OK....so a variety of folk already get it. Ruth Gledhill gets it (this time). The fat is in the fire. Ruth says, "The meat is paragraph 17 and the Recommendations in the schedule at the end." Here is Paragraph 17 of the Communique:
"17. At the heart of our tensions is the belief that The Episcopal Church  has departed from the standard of teaching on human sexuality accepted by the Communion in the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10 by consenting to the episcopal election of a candidate living in a committed same-sex relationship, and by permitting Rites of Blessing for same-sex unions. The episcopal ministry of a person living in a same-sex relationship is not acceptable to the majority of the Communion."
The Recommendations, which are not recommendations at all, but as Ruth says, "so severe in demanding proper repentance and a turning back from The Episcopal Church that even arch-conservative Peter Akinola of Nigeria was prepared to sign up."
So, I got to thinking, what STANDARD do I think holds?
Here it is:
The thing is, this Standard is bad news for all sorts and conditions of folk.
Jesus is Lord,
and the King (or Queen) is not,
the President is not,
the State is not,
the Church is not,
the Anglican Communion for sure is not,
your mama, Jesus' mama, my moma is not,
your significant squeeze is not,
mine is not,
my heterosexual relationship in the bonds of committed etc, sanctified by the Church is not,
your same sex relationship in the bonds of committed etc not sanctified by the Church is not,
anyone's idolatrous connections to anyone else's body, mind, or estate is not,
your dog, cat or goldfish is not,
and sure as shooting the bishops are not.
Jesus is Lord as a standard makes everybody nervous, and it sure should make the Primates nervous.
The Communique has many good things in it, and I can only imagine how hard the Primates had to work to cobble something together. But I am sorry to say, I am unmoved by the constant reference to Lambeth 1.10 as "standard of teaching on human sexuality." As far as I can tell it says nothing about human sexuality, save to dictate the proper limits of the rubbing together of body parts. I remain unmoved by that as ethics.
In a world in which the modus operandi is death and destruction we have every reason to wish that people would form covenants between and among themselves for their common welfare and good, honoring and loving one another in ways that are respectful and supportive, and when possible with sensual delight.
I am unmoved by the constant rumble that there is this STANDARD. It sits like a millstone around the necks of all of us.
I would see Jesus in my brothers and sisters, including the Monarchs, Presidents, Rulers, Bishops and Archbishops, rectors, and also in the poor, the soldiers in harms way, in Muslim and Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, Jews and Catholics and even Anglicans. But I would see Jesus as Lord, not them.
Well, there it is.
These are interesting times indeed, and it is about time to enter 40 days of preparation for Easter. Sounds great by comparison to reading these seven pages of fine print again.