In reality [breakway parishes] declared their independence from the national Church years ago. To come under Nigeria is effectively to do as they please. It allows them to put “Anglican” on the board, though they are basically congregationalists by a posher-sounding name. When they fall out with their new best friends in Nigeria — the history of schism suggests they will — another bishop will be found.
While the Episcopal Church weighs how to deal with the differences in whether to ordain partnered homosexuals or to develop rituals for blessing same sex relationships, and while the House of Bishops debates crucial issues, the National Council of the Church of Norway is reevaluating its pastoral practice after 14 years experience with civil unions in that nation.
Some of the biggest mega churches today realize the principle of “artisanal production.” They arrange members in smaller cell groups of study and accountability. These churches are successful both because some larger structure and larger set of resources has enabled them, but also because they remember the uniqueness of small communities of diverse faith.
The compromise being worked on over the weekend has seen moderate conservative bishops working with liberals bishops and senior Anglican officials on a formal statement that would keep the majority of US bishops together. American conservative bishops complained that the Archbishop of Canterbury refused to see them, or return their calls during his stay.