Nearing Rock Bottom
Archbishop Williams' appointment of Drexel Gomez to chair the Anglican Covenant committee is certainly provocative, as Gomez prima facie cannot be described as a neutral arbiter who like Williams is ready to set personal conviction aside in the interest of catholicity. Of course I may be wrong, but this appointment--at this time--is enough to drive some on the Anglican left, like me, who saw a covenant process as a reasonable way forward, near to despair. With Gomez in charge, it seems the covenant will have the sentiment of Lambeth 1.10 written in as a condition for full, normal communion. We will in effect have moved from the "Lambeth Quadrilateral" to the "Lambeth Pentagon," where what is now a partisan reading of Scripture will be taken as normative for the fullness of a church's Christian being. That would be a curious and deplorable turn of events, and one well worth resisting while there is an iota of a chance of success, and even after should the worst come to pass.
I cannot help but see Willaims' hand forced in all this by the current state of the Church of England. He cannot abide its disintegration, but probably feels that siding against Lambeth 1.10 would lead to the CoE's disintegration via schism with right wing evangelicals. For instance, Alpha et al have been enormously successful in promoting the evangelical wing of Anglicanism in England, whereas the Affirming Catholicism movement there as elsewhere simply has not kept up.
That is to say, the Anglican left is being forced to the wall by its failure to recommend its way of living Christianly and responding to the Gospel. The Episcopal Church may be somewhat different, inasmuch as our evangelicals remain a minority--still, TEC has not done well across the board evangelizing into its distinctive way of living Christianly. A future shift in the Anglican Communion from apostolic catholicity to enforced right-wing dogmatism would be part of a broader difficulty, one ranging widely within Christianity as a whole: the right wing in various forms increasingly dominates more and more of a shrinking pie as globally Christianity moves further and further into a post-Christian era, where numerical success increasingly comes at the intersection of evangelicalism and megachurch "wealth gospel" dreck of the Word Faith movement variety, signalling Christianity's near complete capitulation to the lifestyle of secular materialism.
Partly it may be that the cause of truth and justice--properly God's cause--seems to too many better pursued elsewhere, so that the secular minded may see little point in prayer, baptism, and eucharist. They may ask, what's the point of all that extra stuff, when what needs to be done is so clearly over here instead?
How well can you explain the difference being Christian makes, or being part of the Christian church makes, to those among the virtuous secular?
I know--and you may know as well--a number of young people in Gen Y and Z who are unbaptized, and have reached the age of reason and beyond oblivious to the church as they pursue their various laudable secular paths. When I have talked to them, they are shocked to see anyone educated entertaining Christian belief--or even theism. And that is as good a place for evangelism to dig in and start its work as anywhere alse. What would you say?