I must admit to having laughed out loud (though not in a good way) having read the full statement on Fulcrum’s website criticizing the establishment of the Anglican Mission in England when I saw that it ended with these words:
We therefore call upon those evangelicals who have started down this new path to talk with Fulcrum and the full breadth of evangelicals who share many of their concerns but who question their strategy. We believe that only in this way can those who have launched AMiE hope to secure what they claim they wish to find, a goal to which Fulcrum is also committed — a way forward together in mission as evangelicals within the Church of England.
I am frankly not sure how, following events since the launch of Fulcrum at a fringe meeting at the 2003 Blackpool NEAC 4 (organized behind the scenes and sprung on the leadership with just three days notice), anyone from the Fulcrum Leadership Team could seriously address evangelical conservatives in such terms. Perhaps the first step might be an apology!
Nevertheless, in a bizarre way, I am reminded of the appeal of the entertainingly psychopathic Don Logan, Sir Ben Kingsley’s character in the eccentrically brilliant Sexy Beast: “Talk to me, Gale, I’m here for you. I’m a good listener.” (The rest of the dialogue, unfortunately, is unprintable — at least here.)
The thing is, for a moment Don really does believe he is a good listener, and presumably someone who drafted this paragraph really did believe Fulcrum could, in their own words, somehow help AmiE "secure what they ... wish to find" (which itself overlooks the behind-the-scenes official dialogue elsewhere which has so far led to a dead end, and is despite the assertion in the same breath that this is only what AMiE "claim" they wish to find).
One may reasonably wonder how Fulcrum — or even ‘the full breadth of evangelicals’ (whoever they are and however one would identify them) — expects to deliver on such a dialogue. There is not even a clear support for the CEEC ‘following motion’ on women bishops, so what sort of ecclesiological rabbit would be pulled out of the hat?
Nevertheless, we must remain positive! So if anyone wants to offer a way forward with such a dialogue, feel free to start the ball rolling here.Please give a full name and location when posting. Comments without this information may be deleted.