American Anglican Council: Here's what to do now
The American Anglican Council, a group representing the orthodox members of the Episcopal Church USA, has issued a short guide for church members distraught over the church's approval of an actively gay bishop. Included is the following list:
- Do NOT say you are leaving the Episcopal Church.
- Do NOT say you are breaking Communion with your bishop.
- DO say you are NOT leaving the Anglican Communion.
- Do NOT sue for your property or take unilateral action.
- DO hold on until [orthodox bishops, clergy, and lay leaders meet in Plano, Texas in October].
- DO give the orthodox bishops and archbishops six months to achieve a framework for dramatic realignment.
Contrary to what Weblog guessed earlier, the Plano meeting will be held October 7 to 9, the week before Anglican Primates (the heads of Anglican churches around the world) meet to discuss whether the Episcopal Church USA has removed itself from the Anglican Communion, and whether to set up a new Anglican church in the U.S.
Meanwhile, the AAC says, orthodox Anglicans should "redirect money from structures which support these actions (parish, diocese, national church), and give to parishes, dioceses, organizations and mission agencies which are upholding mainstream Anglicanism, such as the AAC, [Forward in Faith North America], and Ekklesia." They should also reach out to other orthodox Episcopalians, communicate their rejection of the church's actions, love homosexuals, pray for God's grace on the church, forgive those who voted unbiblically, repent for their own participation in the church's sins, and "Rejoice…God is still on the throne."
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