I love a great deal about Anglicanism. I love the ancient worship, the liturgy, the Book of Common Prayer, the connection to the past, the emphasis on the sacraments, and many other things as well. But as much as I like the Anglican Church, I can't be Anglican. The reasons I can't be Anglican are not complicated or surprising, but they are, I think, a good example of the great struggle ongoing in American Anglicanism in general, which is why I want to share them. First, I can't be Anglican because I see the future of the Episcopal Church moving further and further away from Orthodox Christian teachings (and I am not talking about homosexuality). As the Church continues to lose conservative laity, clergy, and bishops to the ACNA and other denominations, the more liberal elements of the TEC will gain an even stronger foothold, continuing to alter everything that made the TEC great in the past. Further, because bishops pick bishops (and all the conservative bishops are leaving or have left) I don't see any hope in the future of conservative clergy being selected for leadership positions. In short, the system is designed to perpetually produce bishops who think like the bishops already in place, and since the bishops already in place are very liberal, it will be virtually impossible to reverse that. I look down the road 25 years from now and I see an even more liberal church than we see today, preaching a great deal of theological and social positions I simply cannot support, embracing abortion, attacking the sovereignty of Israel, etc.. Secondly, the growing ACNA and other similar breakaway denominations may be expanding, but the future of these denominations is very much up in the air. I have no idea whether they will be able to maintain their unity, and even if they do, they simply don't exist everywhere. There are far less people in the ACNA than there are in the Eastern Orthodox churches in the United States, and that really says a lot considering how hard it can be for many people to find an EO parish. Even if the ACNA is here to stay, I don't currently live in a place (despite living in the major metropolitan city of Chicago) that has a regularly operating ACNA parish, and I just don't know if I ever will. Third, I don't mind a good debate or theological fight, but the TEC is getting more and more unwilling to allow those who disagree with its liberal positions to remain in the denomination. The TEC appears angry and almost vengeful towards those who respectfully disagree or want to leave in peace. This opinion is evidenced by the fact that the TEC has spent millions of dollars taking away church property from congregations who built them over the course of many years (sometimes even centuries). The TEC doesn't really want tolerance, unless it works in the favor of theological liberals. Orthodox Anglicans have to stay in line or get out. And if they don't, they will be forced out, their properties will be taken, and then in some cases, the property will be sold off (sometimes to people of completely different faiths), all while the original congregation which did nothing but follow its conscience is left without a church home. Fourth, the TEC isn't just about religion. It's as much a political club as it is anything else, and I totally disagree with its "politics." I don't support a radical redistribution of wealth against the will of the taxpayers, I don't believe that taking away the guns of law-abiding citizens makes us safer, I don't believe is radical environmentalism (although I do understand we need to protect nature in some way), and I don't believe that you should be demonized for being successful in life financially. Putting money on the collection plate on Sunday now means supporting liberal political special interest groups as well, and that just isn't something I want to do. I am not trying to argue the merits of those positions here (it is not the place for it), only to point out that the TEC is actively promoting even non-religious positions which I do not support. For all of these reasons, I cannot be Anglican. Theologically, I am already Anglican in many ways, but in practice, it just isn't possible without violating my conscience. The TEC is destroying American Anglicanism, and while I would love to see Anglicanism survive its onslaught, I just don't think it is possible. The ACNA and like-minded groups will always be around in some sense, but the days where Anglicanism actually played a major role in American life are, I fear, over. I am very thankful for all of the devoted members of this forum for the efforts in speaking with me over the past few weeks on this issue and many other issues of Anglicanism. It has been a pleasure and I will definitely continue to stick around and talk with all of you going forward in the future as a brother in Christ.