Some thoughts - of a most general nature for I do not want to get into the particularities and peculiarities of the constitutional arrangements of the Anglican Church of Australia and of the Church of England - are these:
1. We are all Anglicans, even in this turmoil of disagreement.
2. Anglicans have been and continue to be very adept at holding together, in one church, disagreements that make a Presbyterian blanch and a Roman Catholic wince.
3. The present disagreements concern our differences in pastoral responses to people in our pews, as prompted by changes to civil legislation.
4. Anglicans have been and continue to be very adroit at responding to pastoral needs and to living respectfully of civil authority.
5. There are grounds - based on Anglican history and Anglican character - for thinking and hoping that the present turmoil does not necessitate schism but will require forbearance and wisdom not unknown through history to both the prelates and parishioners of our churches.