Over on his blog, Nick Knisely has written a thought-provoking piece. I encourage you to read the whole thing, but here's the punchline:
...I’m finding that I’m finding that I’m drawn more and more to the parallels between the relationship of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion on one hand and the Joseph and the other 11 sons of the Patriarch Jacob on the other. Joseph’s brothers decided that they could not tolerate his presence among them and took actions which sent him away from the rest of family and into that region beyond. But God used that act and Joseph’s life in Egypt to create a place that ultimately saved the lives of his father and his brothers. Perhaps as the Episcopal Church is told to walk apart and to go forth into a new world-view, it will be our task to find ways that the Christian Gospel can be preached effectively to a people for whom the old ways no longer work. And that some day God will bring all the members of the family back together again in a way that causes us to recognize that we need each other and we are not meant to live apart.
I suppose Nick may be right. I must say, if we are called to walk ahead (or, as I like to remind people, if the Akinolites choose to walk behind), then this gives our separation some meaning. Personally, I'm still hoping that we can walk together.
(Thanks to Jim Naughton for pointing me this way.)