[VirtueOnline] 7 Oct 2008--With reluctance I write again. However, much has transpired within the global Anglican Communion that has gone unreported in the News. Your readers deserve a fair presentation of the reality on the ground. After all, "our mutual loyalty to one another" should be grounded in truth, and not in weak assessments (at best), or via orchestrated spin (at worst).
First, Bishop Chane of Washington DC has offered a reflection on Lambeth which soberly and fairly reflects what the Archbishop of Canterbury calls a state of "grave peril." Contrary to the vacuous "all is well" offered by many, Chane says: "Archbishop Williams sought what he believed was a middle way that unfortunately continues to marginalize the Canadian and American churches. . . " The Bishop of Alabama says the "strong center" held firm. Chane understands Lambeth's implications and accepts the reality that the "middle way" excludes increasingly both The Episcopal Church (TEC) and its counterpart in Canada (ACC).