Speaking recently Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori set out a potent vision for Anglican catholicity:
" "The leadership of Christian bodies like ours, as well as all of the partners we can discover and nurture, are needed in order to transform the future," she said. "We must build networks for that transformed future, for that image of the reign of God … That future is only possible with the catholicity of relationships beyond our current understanding. We must reach beyond the bounds that divide us for the love of God and for the love of our neighbors. We can do no less; we can do nothing more important." "
This is precisely what the Anglican Communion needs in the present situation where our diversity is such that we need to "build networks for that transformed future" on the basis that the "future is only possible with the catholicity of relationships beyond our current understanding." In respect of the differences between TEC and ACNA it is indeed true that "We must reach beyond the bounds that divide us for the love of God and for the love of our neighbours. We can do no less ..."
Even more potent is that Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori expressed this vision precisely in a geographical location in which overlapping Anglican jurisdictions already exist and are working out the Anglicn future of that location together.
Over to you, Archbishop Bob Duncan, to return service with an equally potent vision, and for a joint declaration of cessation of legal actions within the shores of the USA!
Unfortunately, the reality of the Presiding Bishop's expression of catholicity is that it was made in the context of friendly overtures to European churches rather than friendly overtures to ACNA. But one can only live and pray in hope that one day we Anglicans might be as ecumenically minded towards ourselves as towards others.