TEC has issued a characteristically vague statement in response to the Vatican’s recent overtures to disaffected Anglicans.
The last sentence struck me as particularly revealing since it unwittingly portrays the confusion of TEC’s view of its mission:
The Episcopal Church is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and works together with other Provinces and with our ecumenical and interfaith partners to promote God’s reign on earth.
God does reign on earth, with or without promotion from TEC. What Jesus asks of TEC is in the Great Commission:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
TEC is too busy promoting its own reign on earth to bother with this.