(I'm not asking you to agree with me, I'm asking you to consider this perspective)
I have a newfound respect for the Archbishop of Canterbury which I, as many of you know, didn't have before.
It is very easy to criticize him from across the pond, or even from England, but meeting him and seeing how he deals with things is amazing.
Yes, I wish he would take a stand more similar to that which he did previously, but he is human and cannot work miracles by himself. He can not wave his arm and have everyone included and still have a church now. He has appeared to work on miracle however: He has designed a conference which has created a holy space and has an atmosphere of spirituality, comradary, and unity.
This conference is not a circus. It is not angry. It is not about mud slinging or being "right." Archbishop Rowan has designed a conference that is about increasing and growing ministry as a bishop. It is a "professional development" conference, for lack of a better term.
While it may be boring for the media, I could not be prouder to be an Anglican.
And I pray people (on both the left and the right) would stop writing nasty things who aren't here or can't get into the venues that only we and the delegates can get into, and don't know what they are talking about.
No, it isn't perfect. No, everyone isn't being included. But we are all trying to serve God the best we can.
GOD IS IN THIS PLACE.