The Anglican Communion Institute is pretty busy for an organization that has had to completely revamp and start over again from being The Anglican Communion Institute, with the Rev. Canon Donald Armstrong as Executive Director to being the Anglican Communion Institute, Inc. without him. Just to make sure their presence continues, members have written several essays in the past week, and today there is the following:
"FOLLOWING CHRIST THE LORD
IN COMMUNION, COVENANT & MISSION
Monday July 2nd – Thursday July 5th, 2007
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
The point of our meeting?
To incarnate Communion life, across provincial borders, and so to strengthen our mission in the name of Christ Jesus. This is a time for fellowship, worship, planning and mutual support, especially for Windsor Bishops and their colleagues in the Church of England and in the Communion more broadly."
This meeting comes between the two meetings announced by the steering committee of the Windsor Bishops, the one June 18-19 the other August 9-10.
Well the five theologians in search of a system are trying to make a push for their relevance in the issues of the day. The point of the meeting seems rather diffused for that end. Perhaps its purpose is more pointed - to continue pushing for what it holds as the future for the Anglican Communion. One of its writers, The Rev. Dr. Christopher Seitz, states it this way in the fourth option in an article titled, "Possibilities for an Anglican Future"
(That) "The Anglican Communion follows the direction given by its preeminent councils, whose cooperative work represents most fully the mind of the Anglican church. This means now that the Communion must proceed forward on the understanding that the enhanced role given to the Primates’ Meeting by the other Instruments of Communion is warranted by these Instruments’ unconstrained choosing; that the Dar es Salaam communiqué offers the conciliarly agreed away forward; that the initial response of The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops is initial only (insofar as all that has been asked of it has yet concretely to be adjudicated) and cannot hold hostage in any event what Dar has requested, short of the Instruments of Communion so declaring. On this understanding the decision of Canterbury to visit the TEC’s House of Bishops near to the deadline of 30 September in no way compromises the work of the Primates’ Meeting and may indeed assist in helping them form a response to what TEC’s bishops declare as of the deadline given to them. There is no reason to believe that Canterbury is visiting for any other reason than as the President of the Primates’ Meeting who will return to that meeting on the basis of what was said when last it adjourned. This understanding of the future of Anglican Communion Christianity also supports the work of the Covenant Design group, precisely because such work is warranted by the Windsor Report, authorized by the Primates, sent on to the Provinces and gathered at the Lambeth Conference, to be then discussed at the ACC, and because this work is crucial for comprehending the very way forward that is represented by conciliarity, of which it is an integral part."
In other words, the meeting this summer is to bolster the idea that the Draft Covenant being proposed be the final clamp down on the Episcopal Church, that the Anglican Communion become an itty-bitty version of the Church of Rome, and that The Episcopal Church be booted for a better carrier of the Anglican name.
I wasn't invited to this august gathering, not being part of the ACI, the College, its friends or a Windsor Bishop, invited bishops in the Church of England, or their friends. It's OK.