Various readings in the last few days leads me to make this reflection: the Anglican Communion either continues moving forward to become a universal church or it will shrivel.
It has no future in which it looks like what it was before 1998. If, for example, the Communion wishes to insist on one episcopal jurisdiction per territory (certain territories such as these islands as exceptions), then it can only enforce this by becoming a universal church. The Communion as an informal fellowship with as few written rules as possible and intentionally weak authorities will never prevent rival Anglican jurisdictions. Failure to prevent these inevitably will create two or more Anglican networks, none of which will be as strong as the Communion pre 1998.
Similarly, a Communion which refuses to engage with the Covenant and where it might take us, will be a Communion asserting the autonomy of provinces which, in the end, will be a Communion unstitching itself. Provinces may continue to send delegates and representatives to meetings of Anglicans, but there will be no more pretence that any substantive meaning will be attached to the word 'Communion' for Anglicans. There may be 'Communion' among these (say, progressive Anglicans) or these (say, conservative Anglicans), but that will not have the substantive promise the Anglican Communion once held that we were an ecclesial community with something to offer the world, a modus operandi for very wide diversity being in union.
There is work to be done, to be sure, if we are to become a universal church: will we be led conciliarly or otherwise, what teaching will be common among us, what consistency of practice in ministry and in life itself will mark us out as distinctive? But there needs to be a will to become a universal church if the work is to be worth doing.
I do not wish to be pessimistic, but I struggle to detect that will ... whether on 'the left' or 'the right' ... and 'the centre' seems silent!
Perhaps there is no will to become what we have the potential to become. But do not be deceived about that: the Communion without the will to become a universal church will shrivel on the vine.