How is the Diocese of San Joaquin doing now? I have no idea if this is a burning question in any one's mind outside of this diocese (except for the Executive Council and a few others in god ole NY -- I explain in a moment or two). Also, let me say this, this is a person in the pew review with no special knowledge. I stopped having whatever "special knowledge" sometime ago due to "issues".
Litigation: Have you ever witnessed grass grow? Well, litigation is slower than that (I'd like to think that is a joke but it is not!) All the bad guys who gave in early, precious few as they may be, did so and the rest are in a continuing litigious mood. By and large we do okay but I expect that most people directly involved in the illegal split may be forgotten by the time it all ends. True, we make progress but ever so slowly.
Returning Anglicans: you know the ones I mean. Much to my chagrin they return and like the prodigal son are welcomed with open arms. The diocese believes that for those returning no harm no foul. Grates on me personally since the Anglicans are neither repented or sorry or anything but slightly arrogant. I fear we may have part two here in the Central Valley, but o well.
Liturgy and Worship: Wow! we are good!
Outreach: While we are better, it appears to be backsliding into "same o same o". Too bad because there is so much need in the world. But hope springs eternal and we may reach out to the many downtrodden.
Doctrine: We are modern for the first time since Noah floated a boat. We are the "Big Tent".
Finances: The potential for the life of the diocese lies squarely on the shoulders of financial affairs. We have received help from lots of places and continue to do so. But the lack of a full complement of Episcopalians is the issue. EVERYONE is working on this because it is so crucial.
There is great joy in this diocese. Two great bishops! A revitalized clergy and laity stepping up to the plate, For the most part the pall is gone. But, we begin to slip back into the old ways. Let the clergy do it. From the clergy, you can trust us. This is the second abyss. Laity have stepped up but clergy have begun to flex again.
There you have it -- everything fit to print. Any questions?