At least according to Ann Fontaine,
lay clergy delegate from Wyoming:
I used to be much more tolerant of those who have now split away from TEC. Sad to say my experience has not supported continued tolerance. They have smeared TEC around the world with their claims that “it is not about honestly gay bishops” (oh sure - so far have not seen any credible evidence of any other complaint [Greg’s note: Might want to skim this thread, Ann]), made videos like Choose the Day, made overt plans to bankrupt us (see Chapman report [Greg’s note: Technically, the Chapman memo was covert]) and take every last cincture. More and more I have come to see them like those parishioners who every other week come in threatening to take away their pledge because the local church did or did not do something. None that I have encountered in real life have done anything but lie. One, here in Wyoming lied to the bishop the day before leaving with a bunch of his groupies. He even preached an all sweetness and light - don’t we all love each other sermon at an ordination the night before. All along plans were being made to see how much they could take out the “back door.”
This has been my lived experience - so whatever you might say about how honorable all these leavers are - I don’t see it.
I think one bishop’s approach from day one - “not one candlestick”—- is one I now find wise. I understand that they think we are going to hell and they don’t want to go with us—- no problem—I offer prayers and blessings on their journey wherever we all end up. Placating them - negotiating - etc. is seen as an open door to more abuse.
Wish my experience was different but it is not. Ann