Recently we noted here that the Global South Primatial Oversight Council is offering episcopal oversight and support for Anglicans dissenting from local jurisdictional authority structures.
Today it looks like South Carolina will be the first Diocese to take up this offer as a resolution to this effect is announced on Titus One Nine as on the books for the forthcoming Diocesan Convention next weekend.
It is tempting to see South Carolina's move as solely related to one matter, homosexuality and then to either condemn South Carolina for making one issue, not found in the creeds, a reason for schism (which took place a while ago) and now for revision of structural arrangements as an Anglican diocese within the Anglican Communion, or to commend the example of South Carolina as a way forward for other dioceses (perhaps even parishes) around the world to remain within the Anglican Communion when they experience disagreement with their province (or parish with diocese and/or province) over homosexuality.
The reality (as being noted in various comments below) is that South Carolina has left it larger church body (The Episcopal Church [TEC]) because it has determined that the differences between its understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ (as revealed to us through Scripture and taught in the tradition of the Anglican church since the days of the English Reformation) and TEC's understanding of the gospel are a barrier to remaining in continued communion with TEC.
Thus condemning South Carolina for making a schism out of homosexuality is a condemnation based on a peculiar understanding of the situation South Carolina in relationship to TEC finds itself in.
Conversely, before rushing to imitate South Carolina, I suggest it worth hitting the 'pause' button in order to reflect, Is the larger body to which I and my parish/diocese are a part in great disagreement over the gospel itself? (For example, a helpful related question could be, Is that larger body inhibiting the preaching of the gospel in my parish or in the churches of my diocese?)
Many Anglicans who have worried about what other Anglicans in their patch really believe about the gospel have lived with considerable disagreement over the gospel for a long time. Is anything different in your patch about preaching the gospel today? Speaking only for myself, and only about my church ACANZP, I do not see any great difference about the mix of views roundabouts today compared with many yesterdays.
Fellow Kiwi Anglicans, what do you think?
Other Anglicans, what is happening in your patch?
If every diocese does a 'South Carolina', there will be quite a bit of chaos!