ORIGINAL Within the last week we obsessives in Anglicanland who follow this or that news service, and may or may not scout about the obscure corners of that land, likely will have come across the following matters relating to recent synods and to an ordination which took place here in Christchurch on Saturday. The links to these matters are placed here with minimal comment.
If they serve no other purpose, they may help me at a future point in time to quickly re-find a link. Discussion is welcomed - on the issues, not ad hominem. One particular question I have is this: does the last week represent a turning point in the tide of Anglican Communion affairs? To change metaphors, is the parting of the Anglican ways beyond reversing?
(In no particular order of importance/significance)
The ordination on Saturday
The Archbishop of Sydney's recent Presidential Address (as reported)
The Archbishop of Sydney's Presidential Address (as defended)
The full text of the above address
A couple of supporting blogposts for the address, here and here.
Syndey also passed a motion re marriage, here, which places the Diocese in a state of impaired communion with ACANZP and with the Diocese of Christchurch ... and with me.
For an interesting take on the address in respect of what freedom of belief means, inside the church and inside the nation, see here.
But it is not all about Sydney. The Diocese of Melbourne had its Synod late last week. One report is here.
Archbishop Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne, rightly says the church is in a crisis.
Unfortunately the Melbourne Synod joined the Sydney synod in sending greetings to the ordination service on Saturday (i.e. a recognition of the new Anglican church here). I do not have a link for that, but I can confirm it. I first saw mention of it in this tweet from Archbishop Davies:
Within that photo are serving bishops of the Anglican Communion.A great celebration in Christchurch! 3 Archbishops + 15 Bishops from 4 continents witness and affirm the Church of Confessing #Anglicans Aotearoa New Zealand and its first Bishop Jay Behan. Greetings from Sydney and Melbourne Synods and from across the world.— Archbp Glenn Davies (@abpdavies) October 19, 2019
Matt 28:19,20 pic.twitter.com/wV0I9cJ4PU
Within some of the links above are signs of an Australian Anglican church in crisis.
I can see no way to avoid the crisis becoming a schism unless a spirit of Anglican compromise prevails over episcopal and synodical minds and hearts.
Our experience in our church, however, more than suggests that even when a great compromise is offered, there is a mode of Anglican theology which will reject it.
If Australia splits, I think the Communion as a formal body expressing a global intent to be a unified polity of and for Anglicans is #goneburger.