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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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kenya to Create an Anglican Jurisdiction in North America

This press release has been issued by the Anglican Church of Kenya (hat tip to Stand Firm):

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

God in His mercy has granted us a great salvation in Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit. The foundations of that faith have been celebrated and shared through many centuries and cultures. In particular, we rejoice in the godly Christian heritage of this faith that we have received in the Anglican Communion.

Now, the fabric of the Anglican Communion has been torn by the actions of The Episcopal Church. The damage has been exacerbated by the failure of the House of Bishops there to provide for the care called for in the Windsor Report and to reject the Pastoral Council offered through the primates in their Communiqué from Dar es Salaam.

Tragically, the Episcopal Church has refused to provide adequate care for the faithful who continue steadfastly in “the faith once delivered to the saints.” Following months of consultation with other provinces, the Anglican Church of Kenya is taking steps to provide for the care of churches under our charge.

As a part of a broader and coordinated plan with other provinces, the ACK will consecrate The Revd Canon Dr. Bill Atwood as Suffragan bishop of All Saints Cathedral Diocese, Nairobi of the ACK to support the international interests of the Anglican Church of Kenya, including support of Kenyan clergy and congregations in North America.

Our goal is to collaborate with faithful Anglicans (including those in North America who are related with other provinces). A North American Anglican Coalition can provide a safe haven for those who maintain historic Anglican faith and practice, and offer a way to live and work together in the furtherance of the Gospel.

Yours sincerely,
The Most Rev. Rev. Benjamin Nzimbi
ARCHBISHOP OF KENYA &
BISHOP OF ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL DIOCESE

NOTE: Archbishop Akinola has endorsed this move by Kenya, and pledges full cooperation between CANA and the new Kenyan bishop's organization.

Uganda is also on board with Kenya's announcement.

This is starting to sound like the core of a new province, is it not? CANA, the Kenya affair, AMiA, the most "forward" Network dioeses, the REC, and the APA--now that would be a formidable province from Day One!!

2 Comments:

Blogger Taylor Marshall said...

American Anglicanism is going to be knotted up worse that American Eastern Orthodoxy...

1:54 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

I don't see that division, Taylor. This has all the hallmarks of a planned exit from under the domination of TEC. I am excited about the possibilities. I have no reason to doubt that by year's end the Anglican diaspora will be reunited in a new province.

9:44 PM  

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