About the AAC Media Advisory, preparing for future with relocation

In the AAC's "media advisory" The American Anglican Council : AAC Media Advisory: AAC Prepares for Future with Relocation it was noted, "Following General Convention 2003, the AAC experienced significant growth in membership, staff and scope and is now poised to assist with a new level of realignment. "

"A new level of realignment." Wow! Doesn't that sound like fun! The AAC, who as we know also provides challenge grants for monies to fund the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, continues to claim that it is a movement within the Episcopal Church, but that claim grows more and more difficult to take seriously. The AAC is acting more and more as an organization ready to pounce, declaring itself to true flag bearer for Anglicanism in these parts. The Advisory clearly indicates that the move to Atlanta is in preparation for a sweep through the South. A new level of realignment will involve "appropriate action (to) assist individuals and congregations in moving forward. There will be much work before us including canonical, legal and property issues as well as mobilizing the faithful to proclaim the Gospel and buildup our congregations.”

The move, dear friends, is to this end: to help people and parishes to get out of the Episcopal Church and into another church community, namely the Network. Having called for people to abandon ship, the AAC now has boats launched. As they row away some may look back and notice the ship is not sinking, but rather moving on. It was not hit by an iceburg, but rather by gust of the Spirit's wind, fortunately blowing in the same direction as the ship itself was going. But it is moving away from the AAC boats. Ah well!


  1. Right, the Titanic didn't hit an iceberg, it just decided to be a submarine in its next life.

  2. I've posted a response on my blog:


    rather lengthy. Fr. Mark, if you'd care to post the whole thing in your comments section, you have my permission, but I didn't want to junk up your blog without yours.

    Brad Drell

  3. Many, many boats have been launched over the past quarter-century. And on the infrequent occasions we look back we see your once grand ship of state listing further and further, riding ever lower in the waves.

    When the realignment comes, at least some of us will be coming home.

  4. I didn't know you had a blog until today...glad to find it! I've enjoyed your articles in The Witness and elsewhere for some time.

    No, you don't know me as Jake. But you did refer to something I wrote under my real name regarding Ahmanson once, which I quoted at Jake's place of course, partially for the fun I had in citing myself, without my readers knowing it. Heh.

    No surprise here. Since the Chapman letter came out, anyone who bothers to read the internal documents of the AAC, or the Network (new name, but same game) know their goal is nothing less than the destruction of the Episcopal Church.

  5. Thanks to Jake, I found your blog and your website. They are both now included in my favorites. In a small church in a small town in a southern diocese (albeit a very open parish in a very closed town in a very open diocese), one looks for writings such as yours that challenge and encourage. Thanks and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.


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