ACNA - The Anglican Church in North America - has been established with great tada and makes the claim to having a large bucket of bishops, some 49 bishops, retired bishops and vicars general. There will be three more come September 9th, one of them an Anglican for just six short months.
The Rev. Todd Hunter, the quickie candidate, is the founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, California. Author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Todd is also the founding director of Churches for the Sake of Others, the West Coast church planting initiative for the Anglican Mission in the Americas.
Ordained on September 25, 1979 by John Wimber of Calvary Chapel and Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Todd was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Mission on March 23, 2009.
In a remarkably short time, from March 23 to September 9th, some six months, Tod will become bishop in the Anglican Mission in America. His election as bishops by the house of Bishops in Rwanda took place only three months after his ordination to the priesthood. Not to shabby.
The thing is, shabby shows up. The consecration of the AMIA bishops will take place in Pasadena, California on September 9th, and much of Bishop Hunter's work will be in the Diocese of California, an existing jurisdiction of the Anglican Communion. Archbishop Kolini, who has no regard for boundaries, will preside. I would suppose Archbishop Duncan will be at the gathering as well.
I don't suppose anyone has a bead on just how it is that bishop-elect Todd is steeped in Anglican theology and ethos, or how it is that he missed the part having to do with bishops holding jurisdiction.
AMiA is doing some interesting things, but very few of them have anything to do with Anglicanism, the Anglican Communion.
So, September the 9th. Yet another event that will go unnoticed by The Archbishop of Canterbury or the Anglican Communion Office. After all, AMiA is not part of the Communion, so who cares?
Perhaps the ABC should care. ACNA and its member church groups, AMiA for example, should be permanently "second tracked" for absolute disregard of the rule: Don't mess in another's back yard. Pretty soon there will be mucking about in his back yard. You can bet on it.