George Conger has been the primary reporter tracking the doings in the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) group. Most of his articles are over on his blog, transferred there from the Church of England Newspaper and other venues in which he writes. He is an aggressive enough reporter to sometimes get ahead of the curve and become something of news himself, but mostly he pushes just enough to get to some real news. His articles have been very helpful.
However, at the close of an article in Christianity Today he is quoted as making this rather odd statement:
"The liberals in the Episcopal Church are having a field day," he added. "They're saying, 'They split once, and now they've split again. It must go to show that they are rebels at heart and not really motivated by any gospel imperative."
He has slid off into his commentary persona, reporting on his own impressions than on facts, or at least I think so. I will admit, I have no inkling of just how much a field day we liberals are having. There seems to be only limited interest in what AMiA does anymore, since from at least some liberal perspectives AMiA has been living for a long time in an ecclesiastical universe far far away from that of the Anglican Communion.
I consider myself a liberal (at least some of the time) although my hope is that I will finally be considered as a visionary. But I am not in charge of that. As more or less liberal I take no pleasure in AMiA's troubles.I do not think they are "rebels at heart and not really motivated by any gospel imperative." Rather because I believe they are motivated by a gospel imperative and have been motivated to new evangelical energy around congregational development I find the recent decisions made by Bishop Murphy sad indeed. AMiA folk do not seem to this liberal to be "rebels at heart." They have some gospel imperatives well in hand, at least some of the time.
From my perspective, what they lack is church order. They simply don't have a well defined sense of episcopal obligation to a church order out of which their license / orders derive.
If there is any "field day" being had, at least in this wee part of the liberal camp, it is to note that NOT messing in other's back yards is not only old and good canon law, it is good sense. AMiA's drift from Anglican ways of being was pretty much a settled thing from the outset.