Some of us are both gay and conservative, and for us, the question isn’t so much how to hold diverse groups within TEC together — the more “progressive” lesbian and gay Christians “over there,” say, with the more “conservative” traditionalists “over here.”
Our new Presiding Bishop talks about Jesus and "the Jesus Movement" a great deal. I expect Episcopalians will find a degree of unity around this theme. But I don’t expect us to stop fighting. Why? Because there are still two very different narratives about Jesus in play.
Party spirit has invaded the Church. To be taken seriously, one must be either a traditionalist or a progressive.
The debate about the influence of what is termed culture on faith lies behind most conflict in the contemporary Western Church. Of course it all depends on how one defines “culture” and how one defines “faith.”