One of the things many of us in the Episcopal Church have counted on is that we are the established church. We are one of the mainline Protestant denominations. More Presidents of the United States have been Episcopalians than any other denomination.
We have been the established church in England since the 16th century. That exalted status has been with us in this country ever since the first Anglicans (our linguistic predecessors to the Episcopal Church) came to American shores in the early 18th century.
There have been some privileges that have accompanied this identity. And some costs. Dwight Zscheile points out one of them: "one of the things that the paradigm of establishment did to the church was to try and fix the sacred geographically – within consecrated buildings, tended by consecrated people (clergy). While Christian theology has historically affirmed God's presence and movement beyond the assembled community in the wider world, establishment tended to de-emphasize it." (Page 76, People of the Way.)
While many of us resist, regret and recoil at the shift from the Episcopal Church's place in the establishment to the disestablishment (along with virtually every other mainline denomination), it does open us up to a opportunity to see God at work in the world.
"In the Incarnation, God entrusts Godself to the hospitality of the world." (Page 77.)
As a church, we are no longer the mainline. We are outside. Instead of fighting that new place, perhaps we can take advantage of it and see how God is at work in the world.