The Rector of St. Andrews, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, is following through on his recent mutterings. I reported on August 6,2009, that "... one strand of the Diocese of South Carolina is making its views known. The Rev. Steven Wood says this, " It’s time for the Diocese of South Carolina to join the new North American Province: Anglican Communion North America. Anything short will mark a complete failure of leadership."
Now it appears that the parish is about to make use of the 40 Days of Discernment materials, meant to "introduce and guide congregations through a prayerful and reasoned process lasting about 40 days to discern a way forward through the Episcopal crisis. Much of this site's content comes from the 96-page book, 40 Days of Discernment, which was authored by many different people from several Virginia congregations and other experts during the summer of 2006. You will also find links to various resources that will aid the discernment process.
I have written about this program in a post, "40 Days of Discernment”: a Sham. The 40 Days of Discernment is not about discernment at all, but about getting the steam up to leave The Episcopal Church. I said there, "This is not a discernment process, it is an argumentative, apologetic process, the purpose of which is to confirm the worst fears about the Episcopal Church (that we are heresy ridden, pagan, sexual perverts and biblical unbelievers – see the “understanding the crisis” section.
There is no discernment here. Here there is the yell of “fire” accompanied by directions to the exit."
So St. Andrew's is getting ready to leave. By the time "40 Days of Discernment" has shown up on the agenda, the leaders of the congregation are packing the books.
This is not, I believe, what the Communion Partners Bishops had in mind.