The actions of the Episcopal National General Convention of 2003 created the greatest crisis to ever face the Anglican Communion.  The Communion which has enjoyed centuries of natural development has had to intently reflect on the nature of Anglicanism and consider whether the Episcopal Church can still be considered part of the communion.  In order to help us understand the crisis and how we can best respond to it as a community I have written a paper entitled The Anglican River. After I wrote the document Kathey Crowe shared an article with me in The New Yorker entitled A Church Asunder. This is an excellent article that puts a human face on the theological division within the Episcopal Church that underlies the present conflict.  The American Anglican Council, a group dedicated to the reformation of the Episcopal Church, has published a document entitled Equipping The Saints, that explores this fundamental rift within the church in greater detail.  Many churches and dioceses have joined together in an association called The Anglican Communion Network in order to take a public stand for remaining Anglican.  In the event that the Episcopal General Convention of 2006 does not submit to the requirements of the Anglican Communion, The Network will likely become the way that congregations and diocese can remain within the Anglican Communion.  Joining the Network requires Vestry agreement with the Theological Charter of the Network.  The Windsor Report is shaping the future of the Anglican Communion and represents the Communion’s response to the actions of The General Convention of 2003.  It is long and important.  If you like reading primary material I commend it to you. 

My recomendation, and the majority opinion of our Vestry, is that we join the Anglican Communion Network prior to the National General Convention.  This action has a two fold purpose.  It sends a strong message to our diocesan representatives regarding our desire to remain Anglican.  It also publicaly identifies us as an orthodox Episcopal/Anglican parish that can be a comfortable home for bay area Episcopalians who feel increasingly alienated from the church they love.

Over the next several weeks we will be having many opportunities for people to discuss this painful situation.  Enjoy your reading.  I look forward to our discussion.

Your’s in Christ,