Over in Church of England territory, a new thing has come, the Anglican Mission in England (AMIE). Thinking Anglicans has pointed out this new wedge group. Name kind of reminds one of the Anglican Mission in America (now in the Americas) - AMiA or the American Anglican Council (AAC). AMIE assures us that they are sticking with the CofE. Don't count on it.
Earlier today in my last post, I opined, "One day, when the CofE finds its own Anglican Church in England, Scotland and Wales (ACESW) claiming to be the Province of record in the Islands off the coast of Europe, they will understand." I wonder if I'm not right and AMIE is just a snake handlers distance from ACESW.
I think it time for CofE regulars to begin to take seriously the possibilities that GAFCON and like minded so called evangelicals of a certain literalistic stripe are ready to leap. If it works in some parts of Africa, why not in good ol England?
This blog, and several like it, exist because it took a long time for the leadership of The Episcopal Church to recognize the seriousness of the organizing that led to the development of the Anglican Church in America.
For some years essayists on Louie Crew's pages and in the few progressive rags in the church had to carry the message that this was not more of the same quarrelsome crowd of the 1980s and 1990's. This crowd was on its way to organizing, believing the time was ripe for a takeover of the minds and hearts of Anglicans in the US and Canada. The catch-up took some time. Maybe now with the blog world in place and the Internet the odd and powerful tool that it is, CofE regulars will come to the aid of the Church in the Isles.
GAFCON will indeed become an alternative to the Anglican Communion and no matter what happens with the Anglican Covenant, individual dioceses and parishes are likely to slide on over to what begins as a group effort within the CofE and will later look like a major alternative to the CofE as "Anglican."
Time to pay attention to the first blasts and battles of the fight for the soul of the CofE itself.
I hope I am wrong. But I don't think so. AMIE is no friend of the Anglican Communion. I can smell the mendacity.