An organization in freefall

The SCAC has announced two new members:
  • Bp Paul Sarker (Moderator of the Church of Bangladesh and Bishop of Dhaka)
  • Revd Canon Janet Trisk of South Africa (Rector of the Parish of St David, Prestbury in Pietermaritzburg, in the Diocese of Natal)
It also happened to mention in passing "the resignations of Archbishops Justice Akrofi and Henry Orombi".

So, in the course of a year (so far) they have lost 4 of 15 members. And another member, Katharine Jefferts Schori, has been encouraged to resign. This is not good for any organization.

All 4 have been amongst the more conservative (though conservatives remain).

2 of the 4 resigned were elected by the Primates' Meeting. The 3 who remain are at the liberal end of the spectrum (Aspinall prefers 'moderate').

From so far down the mountain it is hard to see what is happening at the top - but the implication would seem to be that the conservatives have decided they will no longer participate at the highest level of the Anglican Communion. Can formal schism be far behind?

The current membership is:

  • Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (chair)
  • Archbishop Philip Aspinall of Australia
  • Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church
  • Archbishop Barry Morgan of Wales
  • Bishop Paul Sarker of Bangladesh
  • Bishop James Tengatenga of Central Africa (ACC chair)
  • Canon Elizabeth Paver of England (ACC vice chair)
  • Bishop Ian Douglas of the U.S.-based Episcopal Church
  • Anthony Fitchett of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
  • Dato Stanley Isaacs of the Province of South East Asia
  • Philippa Amable of West Africa
  • Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe of Ceylon
  • The Rev. Canon Janet Trisk of South Africa

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