I have moved to a new city in NC. I tried attending an ACNA church plant here. My background was AMiA/Pear/ACNA church in another city & before that TEC. The church plant pastor is from another church in another city I am familiar with, having an AMiA/Pear/ACNA history. I am using terms like pastor instead of rector, because that is the language used by the church, i.e. leadership team rather than vestry. My son went to the parent church & he said there is no formal confirmation process. He attended an RUF fellowship in college & said most of the people who go their got their faith formation in some kind of college ministry, BSF, or Young Life. The liturgy is changed sometimes to "change it up." There are no vestments, no BCP (liturgy printed in bulletin), K-Love music, etc. Other than the Eucharist, it feels like any community/evangelical church. Only one member I met came from a TEC/Anglican and I asked him why no BCP? He said the answer given to him is it's too much trouble to collect the BCP because they are a plant. Beyond what some people may say are esthetic differences, the sermons could be given at any evangelical or community church. Indeed it seems other than those coming from para-church formation, most seems to come from charismatic or evangelical church background. I am using evangelical in an esthetic & not in a theological sense, as I assume all orthodox Christians ascribe to evangelical thinking regarding 'coming to Jesus'. I find myself thinking, why not attend an evangelical church. Certainly, I would miss what 'brown bagged' liturgy there is, shown from a projector & MAC PC. I broke down this Ash Wednesday & went to an old school TEC parish because I wanted the smoke and mirrors. There is always a church tradition for any church. There are always symbols of faith, unless you go to a house church or Friends meeting. It's how the traditions & symbols affect one. Attending RC mass with my cousins as a young person, I found it moving, expressing something beyond what mere language does, & never felt myself in danger of confusing the temporal and spacial with the transcendent. However, when I have attended an evangelic or community church I have found it an impoverished expericence in some way. Like only reading about Hinduism, and then having the experience of visiting an ancient Hindu temple in Chennai. The evangelical or community church feels very much an intellectual or purely spiritual (in a negative sense) experience relative to a mass. As C. S. Lewis said, what we do with our bodies affects our spirits. Or as church fathers taught, the sacrament is a joining of the temporal & spiritual. If you don't get on your knees, you never get the sensation of submission to God. If the watering down of Anglican norms is to accommodate those coming from non-Anglican formation, then I understand proceeding in the spirit of being all things to all men, as St. Paul says, in order to bring people to Christ. However, when I hear of people on the leadership team saying 'why do we need all this BCP stuff', I am wondering if people are trying to make ACNA non-Anglican in practice. Then why not ask, why baptize infants, why scheduled confirmation class, etc.? Then indeed it seems to be just another community church plant, with a cool logo and a name like Fresh Wind Church, pastor's with tattoos & skinny jeans giving a sermon "people can relate to." Anyway, I find it depressing that people get excited about Jedi knights wearing vestments but find it too high church if their rector wears one.