Since one of Jesus’ parting instructions was for the church to be one, it is difficult to take too much pleasure in a schism. Yet I’ll have to admit that there is something deliciously ironic about moderate congregations of the Episcopal Church U.S.A. ending their fellowship with the liberal national church, not to be independent but to put themselves under the authority of conservative dioceses in Africa. Yes, over the last couple of years frustrated Episcopalians have gone to Darkest Africa to find light. In August, three more churches, these in the Diocese of Los Angeles—the nation’s fourth largest—announced that they were leaving the Episcopal Church U.S.A. and aligning themselves with the Anglican Church of Uganda. The New York Times reported on this yesterday (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/03/national/03episcopal.html?th). “To address the problem, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has appointed a commission to make recommendations, which are expected on Oct. 18,” the Times said.