"Bishops of those Episcopal Church dioceses that have formally affiliated with the Anglican Communion Network will meet in Chicago on April 24. The purpose of the meeting is to allow Network bishops to speak frankly with each other about the future.
As the crisis in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion has deepened, Network bishops and dioceses have been moving in several directions. Some Network dioceses have re- affiliated or are considering re-affiliating with other provinces of the Anglican Communion. Individual Network bishops have left The Episcopal Church to join other communions. Other bishops are attempting to be a voice for orthodoxy within The Episcopal Church.
“I have called this meeting because we need to talk frankly and openly about the future and how we as Network bishops can help the Network best fulfill its mission to build a biblical, missionary and united Anglican witness in the years ahead,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Network."
Common Cause Partnership, a grouping of Anglican communities - some in communion with Canterbury and some not - is a branching off from the Network. The Moderator of CCP seems to think that this new effort is an extension of the Network's mission: “It is clear that the Network has a continuing mission to unite orthodox Anglicans, especially as increasing numbers of Network parishes and now dioceses are exiting The Episcopal Church. We will be talking about how we can work together to accomplish this goal even as we bless the several paths we have chosen as bishops and dioceses."
But not all bishops and dioceses in the Network are so inclined to think that uniting "orthodox" Anglicans in North America (including church groups not in communion with Canterbury and groups that have affiliated with other Provinces) ought to be understood as the Network's mission. The several paths will probably lead to a clearer separation of those working in TEC and those working elsewhere.
It may very well be that this Chicago meeting will spell the end of the Network as a force within The Episcopal Church. I have suggested earlier that in answering the question, "Why the Network Matters" Canon Daryl Fenton, Chief Operating Officer of the Network, essentially indicated that the Network is now the staff of the Common Cause Partnership.
So perhaps the Chicago meeting is a chance to be frank about it all, shake hands and unwind the Network into those who are going to stay in the Episcopal Church and those who are part of a new Anglican entity related to all the rest of the Provinces in the Communion in different sort of way, perhaps in a new world wide configuration of churches.