A leader of a prominent evangelical Anglican group has been appointed bishop to Sherborne, one of the oldest episcopal seats in the country. The appointment of Dr Graham Kings is a strong sign that the Archbishop of Canterbury is winning the battle for Anglican unity.Read it all here.
Dr Kings, 55, is the founder of Fulcrum, which has campaigned for orthodoxy without schism in the Church of England. Centrist conservatives are resisting moves to defect over the consecration of a gay bishop and the blessing of same-sex marriages. Fifteen of these bishops in the US Episcopal Church this week published a statement arguing for the recognition of the individual diocese as “church” rather than the national province. If these were accepted it would mean that dioceses could individually sign up to the new unity document, the Anglican Covenant, even if a national Church refused to do so because it wished to pursue a more liberal pro-gay agenda.
Dr Kings said he believed that the strategy of Dr Rowan Williams to attempt to keep most conservatives and liberals on board through the “covenant process” was working.
A must-read on Graham Kings is from the Fulcrum newsletter last June where he divides up the Anglican Communion into four quadrants here, as well as proposals for reorganization of the Anglican Communion. I quarrel with this view because it separates people into silos and the 21 century is about crashing the silos. We will just not stay put in our own little quandrants, which quickly turn into theological and relational ghettos. I've written about that here and here.
The thing about nicely packaging up people into what I would call The Four Ghettos is that it gives the illusion of order in order to make ones political (and most of the time it's really political, not theological for it's about trapping someone into a ghetto where they can be either dismissed or controlled). But it is an illusion and every so often there is a prison break that catches the Ghetto advocates by surprise. Just saying.