In this first talk, Kendall describes two competing historical narratives in the Episcopal church and Anglican Communion, and along the way he states what he believes is the most significant event in the Anglican Communion in the past 50 years.
He also describes and challenges a competing theological narrative, and articulates a counter-narrative that deals with scripture, marriage, decision making in the church, and the shape of the gospel itself.
Finally he deals with a portion of Jeremiah, saying why he believes that it is the most important book for us to confront as Anglicans in crisis. He describes a number of themes for reasserting Anglicans.
1) We are in a time of judgment and exile.
2) Judgment forces decisions; we must decide.
3) Jerusalem is no more; we must deal with reality.
4) We must invest ourselves in our decisions while making those decisions tentatively.