... continuing from the post below ... (I encourage you, late Saturday 9 January, to read the dialogue in the comments below between Bryden Black and Bowman Walton) ...
8. Friday 8 January Am I feeling overwhelmed by the number of posts across the Angliglobe today?
Answer: Yes, but please read on!!
If there is one and only one post you (and, I hope, also ++Justin, ++Peter Jensen, Dean Martyn Percy and all the ++Primates) read before Monday then it is:
High Stakes, Three Facts by Bowman Walton.
There are some very, very good (= thoughtful and/or important statements of position) other posts to consider:
Why the Primates Meeting is Important by Mark Harris
A Letter from Archbishop Stanley Ntagali to his Anglican Church in Uganda, headed up "Uganda will walk out of Primates Meeting, if "godly" order not restored" on Anglican Ink. I don't think this is posturing because ++Ntagali states clearly that he is bound by decisions of his church in terms of what he can and cannot agree to.
On beyond Primates by Jesse Zink. I don't agree with all Jesse says (e.g. about the relative unimportance of the Primates' Meetings) but he puts his finger on something extremely important: beyond primates, bishops, and such, Anglicans are very good at personally relating to one another even in disagreement. Can we take the "personal" virtue of Anglicanism and somehow embed it in the "institutional" (which, in this case of the PM, would be about finding ways to be a "communion" even when there are different "canonicities"). If those last few words do not make sense, go back to Bowman Walton's article linked above!
Pope Gregory and #Primates2016 - diversity, sex, and church order by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes. Ecclesial Groundhog Day?
9. Saturday 9 January Did you realise that James Bond is working behind the scenes of the Primates' Meeting?
Answer: Neither did I, until I saw this headline, "Spectre of walkout ..."
Actually, something important must be at stake because the Church Times, bless it, has not put the James Bond article behind its paywall!
10. Sunday 10 January* Is David Ould predictably right?
Answer: We will know in a few days time! I think his prognostication is a fair one on the basis of what we all know (and on the basis of some further knowledge David knows). If he is proved wrong, then it could be through a "moment/movement of the Spirit" which no one has seen coming; or it could be that human politicking all gets rather more complicated than we think (e.g. some kind of postponement of a decision).
I am posting this question Saturday evening NZ time ... I have rather a busy morning at church tomorrow!
11. Monday 11 January Will this letter make any difference?
Answer: We may never know. Brother Ivo gives a reasoned explanation for his signing of the letter. He rightly draws attention to something said to the recent CofE General Synod by Fr. Raniero:
"We should never allow a moral issue like that of sexuality divide us more than love for Jesus Christ unites us."
Postscript to Monday: a few other posts I think are worthy of note. (Absent posts might mean I am not that caring about what is in them!)
Psephizo, and I later note, another Psephizo post, making a response to another Martyn Percy article. (For what it is worth, since I was quite critical of the first Martyn Percy article, a few weeks back here on ADU, I both agree with Ian Paul's theological analysis of the weakness of Percy's thinking re (alleged) (semi-) Pelagianism and I support Percy reminding us of two things: we are talking about people, not only principles, people who are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, best friends and recent acquaintances, many of whom are being turned off God by the way these matters are being handled; secondly, it is discrimination to harp on about one group of Christians imperilling their salvation. My best understanding of myself is that daily (make that hourly and minute by minute) I am a continuing sinner in danger of losing my salvation. We all need a blast from Scripture about living in the Spirit and walking according to the law of Christ!)
In a Godward Direction
The last word for now is appropriately from The Living Church.