Doctrinally speaking, the denomination is by no means monolithic. It includes at least this many subsets.
- Doctrinal conservatives (though a shrinking number) who disapprove of gay ordination and often women’s ordination.
- Doctrinal conservatives who are OK with ordaining women but find ordaining gay’s a bridge too far.
- Some who consider themselves orthodox according to the creeds (and this one is probably hardest for conservatives to fathom) who approve of ordaining gays and allowing the blessing of same sex relationships.
- Liberals (which certainly includes some bishops) who think a little ferment is good for the church and don’t mind losing a few phrases of the Nicene Creed.
- Liberals who would like to rewrite the Creeds (which apparently includes Forrester).
- Then there is a group who are hard to pin down on creedal orthodoxy but can’t stand bad ecclesiastical process (Forrester was the only candidate on the ballot).
And I know I’ve left some people out.
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As I suggested in my previous posting, the response to the Forrester case shows that thinking of the Episcopal Church in the exclusively binary terms of Left vs. Right is, at best, a caricature that whitewashes the complexities of reality. The diversity represented by these six doctrinal groups is a reminder of that complexity.