I’m don’t think it can be because that big roomy Anglican tent can’t stretch as far as the liberals would like, and the liberals just don’t see why.