A point of personal privilege:
Occasionally some reader mistakenly believes that criticism on this blog of the leadership of the Anglican Communion means that I am opposed to the Anglican Communion itself. Far from it. In fact the criticism of the Archbishop and other leaders arises precisely because I want the Anglican Communion to be true to a vocation greater than can be provided by organization as a Church.
I am committed to being part of the Anglican Communion, which I understand to be a fellowship of Churches and not a Church, a Fellowship and not an Organization. I have great interest in the Anglican Communion as an experience in koinonia. I have next to no interest in the Anglican Communion as ekklesia.
In "The Challenge of Change: The Anglican Communion in the Post-Modern Era" written just before the 1998 Lambeth Conference, I closed by remarking,
"The Anglican Communion should be supported and encouraged as a fellowship, a koinonia, rather than as an organization per se."
"Our own provisionality and hope for restoration to unity precludes our becoming too set on organizational structure. Our attention is drawn elsewhere, and from the viewpoint of faith, that is precisely what ought to be the case. We are drawn away from being a church and toward being a people on the Way, precisely insofar as we are drawn to the Gospel. For it is in the Gospel that we see Jesus as receiving and eating with a whole world of people who were outside the assembly self-defined by the people assembled.
Fellowship is always potentially wider than assembly. Koinonia is always potentially wider than ekklesia. We are called as the Anglican Communion to live with the tension that we do assemble --- but we do so knowing that those who come do not exhaust the lists of our sisters and brothers who should be and will be invited. "
"The vocation of the Anglican Communion is to be a force for greater koinonia, for overcoming the fragmentation of life in a vision of the whole people of God, in a time when fragmentation is what seems to be the rule of the day."
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.