I’ve read articles from both sides of the aisle over property belonging to churches that have left the Episcopal Church. TEC continues to operate on the idea that people will stay in TEC simply because of buildings. Bishop Bruno of Los Angeles stated he was going to invite St. James Newport Beach back to the fold. It is as if the institutionalists just don’t get it…at all. The property would be nice to have, but it is not essential to mission and ministry. There are times when I’d like to take a flame thrower to every piece of Episcopal Church property in the United States (or maybe sell it all and give the money to the poor). Perhaps then the battle would become for the soul, rather than property. That is a battle worth fighting.
Look for our glorious Presiding Bishop to ride into Fort Worth on a white horse in the short term to build a rump Diocese. Good sources tell me this will happen sooner rather than later. I also think the Communion Partner bishops might have something to say about this and some other things in the short term.
The +ABC has lost his two clerical right hand men – Canon Cameron will now be a bishop in Wales, and Andrew Norman is now teaching somewhere. I can’t help but think this will mean a change in dynamic at the Communion level. Heck, the mere fact that someone else will be doing Cameron’s duties, well, doesn’t mean it will get better, but it will be different.
We are getting some rumblings here in Western Louisiana of parishes discerning whether to stay or go. This year will be challenging, and GC2009 will be a worse train wreck that 2006. We are already plotting some badges and other accouterments that will say “This is not the Church, this is General Convention” for possible sale and use during GC2009. What will be truly horrible is the aftermath. Things are ugly now, but they will get uglier.
I hate to say it, but since I’ve made partner, I’m likely to focus more on the law practice than the Anglican world. I think it is healthy to focus on what is working in your life and only doing what is necessary to taking care of what doesn’t.