The Bishop of Durham, Dr Tom Wright, has published a long and stinging critique of the 'Covenant for the Church of England' which was released a few days ago. It's an analysis that is worth taking the time to read.
One danger in publishing anything on the struggles in the Anglican Communion at the moment is that once it is said, it is said. The agenda is set and it is difficult to retract. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent.
Further fragmentation of the community can result, if we speak when we really ought to shut up. I fear that is now happening, precisely at the time when we need to stand together.
I know the frustrations that some colleagues down south are feeling. I have felt them too at times. If nothing else, the 'Covenant' will let the House of Bishops feel the pain that some are in, and try to support them better. Hopefully no-one will dig deeper trenches, the better to lob grenades from.
The local church is still where the hope of the world is encountered. In action, in deed, in worship. It's what happens there that really matters. It's where the faith is taught and caught, given away and received, interpreted and understood. It's at the local level that God meets people. It's at the local level that we need to get it right. The institutional church will often be a let down, and there is not much that individuals can do about that, save stick at it and witness to what God is doing locally. And He can effect change and establish a radical gospel presence in any local community. The rest all too easily becomes a play for power, status or recognition.
We need to quietly wait, not only for the Primates of the Anglican Communion to give the lead, but for the grace of God to appear in all this mess.
It is Advent, after all.