There is something odd about some advice a leading Anglican bishop has given the Anglican primates. Thus Bishop David Anderson of the AAC writes,
"If asked my opinion, I would strongly advise the orthodox Primates to 1) organize before the Primates' meeting, and 2) attend and remove by force of numbers the Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church (not physically, but by either voting her off the "island," or recessing to another room and not letting her in). The meeting is a place to gather and potentially to settle some of the issues that are pulling the Anglican Communion apart, and to begin to restore health to a most wonderful communion.
In the above case, if Dr. Williams did not go along with Jefferts Schori's exclusion, then I would suggest having the next-door-meeting without him. I just don't believe staying home from the field of battle helps win a war over the truth and nature of Christianity within Anglicanism. The Christian Church needs a spiritually strong and muscular Anglicanism to re-evangelize the West; are we willing to make the sacrifices in order for this to happen?" (My italics)
I understand that when people are "voted off the island" on these survivor reality TV shows, the first thing they do is give interviews to glossy magazine journals who like nothing better than banner headlines like 'Chazza glad to leave: fellow contestants "spiteful" and "cruel",' or "Sasha's secret torment on island: crabs ate her little toes." No doubt with a little more style, and to a better quality rag, why should ++Jefferts Schori not speak to the media if dumped from the Primates' Meeting? She will look saintly, and wear the afterglow of martyrdom. They will look like ... well, frankly, twits. Even sillier would be making ++Williams a fellow sufferer for the world media to feed on.
As for a 'muscular Anglicanism' to re-evangelize the West, the West has been evangelised muscularly (Moody, Sunday, Graham, Campus Crusade for Christ, etc) and here we are the most secular hemisphere in the world! Such evangelists faithfully proclaimed the gospel, and many were converted to Christ. But other forces have been at work in the Western world which have led to the need for 're-evangelization.' We need to better understand those forces - the response to which is not 'muscular Anglicanism'. Actually, it is not any kind of Anglicanism that is going to re-evangelise the West, of course. The key lies in the work of the Spirit of God, not of our muscles.
Oh, and there might be that other thing, the thing which Jesus talked about, prayed about, and said it would help people to know God. Unity. Of course unity is helped by keeping people on the island, and the primates in the same room. Talking. And it will need to be smarter than the thinking being exhibited here by +Anderson. Whatever their critics think of them, ++Jefferts Schori and ++Williams are not lacking in the little grey cells.
I can agree with +Anderson that the primates should go to the meeting.