1) Congregations used to be the primary "pressure release" in The Episcopal Church. An array of congregations gave space for differences and even eccentricities within dioceses and the denomination. Becuase something was "over in that other parish", one didn't have to fight about "it" so much if it wasn't foisted on other congregations. But Bishops represent the whole diocese and are leaders for "the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." (That is stated explicitly in the ordination service for bishops). Giving wide church oversight to someone with a really tangential point of view blows up the accomodating system that used to exist in TEC... although maybe that is the point of the Northern Michigan action.
2) The Book of Common Prayer is our unity, or so even "progressives" used to argue. But now we are elevating a guy who cuts out or rewrites the parts he doesn't like. Either folks were lying about unity, or this is just a dumb choice for bishop.
3) The would-be bishop bases his teachings on something the rest of us can't get at - his "soul work" in meditation. Common authorities like the Bible, Prayer Book and even church canons (rightly used) give people the opportunity to consult the same sources, debate on level ground, and even agree to disagree. With this would-be bishop, how is that done without personalizing any criticism of what he says? How do you get past him saying, "Well, you just don't understand what I experienced" when it comes to a disagreement? Really, really bad move for any organization to base leadership on one person's secret experiences.
4) Change in any organization needs time for digestion. We are still conflicted about the homosexual bishop. Why are we now forced to wade into another eccentric action?
There are days where I think that God has no investment in The Episcopal Church - if he did, he wouldn't have allowed such self-destructive leadership to emerge throughout the denomination. We don't need a "Biblical miracle" to destroy TEC - we are doing it to ourselves.
We need a Biblical miracle to heal TEC. On my better days, I pray for that.
God's will be done.