On April 24th there is a scheduled meeting of the Network Bishops. "The purpose of the meeting," according to the ACN website, "is to allow Network bishops to speak frankly with each other about the future." There will be plenty to talk about, including the sad showing of Network bishops at the House of Bishops meeting, where at least they might have voted as a sizable block (and perhaps objected to process) on March 15th to the deposition of Bishops Schofield and Cox. (No this is not an invitation to visit once again the validity of the vote.)
The Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes lists 10 dioceses as part of the Network, also known as "The Anglican Communion Network", but a recent posting on the ACN website says, "Dioceses that have made formal decisions to affiliate with the Network are Fort Worth, Quincy, Pittsburgh, Albany, South Carolina, San Joaquin, Central Florida, Dallas and Springfield. (The Diocese of the Rio Grande took a number of steps toward affiliation. However, their status was never completely clear.)" So there are nine members of the Network, for sure.
Over at Stand Firm (see, I knew I'd have to refer to them again) they have been compiling a list of how bishops voted on the matter of consent to deposition of Bishops Schofield and Cox.
So far we have the following, if the Stand Firm list is reasonably correct:
Springfield – Beckwith.
Duncan – Pittsburgh
Iker – Fort Worth
Howe, Central Florida
Lawrence, South Carolina
Present / Abstain 1
Not reported: 1
No Bishop: 1
So far, out of ten possible votes to support Schofield and Cox, only three No votes (votes supporting them) are known to have been cast. It would appear then that nine Network bishops (if one includes Bishop Schofield) are in formally in play, of whom eight were in a position to vote on the depositions. Three actually voted to support Schofield and Cox.
It would seem that the bishops will have a lot to talk about at the meeting on the 24th. The Network Bishops are shutting down: one has left the Episcopal Church, two are thinking of doing so, five or so are sticking it out for the present, and perhaps one is just missing in action.
My sense is the meeting will spell the end of the Network. Its activities will be absorbed in the Common Cause Partnership and those Network Bishops that are contemplating leaving the Episcopal Church will find comfort there. Those who remain will hopefully continue to be active members of the House of Bishops, show up, vote their conscience and press for what they believe is right and good for the Church.