The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, in a long article found here,
describes and laments how The Episcopal Church lost trust with the rest of the Anglican world.
Now, most of us who call ourselves "Anglicans" nod our heads in agreement with that, but Dr. Radner goes on to say,
And to add to this confusion, the unconscious attempt to rediscover an integral character has led to a proliferation of alternative manufactured “histories” and “characters”, especially among reactionary groups driven to uncover some new basis for Christian trust in their ecclesial existence. Hence, the appeal to the 39 Articles, this or that edition of the Book of Common Prayer, a particular scriptural hermeneutic or conversionary paradigm, etc., as if an embrace or establishment of this ecclesial criterion, fixed now de novo in the midst of a historical map that simply doesn’t lead to this singular destination, could create a cohesive authority capable of garnering the wide trust of any but a small group of local devotees.
OK, that's hard to understand. What he's saying is that many of us, rightly upset by the insanity and faithlessness of TEC, will grab onto some little bit of Anglican treasure like a piece of debris and hang on with a few friends (or maybe alone, with just our own opinions).
This need not be our way forward - indeed, it is a retreat. When we look at Anglicanism in Africa, or in the Diocese of Sydney (Australia), or Christ Church, Plano (Texas), we see missionary growth and vitality in the body of Christ.
So, whaddaya think? What is our way forward here on the Northern Plains?