- Can we agree to interchangeability of those in holy orders?
- Will we work actively together at the local level?
- Will we consult with one another as we seek to plant congregations?
- Can we agree to mutual review of candidates for bishop before consecrations?
- Will we share ministry initiatives or needlessly duplicate efforts?
- Can we agree about appropriate ratios of bishops to congregations, attendance and membership?
- Would each one of us be willing to give up episcopal function for the good of the whole, were that in the best interests of all?
- Could each one of us become a missionary bishop over a growing Church?
(1) Where is the media covering this meeting? There has been a bit in the Pittsburgh papers, a snippet here and there, but not the media gang. Maybe that's a sign. No news if you don't open the doors sometimes, and no news unless you make news.
(ii) What's the future of the Common Cause Partnership? The Common Cause Partnership (CCP) is a product of the ever inventive minds over at the Anglican Communion Network. It's long range goal is to work for a unified "orthodox" Anglican presence in North America.
They are disparate enough and fractured enough to be desperate, and if desperate perhaps willing to do what is required to pull together. But union born of desperation is not a good start, and at the moment their common cause is mostly their disdain and distance from The Episcopal Church and increasingly the Archbishop of Canterbury and the CofE. If the conversation turns, as it might, to mission efforts that do not require being part of the Anglican Communion but part of a new improved Anglicanism with its headquarters somewhere (perhaps in Egypt) and its ordering more strongly puritanical and imbued with the fervor of East African revivalism and English evangelicalism, perhaps the Common Cause Partnership, or some parts of it, will take off.
It is my sense that the CCP will grow to be the North American entity related to a new improved Orthodox Evangelical Anglican Communion (NIOEAC) and when it all shakes out they will be another world wide body claiming to be the REAL church.
Meanwhile the Anglican Communion will continue to be a fellowship of churches making no claim save that of enduring partnerships and common mission.