I appreciate your recent article in which you took note of one opportunity for Anglicans to work together in the Diocese of Quincy in Illinois. As a missionary movement, The Anglican Mission (The AM) often finds itself establishing missions in ACNA and orthodox ECUSA diocesan lands. It is important in these formative times that Anglicans make every effort to build stronger cross-jurisdictional relationships, and share with one another our local strategies especially when we are working geographically side-by-side.
Our church planter in Peoria was about to be ordained deacon, so I contacted +Alberto Morales and invited him to participate with me in the ordination. The Bishop graciously accepted my invitation and in-turn invited two other bishops who were in the area. One Orthodox, and one from the COE.
Quincy’s Fr. Shawn Dubet offered his parish with the bishop’s approval as the ordination venue. It was a splendid service and an enormous blessing to be with these brothers in Christ. The service was every bit as beautiful as you described it. The Bishop celebrated and we joined hands as the Deacon was ordained. Fr. Dubet especially has been a blessing to our new planter, going so far as to offer him a place to meet as he gets underway.
One of my favorite moments that evening was when +Morales took me aside before the service had begun and told me that I was welcome in his diocese any time…he then handed me a flat package…As I opened it he said “And when you come, you may where this”. It was a beautiful mitre.
Now, I know that you asked for a comment, not a critique of your recent article with which I do have some solidarity...but the suggestion an AM bishop is holding back a person from service solely for being ECUSA seems highly speculative and inconsistent with AM practice or history, and that concerns me. I have dozens of former ECUSA priests working with me, and frankly, most of The AM bishops are former ECUSA priests themselves. I’ll tell you straight up…I have never heard of a person being held back from leadership for being with ECUSA if they were willing to be received into the The AM.
It concerns me that one parishioner’s opinion would be the sole basis for an implication that a whole movement or one of its bishops is ECUSAphobic. Speculation like this can be harmful to our best efforts to bring unity.
There are many other good signs of relationships being strengthened among Anglicans. We're church-planting together. We’re planting a new mission in Ohio with ACNA right now, and have planted 3 previously in partnership with CANA and Bolivia; sharing ordinations, and cross jurisdictional efforts like Anglican 1000 are all good signs.
And of course, I'm happy that God allowed Albert and me to share a John 17 moment. John 17:12 Father, keep those you have given me in the truth of your name, so that they may be one like us.
Anglican Mission in the Americas
Related reading: Growing Consensus that WO Must Be Addressed; Modernist-Traditionalist Divide in Anglicanism