As an Episcopalian, I really try not to talk bad about my Anglican siblings in the ACNA because I came into Anglicanism after the split and I did not live through the tense times and really don’t think it’s a good look for me to critique them because of how some might perceive it
I am going to make an exception to my general rule right now, because…well.

So while y’all were out here worried about what the Southern Baptists might say and do, the Anglican Church in North America somehow managed to our SBC the SBC.
I don’t know who was in the room advising the ACNA Archbishop when he formulated his remarks at their Provincial meeting this past week (which seems to be at the same time as the SBC, ironically), but this ain’t it fam.
Archbishop Beach’s sentiments show where his biases lie. He, ostensibly, seems to bring correction to both sides of the vitriol he describes…except he doesn’t.
His remarks about CRT and racism shows that he seems to care more about what people post on social media than about the white Christian Nationalism in the streets.

White male Anglicans have literally made sexist, racist, and misogynistic remarks about Anglican CLERGY.
But Archbishop Beach is more concerned about clergy “emoting” on socials than dealing with the actual misogyny, racism, and Christian nationalism in his own denomination.
I just want to take a beat and say that, when I was considering becoming ACNA, I was welcomed by many lovely clergy and laypeople.

But I also want to say that I have seen nationalism, classism, elitism, racism, misogyny, all on display in ACNA also.
I had one particularly jarring experience in a church within Archbishop Beach’s own diocese.
Anyway, the ACNA out Southern Baptist-Ed the Southern Baptists.

Imagine having an entire denomination/movement as a captive audience and as a denominational leader you don’t say Jack Spit denouncing white nationalism.
Imagine having a captive audience, and you don’t say Jack Spit about showing respect for women clergy and how sexism and misogyny won’t be tolerated in your denomination.
Imagine having a captive audience, and you don’t say Jack Spit calling your white siblings to not be racist, but instead Miss Millie your way through elevating your denominations efforts to include Black clergy and churches.
Imagine fighting to be called Anglican, and being under African Primates, and not saying Jack Spit about colonialism and racism.
It’s the lack of self-awareness for me.

It’s the coddling white supremacy for me.

It’s the ignoring sexism for me.

It’s the lack of cultural fluency for me.
Anyway, I don’t like to shoot for people—and to be clear, I’m not coming for Archbishop Beach personally—nor do I always like to name names and institutions that I’m not part of like this. But anyway.

I need for my Anglican siblings to do better.
And I know that the Anglicans got some theobrogians who like to argue with and put down Black people and women. Y’all can keep that to yaself.

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