The Common Cause Partnership website is now posting application forms for becoming part of the "Province of the Anglican Church in North America. (ACNA)" In giving an explanation of just what a Province is, the cover letter from Moderator / Archbishop Designate Duncan says this,
"Consistent with all Anglican practice, congregations are a part of an Anglican Province because they are part of a diocese which, in turn, is part of a group of dioceses banded together as a national (or international) Church. This principle is critical to understanding the Provisional Constitution of the Anglican Church in North America, and to the steps we all need to take as we move toward our first Provincial Assembly."
Note that the missing bit in this is that an "Anglican Province" is that because the church is part of the Anglican Communion and is called a province as a convenience so that one does not have to say over and over again "national or regional church," and what makes a church part of the Anglican Communion is in part that it is a church in communion with the See of Canterbury (which triggers the invites to Lambeth and the Primates Meetings) and included in the Anglican Consultative Council, which inclusion can either trigger recognition by the ABC or be the result of recognition by the ABC.
Now it turns out that "The Province of the Anglican Church in North America" may be a province of something, but not of the Anglican Communion. At least not yet.
But the forms are in place and the signatures are shaping up. Moderator Duncan of the Common Cause Partnership signs himself in the letter as shown on the right.
The method here is well known: Keep talking and writing as if you are what you hope to be and after a while no one will notice that the words will flow like honey: "Anglican Province," "Province of ACNA," "Archbishop designate of the Province of ACNA," etc, will be used more and more as shorthand and it will seem perfectly reasonable. Putting out application forms in the name of a Province is the way to go. And as we all know in bureaucratic Anglican Land (a land of suffering and gloom) FORM is everything. Ask any postulant for holy orders.
But the facts are different: ACNA right now not the Province of anything and it is surely not an Anglican Province, if that has any connection at all to being a Province of the Anglican Communion.