Episcopal Cafe / Episcopal Daily division always has interesting essays, but today's warrants a careful read. There is mounting evidence that the moratoria insisted on by the Archbishop of Canterbury and others is bad for our spiritual health. Donald Schell's essay, "Moratorium? Not again,"sets the current effort to still the waters and step back in the context of the moratorium / compromise before, during and following the Civil War regarding slavery, the war itself and the continuing silence of the Church for almost one hundred years.
The author concludes, "Speaking our truthful refusal to accept this new moratorium and acknowledging our past sins as a church will not prevent painful conversation and conflict. Painful conversation and conflict is inevitably part of growth and change. But recalling our old moratorium and what we learned from it could plant a seed of Gospel unity in penance and Christian charity. Like the mustard seed, such unity grows from a tiny beginning to a shrub so generous that birds will nest together in its shade. It’s time to insist. Whatever it takes, we’ll ‘yes’ to communion and ‘no’ to moratorium."