After the Living Church published on 19 October a news report, Via Media Groups Mobilize for the ‘Day After’, the American Anglican Council got very excited about a document that came its way which was a partial rough draft of some minutes from a Via Media USA steering committee meeting. Curiously, the particular organisation discussed in this draft, the NACDAP,
hasn’t yet shown any reaction at all.
The author of the draft has issued a personal response which is reproduced here below the fold.
The silliness of all this is discussed by Mark Harris in this blog item, The AAC and the Via Media Memo: Lots of Noise and Smoke, and Certainly Paranoia.
A personal response
I am sorry that the world at large has been subjected to my unedited, unapproved set of minute notes from the most recent Via Media USA steering committee. The topics discussed at the Via Media USA steering committee are those that reasonable and prudent individuals who are committed to the Episcopal Church might discuss given the actions and statements of some conservative leaders here and abroad. If these conservatives were to act on their threats, Episcopalians in some dioceses where schism and abandonment of the communion of the church will then have taken place would need to move quickly within the structures of church canons and constitution to rebuild. That requires some advance thinking. Of course, our preferred course of action is to see this church healed and whole, welcoming to all.
As has been noted previously, Via Media USA is not associated in any way with the Via Media curriculum which was developed by Every Voice Network. In fact, there is no overlap of membership at a leadership level between these two groups. We both happened to choose the Via Media name (us, as a name for organizations and them as a name for a curriculum) because it is a treasured position of the Episcopal Church.
Joan R. Gundersen