Of course fellowship, as in "The Anglican Communion is a fellowship…", only works that way if the representatives of the Provinces that make up this fellowship actually share time together. That is why on its own particular level the Primates Meeting is meant to be a sequestered event. It is a chance for them to meet, pray and work together…to "fellowship."
So it is more than disappointing to note that in addition to broken fellowship at the Lord's Table, about which much has been written, there is broken fellowship at regular meals. It would appear that work and politics (no, plotting) is breaking up that old gang of ours.
The Living Church yesterday reported as follows:
"The communiqué drafting committee returned to its work following dinner, while in a second floor private dining room, leaders of the Global South primates' coalition met with American and British supporters staying at the hotel." It's hard to say if the "private dining room" meeting was over dinner or whether this "coalition" retired there following dinner, but they retired of interaction with the rest of the gathering. The use of the term "coalition," sets the tone. There is not one meeting going on, there are two. The arrogance quote before the meeting that the neighboring hotel was the "real headquarters," is now reflected in a breakaway fellowship group, a coalition of Global South Primates and "American and British supporters."
As to the communiqué drafting committee: to them falls the miserable task of lifting from the several days conversations a statement about what the Primates think of the Sub Committee Report on the Episcopal Church and its response to Windsor, the continuation of the Episcopal Church in the meetings of the instruments of the Anglican Communion (Lambeth, ACC, Primates, and committees), and further requirements of / invitations to the Episcopal Church. It will also have to say something about the emerging Anglican Covenant, the draft of which will be available to the rest of the Anglican World sometime soon. So work has taken some of the Primates away to this form of post dinner indigestion. Pray for them and their fortitude.
Work and plotting has broken up the gang. I suppose this means that the remaining Primates were able to rest well.