Pastor Rick Warren, who one hopes will pray a good prayer in Washington on the 20th, has kept his hand in Anglican and Episcopal affairs, mucking about as occasion requires.
Readers will remember that he wrote the Time Magazine article on Archbishop Akinola that was lavish in praise. About him Warren said, "Akinola has the strength of a lion, useful in confronting Third World fundamentalism and First World relativism." It is instructive to look at the Time Magazine 2006 list of the 100 most influential people. John McCain, George W. Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton made the list. President elect Barack Obama did not. Oh well.
Now it appears that Warren is offering help to the realignment crowd using St. James' Church, Newport Beach, and others who may loose the use of facilities they have occupied. Read the comment on the Christianity Today blog HERE.
Warren is reported to have written
"... [The Episcopal Church has] already considered me an adversary after partnering on projects with Kolini, Orumbi, and Nzimbi, and writing the TIME bio on Akinola.
But since last summer... I’ve been on Gene Robinson and other’s attack list for my position on gay marriage. ....[Our] brothers and sisters here at St. James in Newport Beach lost their California State Supreme Court case to keep their property.
We stand in solidarity with them, and with all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County.
Timothy C. Morgan posted this scrap of information on the CC blog and obviously edited the letter. Warren seems to be establishing his credentials with whoever he is writing. The Episcopal Church considers him an adversary, and he considers himself on "Gene Robinson and other's attack list."
His welcome to those who might find themselves without a church building is commendable. Notice, however, that he did not offer the same to the members of congregations who did not wish to identify with the realignment crowd. He welcomes perceived friends, but perceived not enemies. He seems glad to make it clear that he has no truck with The Episcopal Church. That's OK by me.