"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.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Head of Orthodox Church in America expresses admiration and support for Anglicans who are realigning

Two weeks ago Bishop Iker had a meeting with the new head of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Jonah. Because the meeting took place at our cathedral I got to meet the Metropolitan, which was an honor. (Some of my best friends are OCA priests. Honest!)

From our diocesan website:

The leader of the Orthodox Church in North America paid a call on Bishop Jack Iker during a recent visit to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The two met for about an hour on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at St. Vincent's Cathedral in Bedford to discuss mutual concerns and goals.

The Orthodox leader requested the meeting with Bishop Iker. Consecrated the Orthodox bishop of Fort Worth and the South on Nov. 1, Blessed Jonah was elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada in a church synod just 11 days later. The Anglican and Orthodox churches have long enjoyed close theological affinities, having similar forms of worship and common roots in the faith.

Metropolitan Jonah, who was baptized in the Episcopal Church in Chicago as an infant, commended Bishop Iker and the Diocese of Fort Worth on the mid-November decision of the Diocesan Convention to separate from the errors of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

On Nov. 15, Metropolitan Jonah wrote, "I deeply admire the stance you have taken and offer my support to you and to your clergy and faithful, as we must stand together to bear witness to the full integrity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the fullness of the Apostolic Tradition."

During their Nov. 25 meeting, the two shared concerns about the assaults of secularism and revisionism on orthodox Christianity in the West. The meeting ended with the two bishops expressing their mutual desire to "make this pilgrimage together, moving ever more deeply into the heart of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church."

In a follow-up letter to Bishop Iker after the meeting, Metropolitan Jonah wrote: "There are multitudes of our American people who have been wounded in the 'culture wars,' which have brought long-standing essential American cultural institutions - like the Episcopal Church - to doctrinal, moral, and institutional degradation and collapse. It is my fervent hope that as the Orthodox Church in America, we can be a context of support for you and those communities with you that are seeking to realign themselves with Christians who stand fast in the Apostolic and Patristic Faith and Teaching."


Anonymous Miss Sippi said...

Thank you so much for posting this! I've left TEC and am headed towards the OCA myself.

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Blogger sam said...

Thanks for the link, Father. Love the photo!

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Blogger Canon Tallis said...

One wishes that Fort Worth would have had the grace to greet the Metropolitan in the equivalent habit, i.e., cassock, rochet and chimere. But the best part of this is that the new Metropolitan seems to be able to recognize classical orthodox Christianity even when it is not clothed in Byzantine dress.

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Blogger texanglican said...

Please do not be too hard on the good bishop of Fort Worth, Canon Tallis. This was a business/social meeting. The Metropolitan was passing throuhg DFW Airport (I believe) and had only a little over an hour to stop by our cathedral and meet Bishop Iker. (Thankfully we are only eight minutes from the airport here.) So they did not have a chance to participate in formal worship together. Hence the bishop's business attire. I assure you that full respect was accorded to the Metropolitan and the priest who accompanied him by the cathedral staff and our bishop!

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