Monday, June 4, 2012

Kicking the can in Chicago

The less said here about the unraveling of the Anglican Mission in America (AMiA), the better. The inevitable dissolution of a once promising movement is painful to watch, even for those of us who are quite pleased to have found a way forward by staying connected with our Rwandan co-laborers. It only makes matters worse when the withering remnant of the AMiA continues to flail away with grandiose dreams of rebooting itself as "a society for mission and apostolic works." The communique from today's gathering in Chicago is an incredibly weak attempt to put on a happy face and kick the can down the road just a little further. Apparently, we will now have to wait at least until the end of July for the final chapter of this saga to be written.
Adoption of a provisional Constitution today allows for the Anglican Mission to operate until leaders meet for an Inaugural Assembly in Atlanta later this summer. The Assembly will begin with opening worship on the evening of July 31 and continue the next day with its business. At this time, we will formally adopt the Constitution and Statutes for the Anglican Mission as a Society of Mission and Apostolic Works. This will complete a long process that began in May 2011 and included a eight collaborative and evaluative meetings of leaders to discuss, assess and plan specifics of the Mission Society, with an end result that reflects the best thinking of our lay and ordained members.