Anglican Primates Meeting Issues Communiqué

Yesterday, the Primates of the Anglican Communion voted to impose sanctions on the Episcopal Church. These sanctions will be in force for three years and limit the Episcopal Church's abilities to vote and some participation in the committees and structures of the communion.

Bishop Rickel has commented on the situation on his blog, while on the Seminarian and New Priest Pilgrimage in the Holy Land.

"While this is regrettable, the move falls short of taking us out of communion, and at the same time keeps in some who threatened to walk out. As our Presiding Bishop so wisely says the Anglican Communion is really about our relationships and not about our structure, and those remain intact. He also wisely and eloquently reminds us that this may be a time and a call for us to live into helping move the Communion to a new place for full inclusion.

For my part, I said this morning to someone who asked me about it, it is almost like telling someone they can be a full member of the church, but they cannot serve on the Vestry. To some that might be great news! The truth is reconciliation is difficult work and it is work that takes sacrifice to make a reality. In the hopes of it, and yet also not giving in to the principles of inclusion we have moved to, this is acceptable to me. We agree to disagree, we stay in relationship, albeit in a lessened place at the table, and we work on this matter. Like the Presiding Bishop, I wish it were different, but for now, it is not."

Earlier this morning, Presiding Bishop Curry released a video responding to the vote outcome.

"This has been a disappointing time for many, and there will be heartache and pain for many, but it’s important to remember that we are still part of the Anglican Communion. We are the Episcopal Church, and we are part of the Jesus Movement, and that Movement goes on, and our work goes on. And the truth is, it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a Communion where all of God’s children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people. And maybe it’s a part of our vocation to help that to happen."

The full communiqué and announcement are available online.