The 74th General Convention has placed the Episcopal Church over and above the worldwide Anglican Communion by choosing to go its own way in the blessing of relationships outside of marriage and elevating a non-celibate homosexual to the office of bishop. This was done against the admonition and agreement of the Primates, contrary to the agreed statements of Lambeth, and even the pleading of the Archbishop of Canterbury.Read more
First of all, I want you to know we were involved at this church, not
just attendees. I had been on the Vestry and had been Junior Warden. I
had been the church Treasurer, and at the time of our departure I was
chairman of the finance committee. My wife had been a preschool and
Sunday School teacher, and both of our children, ages seven and nine,
were members of the children's choir.
2) In the sharpest contrast to that, the newly formed Network has already been recognized by a dozen primates as being in "full communion" with the rest of the Anglican Communion, and it has the explicit encouragement of the Archbishop of Canterbury.Read more
Yes, we must have a return to the recognition that Holy Scripture is the
final and ultimate authority for the whole Body of Christ. However, the
first Reformation did not happen in a vacuum devoid of education, and
neither can this one. Education of the laity (and in some cases,
apparently, the clergy) is absolutely necessary to prevent future crises
like the ones facing the Episcopal Church today.
With the background of a former Mennonite minister, nourished on a heavy
diet of Anabaptist history, in which divisions upon divisions are an
outstanding feature, I come with a strong conviction hammered out among
some of us younger ones who took it upon ourselves to discuss at some
length the issue of the "legitimate break."
Last week the Rector, Fr. John Miller, informed me that all but one of
the clergy, and all but one of the vestry, have decided to join the
Anglican Mission in America. They informed the congregation of this
decision at the Annual Meeting, which began last Sunday afternoon. The
Meeting began between the services on Sunday morning, and then it was
recessed - to be reconvened on this Saturday afternoon, January 31, at 1 PM.
The Times, unaccountably, gave the Williams excerpts the title 'Do the
Anglicans need a Pope?' - a question the archbishop, understandably,
does not ask. Dr Williams's own chosen title gives more of a clue to the
contents. He is in search, not of an Anglican identity, but of 'Anglican
Identities'. They are by no means the same thing.
Let me first say that what follows is my personal commentary as
President of FIFNA. It is not a Council statement. The Council is
scheduled to meet February 11-13, at which time Bishop Duncan plans to
be with us, as well as representatives from other Anglican
jurisdictions. I would expect that the Council will make a corporate
statement at the end of our meeting about the Network, and upon other
areas of concern and development.
The Network is Launched The first meeting was the convening session of the new Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes (NACDP). The network charter, theological statement, and purposes can be found on the AAC website: www.americananglican.org. The Network will provide oversight and support for congregations all over the U.S. in dioceses where invited by parishes.Read more
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