The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has for years had a graphic of a clock indicating just how close to midnight (meaning when atomic weapons get used again). At the moment it stands at six minutes to midnight, a not too comforting thought.
In AnglicanLand, with considerable wringing of hands there are times when it appears there are only moments to go before "the Communion falls apart" and "Anglicanism as we know it" is doomed. But unlike the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists whose assessments are both grim and very serious, the occasional bulletin of AnglicanLand doomsayers is less, well, scientific and less serious.
The Clock is ticking out there on the fringes of AnglicanLand where there is this thing called the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA). Formed as the first major rip in Anglican fabric, in which Anglican bishops outside the jurisdiction of The Episcopal Church saw fit to ordain bishops for work in that jurisdiction, AMiA has had an eleven year history that has been colorful and sometimes innovative. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Province of Rwanda. Its bishops are part of the college of bishops in Rwanda.
Now it appears that Bishop Chuck Murphy of AMiA has been give until day after tomorrow (that is Thursday) to bend the knee to the Archbishop of Rwanda, et al, or face disciplinary measures. All of this is reported by George Conger HERE.
So what? Well, AMiA is not recognized, even indirectly, by the official bodies in the Anglican Communion. If the thread to Rwanda is cut AMiA will not even have that basis for claiming to be Anglican. It will of course continue to claim it is Anglican, but that becomes more and more a claim like that of wondering bishops who claim to be the true, everlasting, total and real Catholic Church, while at the same time being nowhere at all. So the whole thing matters, but not a lot. If it all falls apart there will be simply some more wandering bishops.
AnglicanLand is a land of broad expanse and open to all sorts of oddities, but the notion that some disgruntled Episcopalians could get to be bishops in an African Anglican Province and think that they were home free and without accountability to Rwanda is just stupid.