"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Fort Worth welcomes Global South Communiqué

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth welcomes the Kigali Communiqué issued by the Primates of the Global South on September 22, 2006, and expresses our sincere gratitude for their courageous leadership and pastoral concern. We are encouraged by their recognition and endorsement of the faithful witness of the Anglican Communion Network, and we look forward to working with them in finding a solution for the need of Alternative Primatial Oversight for several of our dioceses.

We share the concerns they have expressed about the Presiding Bishop-elect, and we endorse their proposal that another bishop be chosen to attend the Primates Meeting in February in order to represent those dioceses and congregations who are abiding by the teaching of the Communion.

By a margin of 83 percent in both the clerical and lay orders, the Annual Convention of this Diocese went on record on November 8, 2003, with the adoption of the following resolution:

“We declare our commitment to work with those Bishops, Dioceses, and congregations, and those Primates and Provinces that will now move forward with a realignment of the Anglican Communion; we reaffirm the authority of Holy Scripture and our intention to continue faithfully to uphold and propagate the historic Faith and Order of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church under the sovereignty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

With faith and hope for the future of the Anglican Communion, we renew this commitment and affirmation at this time.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
October 2, 2006


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