I suggest we stop tearing our hair out trying to figure out the Archbishop of Canterbury. I frankly don't care if the Archbishop wants to demote us or throw us out or whatever. If anything, we should see this as an opportunity to strengthen our ties abroad on our own initiative, and to cultivate new ties (with the Lutherans, and the Methodists, for example). Perhaps our response to the Archbishop should not be a boycott of funds, but opening an Episcopal church down the street from Lambeth Palace. Perhaps we should be out there selling our vision of church as something other than a gentleman's club and a billy club to the rest of the world. I think the rest of the world would be very receptive to the idea of the Church as something other than an exclusive club of the saved for members only. The Bible would probably be better served if someone somewhere presented it as something other than a contract and a cudgel. Why not us?
The Episcopal Church was around long before the Anglican Communion, and it will still be around long after the Anglican Communion. Archbishops come and go, and we have none in the Episcopal Church, and there are none to whom we answer.
My infected eyes are recovering slowly. I'm having a devil of a time trying to contact this eye and ear hospital on Manhattan. The antibiotic seems to be working, but slowly. I'm able to function now, but sometimes the pain turns to almost intolerable itching. I hope to be fully recovered by the end of the week.
Colin Coward and Inclusive Church urges the Episcopal Church not to go gently into that good night. They urge us not to accept dismissals of our delegates, disinvitations to important Communion councils, and not to agree to any demotion in our status in the Communion. He urges us to actively resist rather than to politely accept.