Here's an excerpt from Radner's article published in The Living Church:
In the face of the tragedy in Haiti, I want to make a proposal. It’s not a realistic proposal, I grant; but it is a serious one. My proposal is this: that all those Anglicans involved in litigation amongst one another in North America — both in the Episcopal Church and those outside of TEC; in the Anglican Church of Canada, and those outside — herewith cease all court battles over property. And, having done this, they do two further things:
a. devote the forecast amount they were planning to spend on such litigation to the rebuilding of the Episcopal Church and its people in Haiti; and
b. sit down with one another, prayerfully and for however long it takes, and with whatever mediating and facilitating presence they accept, and agree to a mutually agreed process for dealing with contested property.
Before addressing the “unrealistic” character of this proposal, let’s be clear about the money that may be involved. As I read TEC’s national budget, for instance, over $4 million has been spent already on “Title IV” and litigation matters in the dioceses, and over $4 million more is budgeted for the next triennium. Let’s assume that some comparable amount is being spent by the opposing parties — maybe not as much, but still a lot. I don’t know … $3 million over the past three years and $3 million more over the next? Maybe less. Then there are the dioceses alone that are spending their own money. I know that Colorado has spent upwards of $3 million in these matters, and its opponents again, perhaps less again but certainly a sizable amount. I really don’t know what we’re talking about here — maybe $20 million already spent, maybe more? And certainly another $10 million in the pipeline.
Isn’t this rather crazy? Isn’t this in fact unfaithful? Isn’t this, indeed, perverse and even blasphemous?
And it is certainly so in the face of the needs we have just been witnessing in Port-au-Prince, needs which, it must be said, have been around us all the time these past years, but here have come into a blinding and heart-rending focus. ...
... with these kinds of movements in place, there could be, through God’s mercy and spiritual movement, a rethinking of the shape that North American Anglican struggles have taken, the toll they have wrought, and the call to a different form of engaging deep disagreements, even ones that, in themselves, brook little resolution on a theological plane. Who knows what God might do to people who humble themselves enough to give themselves away?
This is all very serious, as I said. Whether or not I have this or that detail correct, the general thrust of the proposal is clear enough and, to my mind, compelling enough in terms of gospel truth and divine demand. What would Jesus do? I think we all know.
But I also realize that it is all rather unrealistic: TEC leaders will say they have a fiduciary responsibility to sue for disputed property, and that this is “mission”; departed congregations and dioceses will say the same thing in a different guise, and add that “TEC started it”; each will say the other won’t listen or has never responded to overtures for mediated discussion; the level of mistrust and hostility is seemingly too high to overcome with either reason or charity.
Meanwhile, we will text our $10 to the Red Cross, give $25 to Episcopal Relief and Development or Anglican Relief and Development, wire a little money here, dig some trenches there, salute Paul Farmer and microcredit programmers for good work, and go back to court. Haiti will struggle, but not alone; Christ will be there, even as he leaves us behind.
Read it all.